Demons to Blame for Incident That Never Happened

Demons to Blame for Incident That Never Happened May 21, 2013

You may have heard the brief religious right freakout a couple weeks ago over a high school track athlete allegedly disqualified from a race after he won and gestured toward the sky to thank God. Since that fed right in to the persecution complex, it spread like wildfire. But then the family pretty quickly admitted that this isn’t what happened at all and it all died down. But not for our old pal Gordon Klingenschmitt. Not only is he still repeating it, he’s got an explanation for it — the same explanation he has for everything he doesn’t like, “demonic spirits.”

He’s inspired by the Holy Spirit and he points his finger up in the air to praise God. I see the Holy Spirit inside of these young men who won that race.

Even as they are now pointing to God and praising God for that victory, something terrible happens; there’s a demonic spirit now that enters the referees, the officials, and they say “oh did you see that? He just referred to God. We need to stop that and we need to disqualify them!” And they’re punished for their righteousness by the demonic spirit that’s inside the referees.

And here’s what the family says:

To assist the UIL in its investigation, the student-athlete’s parents submitted a letter stating that their son’s religious freedoms were not violated. “In looking back at the conclusion of the 4×100 race, we realize that Derrick could have handled the win in a different manner,” KC and Stacey Hayes said in the letter. “It was not our intention to force the issue that our son’s religious freedom was violated. Nor do we feel that way now. After discussing this with our son, we have come to the conclusion that his religious rights were not violated.”

The student-athlete who was disqualified also submitted a letter during the investigation stating: “Although I am very thankful for all God has given me and blessed me with, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Regional Track Meet in Kingsville, TX, my actions upon winning the 4×100 relay were strictly the thrill of victory. With this being said, I do not feel my religious rights or freedoms were violated.”

Clearly they’re possessed by “demonic spirits” too.

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  • Wait, was he disqualified or not? If he was, for what reason?

  • daved

    He was — or, more precisely, his relay team, for which he was the anchor, was. Something about excessive celebration. I thought it was a bit extreme, myself.

  • @theschwa #1 – Link.

    Basically, the rules of the meet prohibited competitors from actions that are likely to be deemed poor sportsmanship. That prohibition includes “excessive celebrations” including raising hands and pointing.

  • oranje


    The reason given overall for the disqualification was for being disrespectful to a meet official, the one who informed the young man that he needed to be careful, as what he was doing could be seen as excessive celebration. It’s was the young man’s reaction to that official that caused the disqualification.

  • Hey, blaming entities that don’t exist for things that didn’t happen is the most rational thing that lot can do. If all of the causes and all of the effects are strictly within a closed imaginary system, can you prove them wrong?

  • I also saw somewhere that, when a referee warned him about it, the kid was “disrespectful” (a choice word or two?) to the referee and that’s what got him disqualified.

  • emc2

    As a High School offficial I can say that the ‘excessive celebration’ thing can be a hard call sometimes. Winning an event that gets you to a final, like this one apparently was, will have a higher level of emotion and celebration attatched to it. The link @ #3 states that it was not a religious expression, but does not really say what merited disqualification. Drawing attention to yourself or showing up an official will do it, though.

  • @emc2 #7 – Fifth and sixth paragraphs from the link:

    After crossing the finish line, Hayes “raised his hand and gestured forward,” according to a release from the UIL after an investigation of the incident. A meet official approached Hayes to warn the junior of a possible disqualification. Hayes acted disrespectfully, according to the official, who made the call for the disqualification.

    An official must meet with the head meet referee on any possible disqualification, the release said, and the ruling was upheld.

  • emc2

    Gregory in Seattle: #8,

    I had a bit of a reading comprehension fail, thanks. It doesn’t say what the disrespect was, but it must have been enough to warrant disqualification.

  • caseloweraz

    Disrespect to an official I could accept. But “excessive celebration” for throwing his arm in the air and yelling “yeah!” (which is what this sounds like)? I think the official might have been overreacting.

    Now if the student had called up a mariachi band, like Q did in that one ST:TNG episode, that would have been excessive — and Gordon the K would have something to complain about.

  • emc2

    @ caseloweraz #10,

    As I said, it can be a tough call sometimes, and without knowing the particulars of this incident it is hard to tell if the official was overracting or not. It reads like the official warned him about excessive celebration and the kid mouthed off to him.