A religious academy in Kansas recently expelled a female referee from a boys basketball game after claiming it was inappropriate for her to tell boys what to do. Kudos, however, go to the two male referees who walked out also, one with the expelled woman and the other after he found out what was going on.
Campbell then walked off the court along with Darin Putthoff, the referee who was to work the game with her.
“I said, ‘If Michelle has to leave, then I’m leaving with her,”‘ Putthoff said Wednesday. “I was disappointed that it happened to Michelle. I’ve never heard of anything like that.”
Fred Shockey, who was getting ready to leave the gym after officiating two junior high games, said he was told there had been an emergency and was asked to stay and officiate two more games.
“When I found out what the emergency was, I said there was no way I was going to work those games,” said Shockey, who spent 12 years in the Army and became a ref about three years ago. “I have been led by some of the finest women this nation has to offer, and there was no way I was going to go along with that.”
I remain convinced that more men need to start doing such things when the women they work with are discriminated against on the basis of their gender. It’s the only way women are ever going to be seen as equal to men and the religions will never change their beloved books as long as the majority is complacent in the hate and bigotry that so many teach.
As it stands, the academy may find itself banned from playing groups within the association if it turns out this is a policy of the school. How long do you think it’ll take the religious right to start saying that it’s the academy that’s being victimized if that happens? I give it a week or less.