12-Year-Old Girl Kicked Off Football Team Because of Impure Thoughts: Why is This Still Happening?

Most schools choose to have non-integrated sports. While there are arguably logical reasons behind this, it certainly doesn’t mean girls (specifically) should be excluded just because a) the sport is not available to them, or b) the sport is taken away from them.

In Maddy Blythe’s case, she was recently removed from her Christian academy’s football team because the school’s CEO prayed on the subject matter and subsequently decided that her presence could evoke lustful thoughts within boys.

Strong Rock Christian School, located in Georgia, seemingly had no issues with Maddy’s participation with football until CEO Patrick Stuart told Maddy “that men and women are created equal but different, and he said that he prayed about it and it was the wrong thing to do.” Maddy replied by stating that this decision was “kind of crazy” and “very archaic.” Amen, sister. Let’s leave God and Bible out of this one, shall we?

Girls like Maddy, who can kick some serious ass on the field, should not be treated differently simply because they are female. If the school allowed her to play on the football team in the first place, then they should be consistent about their terms. If the CEO truly felt that there could be future sexual harassment issues, I would almost understand, but thus far there weren’t any problems whatsoever. Furthermore, if there were sexual harassment issues, this is always something to be discussed and handled with the harassers, not the victim. Stuart is simply prolonging gender stereotypes and essentially claiming that it’s immoral and not possible to allow a female to play a sport along with males.

It’s a pretty sad step backwards when a school punishes an ambitious young girl with hopes of attaining a football scholarship because her presence is apparently too sexually powerful and God doesn’t like that. It’s 2013, everyone! Let girls play football if they want to play football!  And if they look good doing it, then more power to them.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1101470738 Crissi Mora

    How come we aren’t allowed to to do stuff ’cause the Mens can’t control themselves?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558651873 Holly Ellard

      Crissi: THANK YOU!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1759438156 Samantha Ann

    It’s okay. Obviously, since God didn’t want her to play football that just means he has bigger plans for her. Like a nice, bread-winning husband, three children, and a top of the line oven.

    When are we going to stop forcing children and young adults into the roles we think they should be in? Just because it makes you uncomfortable does not mean that you’re right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=732675973 Heather Lodge

    Ugh! I can’t stand religion. It’s used as an excuse for anything. It’s the most corrupt thing in the world. Yes, there exceptions to this.

    This is just misogyny. The woman is always to blame for being the temptress. Men are led astray and it’s never their fault. The young girl sounds far wiser than the man with the decision-making power. Sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1009028408 Graham Robertson

    They sent their kid to a Christian school then expected a rational, healthy experience? Nice one.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668051660 Allyson Coots

      No more truer statement has been said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=746253575 Ashley Kay Perts

    Let’s be realistic here. It’s a CHRISTIAN school. Why is everybody acting so surprised that God is being brought into the matter? Furthermore, I understand where they’re coming from. Football is a full-contact sport. I could understand indignation about this if the sport were say, baseball or any other less physically-involved-with-other-players sport.
    Why are we trying to shove sexuality on young kids all the time? Let them be kids, dammit!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003872079842 Jordan Weaver

      …They wear pads. It’s not like they could accidentally grab her boobs. She’s virtually indistinguishable when she’s out there because they all wear the same padding up top and super tight pants below. They’re running into each other at full sprint. It’s not wrestling.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000343946724 Jamie Pogue

      Sexuality should not be thought of as an impediment on being a kid. Figuring out your sexuality is part of growing up. Repressing that will only lead the kid to have further pain and anxiety while they age. Sex isn’t bad, but treating it as such can be deadly(extreme frustration leads to isolation leads to depression leads to suicidal thoughts| Not always true, but it can and does happen like this.). This is as much from experience as from knowledge on the subject.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621763038 Karah Chanelle Amos

    It’s ignorant and shallow people who generate this attitude. God created every human being equally; no exceptions. You go girl!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=746013759 Sasha Sirozh

    Basing myself on their premise of “lustfull thoughts are bad”, the silliness of which I won’t even go into, shouldn’t the boys learn not to have lustfull thoughts, not the girl be hidden?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000542550963 Robert Remillard

