Meet Maddy. She is 12, and lives in the state of Georgia in the USA.
Until a few weeks ago, Maddy was on the football team for her school, tellingly named “Strong Rock Christian School”. But she’s now been told by the CEO of her private school that she’s not allowed to play next year.
There are no rules against females playing on the football team.
But Maddy has been banned because of concerns that her involvement might lead to have male teammates having “impure thoughts”.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Maddy’s mother Cassy explained that further, telling a news station in the US: “In the meeting with the CEO of the school, I was told that the reasons behind it were one, that the boys were going to start lusting after her and have impure thoughts about her and that the locker-room talk was not appropriate for a female to hear even though she had a separate locker room from the boys.”
Yes. It’s not appropriate for Maddy to overhear the locker talk, even though she has her own separate locker rooms.
The best part about this entirely ridiculous story is what Cassy has said about the school’s CEO attempting to cite the Bible when backing up his decision. Cassy told another station that the CEO failed to find an exact quote about why Maddy wasn’t allowed to play: “He said, ‘The best I can up with is that men and women are created equal but different.’ And that is all he could say.”