What century are we living in? Apparently, they haven't quite reached the 21st at a private religious school northwest of Topeka. On Feb. 2, the school refused to start a boy's basketball game because one of the officials was a woman, and as we all "know" it's wrong for a female to have authority over a male.
The Kansas City Star reports:
The game was at St. Mary’s Academy, a private religious school that sits on a sprawling campus about 25 miles northwest of Topeka. Before the game started, a school administrator approached (Michelle) Campbell’s officiating partner, Darin Putthoff of Topeka, and told him a woman could not serve as referee.
That would be putting a woman in a position of authority over boys, he was told — a scenario that was contrary to beliefs at St. Mary’s Academy.
“I was upset,” Putthoff said. “So I said, ‘You’re telling me you don’t have any teachers at the school who are women?’ ”
Campbell says she was “Dumbfounded.” Add me to that list.
Putthoff and a man who had just officiated another game refused to support such backwards attitudes and walked off the court with Campbell. The game went on when a school administrator and another official stepped in.
The Star says the school is " owned and operated by the Society of St. Pius X." The Catholic group was formed in response to the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Pope John Paul II, who wasn't exactly known as a liberal, excommunicated the society’s world leader, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
I have no idea whether what St. Mary's did was legal, but I do know that it's frightening because this event reveals an incredibly -- to put it nicely -- "narrow" and prejudicial attitude being taught at that school. If you follow the line of thought of the St. Mary's official, should a woman even have authority over her own male child?