    And people still wonder why atheists are so outspoken.
    Fortunately, time is on the side of equality and some day this will all just be a disgusting footnote in history.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550055786 Sara Fisher

    Wait. What is he going to do when he realizes that the boys have the potential to think lustfully of the girls sitting next to them in class? Even more, when he realizes that girls can think lustfully of boys, as well? Sheesh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558651873 Holly Ellard

    For the record, I am a Christian, and I find this absolutely ridiculous. Using the whole “boys will have impure thoughts” argument is also a bit of a cop-out–boys AND girls may have impure thoughts ANYWHERE they are! That coach is being totally sexist, whether he thinks he is or not.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=68402773 Lily Fryer

      *High Five* from another Christian who thinks this is absolutely ludicrous! UGH.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693441022 Liz Corica

    Being a Christian, I think his reason was lame. But putting aside the spiritual aspec,t he made the right call. Do girls really have to do everything guys do? Can we all just enjoy football the way it is, a man’s sport?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000343946724 Jamie Pogue

      They don’t “have” to, but they should be able to if they so choose. A sport has no gender. It is a contest of skill. Honestly, I think it is a dumb sport, but if she wants to play it then stopping her is wrong.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=756128481 Ernest Moreno

        Just wanted to let you know, it goes both ways. If a man wants to play on a female team, then they should be… because like you said, they should be able to do so, if they so choose. I can imagine a man joined an all female water polo team, or perhaps a man joined an all female wrestling team. Hey, stopping a man from doing so is just wrong…

        Ok, now speaking seriously, men and women are not the same. This is a fact. They both have strengths and weaknesses. Equal in Gods eyes, but different in purpose and physical makeup. Can both perform the same tasks? Generally, yes, but and this is a big but, there are tasks that men are better suited to do than females, vice versa. Individually speaking, there are always going to be exceptions, but generally, majority rules.

        A sport is about one thing, and that one thing is winning. If someone on a team becomes a distraction, disruption, or/and a liability they are cut. The coach has the right and the obligation to cut the player for the sake of the team.

        Lastly, a sport may have no gender, but the players do.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=790228126 Fiona Byrne

          The coach let the girl on the team, so clearly had no problem with it. It was the CEO that had a problem. Also, if this girl was able to keep up with the boys – why is she a liability? She could have been playing just as well as the boys… and perhaps worked harder because it was harder for her to get on the team.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005642342561 Ernest Dale Potts

      Women do play football. There is an organization called the Independent Women’s Football League. These are some serious athletes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000063403683 Peter Fenyvesi

    There is no such things like: women’s sport, man’s sport.
    There is sport, there is nothing to do with GOD, or race, or sexuality, or sex!.
    And NO! GIRLS do not HAVE to do everything what guys do. BUT YES! they CAN do everything what a guy can do. AND YES they do better then guys!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=693441022 Liz Corica

      Let’s not get crazy now.. I think its an unnecessary stretch to say girls can do everything better than guys.. Just sayin. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1283646505 Colin Brown

    It’s not only a private school but it is a Christian private school. The author of this article doesn’t seem to understand that fact, “Amen, sister. Let’s leave God and Bible out of this one, shall we?” THIS IS A CHRISTIAN PRIVATE SCHOOL, WHAT DO YOU THINK PART OF THEIR STUDIES ARE ABOUT?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1558680075 Abbey Love

      Great! Study the Bible and God all you want in school, God doesn’t have a place on the football field, despite what Tim Tebow may think. This girl is kick ass at a sport dominated by men, and she should be able to play. The school’s religious affiliation shouldn’t have anything to do with it. I could understand the decision to remove her from the team if she wasn’t following school policy in some way, but, the only wrong doing this player has committed is having a vagina. I’m also willing to be that not one boy would have impure thoughts about a teammate, promise she’s probably one of the guys. So be a Christian school all you want, doesn’t mean you have to be sexist assholes as well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573211365 Joshua Urquhart

        “God doesn’t have a place on the football field…” what an ignorant thing to say. He made it…Would like me saying you don’t have a place in your bedroom…it’s yours of course you have a place there…
        It is a christian school, so God is the forefront of everything they do……..be it in the classroom, the chapel or the sports field. God doesn’t live in a building and can’t be confined by anything we could ever possibly even begin to imagine

