But our athletes might get cooties!

A high school baseball team in Arizona was poised to go to the state championship, but forfeited before the big game.  Why?

Paige Sultzbach, a freshman, is playing baseball because her high school doesn’t offer girls softball. But the school Mesa Prep was to face in the final, Our Lady of Sorrows Academy, said its boys would not compete against a team with a girl and forfeited the game – and the state title – to Mesa Prep.

They get to tell her how to manage her body, that she can’t use birth control, and now they get to tell her which sports she can’t play.  And if the non-Catholic school doesn’t abide by their rules, if others don’t sit down in reverence to their bigotry, well they’ll just take their toys and go home.

Good!  Take your anti-woman culture and leave.  We’re better off without it.

Mesa Prep’s headmaster gets it wrong.

“It takes tremendous moral courage to stand by what it is you believe, and they are doing what they think is right,” Mesa Prep Headmaster Robert Wagner told KTVK.

Sure it does.  But all the courage in the world doesn’t make ill-formed morals any better.  They need to be called on being sexist, not praised for how bravely sexist they are.

Mesa Prep’s athletic director, on the other hand, gets it almost right.

“I respect their views, but it’s a bit out of the 18th century,” Amy Arnold, Mesa Prep’s athletic director, told the Republic.

Oh come on, don’t say you respect their views and then say they’re outdated before you finish the sentence.  Say their morals have no place in the 21st century.  It’s true.  Piss on playing politics.  Far too often immorality gets to hide behind propriety and it’s a damn shame.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Rory

    It takes tremendous moral courage to strap on a bomb and walk into a crowded market place, but I’m pretty sure we don’t give points for that.

    This is a good teachable moment, though. The guys on the Mesa team who know that Paige is every bit as good as they are will remember the religious d-bags who would rather forfeit than treat a woman as an equal. And the boys from Our Lady will remember that they gave up their chance at the championship out of some ridiculous concept of what women should or shouldn’t do. Maybe something good will come out of this.

  • John Eberhard

    “They need to be called on being sexist, not praised for how bravely sexist they are.”

    Any time you look around and parts of this century resemble the first century, you know there is a religion nearby.

    • http://johnnykaje.wordpress.com/store Johnnykaje

      That should be a bumper sticker.

  • iknklast

    Well, I look at it this way: they forfeited the game, so the team with the girl got the championship. How’s that for rewarding tolerance? I love it. Punish the other team for having a girl by giving them the title! That’ll show ‘em.

    • John Horstman

      Well, it’s not like they’re big on rational thought…

  • arakasi

    I heard about this when I was getting lunch this morning. The TV was tuned to ESPN and this was the subject of a call-in show. The host and the 4-5 callers that I heard all agreed that Our Lady of Sorrows were being morons.

    The comments ranged from “How do you tell a bunch of kids who made it that far that you won’t let them play” to “What, are they afraid that they are going to get beaten by a girl?” I found it pretty encouraging.

  • Zugswang

    Headline: “School fears patriarchal dogma will be proven invalid if their baseball team loses to a girl”

    • DaveL

      More like “Catholic School Forfeits: Coach fears participating would result in players getting to second base with a girl.”

  • Randomfactor

    Let’s have the Sad Sacks sit out the next season…just so they can show how much they mean it.

    Morans. Our Lady Wept.

  • thztds

    The article also states that in the two regular season meetings between the teams, Paige sat out of the games at the request of the bigots. I’m just glad that Mesa Prep finally stopped accommodating such an ugly request.

  • alanuk

    They should worry! I am going for a scrotal ultrasound scan with a female sonologist. I do get a chaperone (or perhaps she does) who may be male or female.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Erulora Erulóra Maikalambe

    “It takes tremendous moral courage to stand by what it is you believe, and they are doing what they think is right,” Mesa Prep Headmaster Robert Wagner told KTVK.

    Doing what you think is right isn’t really all that commendable if you’re absolutely wrong about what’s the right thing to do. I’d cite a major example, but it’s a bit soon to Godwin this thing.

  • Steve

    Their views are nothing to be respected. Automatically having to say that you respect religious views, no matter how silly, is just sign of the sad state of the society and the undeserved status religion has

  • http://reasonableconversation.wordpress.com Kaoru Negisa

    Yea, I was reading about this and the bruise on my chest that I got from fencing a woman last Wednesday started acting up. Seriously, she doesn’t need protection from me, and next time we cross swords, she’s getting stabbed in the face. %) That is, of course, if she let’s me, because that woman is an amazing fencer.

    In all seriousness, stories like this do take on a special meaning for me since I joined the SCA. The area I’m in happens to have a lot of amazing female fighters and women doing all sorts of traditionally male things, so the very idea that women somehow need special treatment that is incompatible with the competition field is remarkably laughable. I know people like the players at Our Lady of Mindnumbing Stupidity really think they’re being kind by not letting this shrinking violet even have the chance of getting hurt, but they’re working on the flawed assumption that she is somehow incapable.

  • MichaelD

    I prefer to think that they realized how totally awesome she was at baseball. This lead to a crippling loss of morale as visions of their impending crushing defeat began filling their heads. I mean there’s not shame in accepting their inevitable defeat. ;p

    Ok more seriously unless I read something wrong it sounds like Mesa Prep earned their way to the finals (as did Paige). So there would be no shame or anything in loosing to a team that deserved it as they did. Actually why do they give a damn at all wasn’t the french catholic army lead to victory by a woman, Joan of arc, that thy went on to name a saint. So what its ok for a woman to lead an army in our cause and vanquish our enemies but playing a game of baseball against a team with a girl is too much. I’m sorry this just seems hypocritical on top of being sexist and stupid.

  • Desert Son, OM

    The article also states that in the two regular season meetings between the teams, Paige sat out of the games at the request of the bigots.

    That part really breaks my heart, to think that there was Sultzbach, who clearly likes the game so much that she seeks out the baseball team when softball is unavailable, has to sit and watch “the boys” play.

    It would have been kick-ass if, upon hearing that Sultzbach was being asked to sit out the regular season games, the boys of Mesa Prep asked to sit those games out, too. Really put the screws to Mesa Prep to show just how bullshit it was to cave in to Our Lady of Sorrows. At least they came around at playoff time.

    Apparently, the Good Catholic Menz at the Good Catholic School(tm) are also irony-impaired. They won’t play against a woman, but they will take the field under the banner of “Our Lady of Sorrows.”

    Facepalm was invented for folks like this.

    Congrats to Mesa Prep, and especially to Paige Sultzbach, on the state title!

    Still learning,


  • Zinoviev Letter

    It’s worth pointing out that the neanderthals who run the school in question aren’t capital C “Catholics”.

    They belong to the Society of Saint Pius X, a breakaway group of hardline conservatives who reject the teachings of the mainstream Roman Catholic Church on a range of questions. There are many things wrong with the RCC, but some bizarre old school opposition to women playing sports or to coeducation are are not amongst those things.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KacyRay kacyray

    “and now they get to tell her which sports she can’t play.”

    They did? Really? Where did you read that?