Politics: High School relay team disqualified from state championships due to 'religious gesture'

Published by: Robert Laurie on Friday May 3rd, 2013

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By ROBERT LAURIE - More educational insanity...

When you cross the finish line, clinch the regionals, and are headed to the state finals, you'd better not give God any credit.  ...at least not until you're well away from the easily-offended eyes within the "competition area."  If you do, apparently you'll be disqualified.

That's the lesson being learned by a boys 4x100 relay team from Columbus, Texas.  It seems that, upon winning their race, the final runner committed the unforgivable act of "pointing to the sky" after crossing the finish line. The "point" is a common gesture among athletes who acknowledge a higher power. However, a judge with the "University Interscholastic League" (UIL) decided that it constituted a "celebratory gesture" and stripped the team of its title.

The official ruling was "unsporting conduct" under a rule designed to keep poor winners from taunting the losers. 

Obviously, this was not intended to be a mean-spirited act, and one of the runners’ fathers', K.C. Hayes, is fuming. "It's not a malicious act," he said. "It's not a taunting act. It's a 'we did it' and he knows where the source comes from. I know him. He's not a malicious kid. On a football field he'll hit you and then help you up."

So far, the UIL is standing firm in their decision, giving the United States another glimpse of how deeply misguided its educators truly are. Hayes should just be grateful that his son didn't chew a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

Here's the report from Fox Houston..

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What do you guys think?  Is there a breaking point to all this madness?  Will we ever get to the day when parents become so fed-up with scholastic lunacy that they actually do something about it?

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