This is too silly to resist.
Yahoo! is reporting that a Georgia Christian school has forced a 12 year old girl off their football team. It's not that she isn't talented, because the coaches love her ability. What the problem is, as interpreted by the school's Chief Executive Officer, is that the school officials are afraid the boys on the team will begin to have impure thoughts and lust after their teammate.
Strong Rock Christian School in Locus Grove, Georgia is, like most Christian schools, privately run, and while they have each athlete's best interests at heart, it is the moral concerns that have forced Maddy Blythe off the football team, despite the fact that her coach went to bat for her to save her spot on the roster. CEO Patrick Stuart even went so far as to use Biblical terminology to explain his decision.
We've seen young women try out for high school & college teams, and one girl actually had the distinction of being named homecoming queen and kicking a game-winning field goal in the same night. In Maddy's case, Stuart is afraid that as her body begins to mature, it will lead to the boys on the team letting their hormones get in the way. It doesn't have to be that way. I'm assuming that when she played, Maddy was given a separate space in the locker room, bordered by a partition to prevent any accidental or intentional peeping while she changed clothes. If that isn't already the case, it should be. According to Maddy's mom, Stuart told her he'd prayed about the situation, and felt that cutting Maddy from the team was the right thing to do, even if it was strictly for moral reasons.
On one hand, I can understand Stuart's rationale here. He's trying to protect his players from temptation. However, if they've already trained their minds to cast aside impure, lustful thoughts, there isn't an issue, and that Maddy should be treated as an equal as a teammate. So far, there's not been much complaint to the effect of cries of sexual discrimination. As noted, the Strong Rock football coach has supported Maddy. On the other hand, in any other part of the country, this might not be as big an issue. It is in the Southern states where they're most overzealous when it comes to the Bible. They're the ones who need to wake up and join the 21st century.