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1051018158 Alice-Marie Brady

          I don’t think God cares if a girl plays on a boys’ football team, I think the CEO used that as an excuse. Now, his issue may not be based on discrimination, he could have a reason; but he should say that instead of hiding behind his faith.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1558680075 Abbey Love

          Right, except you’re operating under the assumption that God exists. Also God didn’t make the field, a bunch of guys built the field. Not God. This school didn’t wake up one day and magically have a football field, and I’m ignorant? Good one. This girl should be able to play with the boys because there isn’t a girls team available. Plus, ever think she is better than some of her male teammates? That perhaps, this 12 year old girl is more deserving of a spot that a 12 year old boy? Probably not, you seem to ignorant to comprehend a question of that depth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5735185 Kyle Breckenridge

    Not surprising, but sad. Having gone to a catholic school in MD, there are a lot of decisions made based out of ignorance and intolerance. The people that do this typically think they are doing the right thing and protecting their students without ever understanding that these kinds of decisions are sexist.

    Also, I have personally gotten laid out on a run up the middle by my High Schools Girls Hockey Goalie. Someone with her instincts and athletic ability could have only made our terrible football better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000727803800 Kezia Germ

    Well, I don’t think that God should be left out of anything, but that certainly is no reason to kick an innocent girl off of a sports team, for goodness sakes. I hope that there is something going on that we don’t know about, or I would seriously disapprove of this guy’s decision. If she was measuring up to the standard of skill on the entire team, she has every right to play with the guys!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22605934 Cherra T. Hampton-Mitchell

    Boys can have “impure thoughts” about other boys as well. Does he plan to disband all sports teams? No? Then this is as ridiculous as it sounds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1666523780 Cheddie De Gala

    I think being Christian or being a Buddhist or whatever religion you are in does not count in this matter. We are talking about potential talent that is being ceased to develop by the mere fact that the talent in question is a girl. This is sexist written all over it. I think the boys in her team are not thinking of anything lustful (impure thoughts whatever) towards Maddy as Stuart claims. I think the act of kicking Maddy out is just another way of enforcing the idea that “hey, you’re having lusty thoughts about the girl, right? It’s okay. You’re a boy. It’s her fault.” And that just sucks. It is like going back to the 1800’s when women weren’t allowed to do anything but bear children and clean the house.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1065562064 Bob Leland

    when i was in highschool in 1995, we had our first female wrestler. we had no problems with a girl on the team, and that was wrestling, we all rolled around together. if we could handle ourselves a wrestlers in highschool, i am pretty sure 12tr. olds will be ok on the football fields.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573211365 Joshua Urquhart

    now if this really was such a big deal for the family then they could make the decision to challenge the CEO’s choice to remove Maddy from the team or request that the school provide an all girl team.
    Equality in sport is obviously such a passionate issue for so many people…why is it then, that in professional sports they don’t have mixed teams? that is discrimination is it not?
    Methinks I’m going to have to go out and join some “women’s” teams in sport and then kick up a huge stink on grounds of sexual discrimination when I am refused entry. I wonder if I could profit financially by suing for emotional damage caused by being made to feel inadequate to join their teams because I have a penis.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=790228126 Fiona Byrne

      This girl joined the team in the first place because there wasn’t a female team! Of course, if there was, that would be the natural team for her to play in. However, is it right to say that just because other girls in her school don’t have the same interest (and therefore don’t want to start a team) and because she doesn’t “have a penis” that she should not be allowed to play the sport she loves?

      The male equivalent of this would be a 12 year old boy wanting to join a female dance group because there was no male group available. Would it be okay for him to be welcomed in, was happy doing something he loved and then get kicked out because some guy say his presence may cause the girls to think sexual thoughts? THEY ARE 12 YEAR OLDS. Those feelings will be coming sooner or later, no matter what. It’s natural. Get over it.

      This is not about the fact that she is female – it would be just as disgusting a decision if it was about a boy. The point is that this decision was made because of ignorance, prejudice and sexism – and was masquerading to be a decision made in the name of God.

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