Boys HS Soccer Team Refuses To Play Against Co-Ed Squad, Citing ‘Religious Beliefs’

The only game they’ve lost all season is the one where the girls sat out

A Mesa, Arizona boys high school soccer team is making headlines for their refusal to play against another squad that fielded a co-ed team consisting of mostly boys and two girl players. Faith Christian Christian School refused to take the field and accepted a forfeit after asking the opposing team, Foothills Academy College Prep, to sit their girl players and field a team of all boys.

Foothills Academy had, earlier in the season, accommodated a similar request and sat their two female players, but this time around, the boys on the team agreed that they weren’t taking the field without their team in its entirety. The previous decision not to play the girls, sisters Alyssa and Colette Hocking, was made by their mother.

Upon forfeiting, Faith Christian cited religious beliefs in their decision to cancel the game. Dick Buckingham, an administrator for Faith Christian, issued a statement on the matter, presumably aware that his school’s decision would draw both attention and criticism.

He said via public statement:

I know it appears to fly in the face of what everyone is wanting to promote today, and that is equality. It is based on a religious perspective that God created guys and girls differently. The difference physically, there is a strength advantage that men have over women. We want to teach our men that honor of ladies is just not in sports. We struggle how to teach that if we're allowing them to play against young ladies in a competitive game.

We're the ones harmed because we're giving up a game. We think it's better to do that than give a mixed message.

The coach of the co-ed team, Steve Rains, stood by his players’ decision, saying, “They would not play without their team. They felt the girls earned the right to be on the team. And they won't play without them."

However, he respected the right of Faith Christian to adhere to their religious beliefs but didn’t necessarily agree with them, stating, "That's their beliefs. I have my own beliefs. I am not one to judge that. But, personally, I think we're all humans. Even though it's a boys league, it doesn't say girls can't play. Girls can play, in my opinion."

The girls on Foothills Academy’s team joined because there was no girls soccer team at the school, and the conference rules permit girls to play on the boys team. Foothills Academy’s only loss of the season came during the one game that the girls were sidelined.

via David Leavitt / Twitter

Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

Keep Reading

Childbirth is the number one reason American women visit the hospital, and it ain't cheap. In fact, it's getting more and more expensive. A new study published in Health Affairs found that the cost of having a baby with employer-sponsored health insurance increased by almost 50% in the past seven years.

The study evaluated "trends in cost-sharing for maternity care for women with employer-based health insurance plans, before and after the Affordable Care Act," which was signed into law in 2010. The study looked at over 657,061 women enrolled in large employer-sponsored health insurance plans who delivered babies between 2008 and 2015, as these plans tend to cover more than plans purchased by small businesses or individuals.

Keep Reading

A meteorite crashed into Earth nearly 800,000 years ago. The meteor was 1.2 miles wide, and the impact was so big, it covered 10% of the planet with debris. However, scientists haven't been able to find the impact site for over a century. That is, until now. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal believes the crash site has been located.

Tektites, which are essentially rocks that have been liquefied from the heat of the impact and then cooled to form glass, help scientists spot the original impact site of a meteor. Upon impact, melted material is thrown into the atmosphere, then falls back to the ground. Even if the original crater has disappeared due to erosion or is hidden by a shift in tectonic plates, tektites give the spot away. Tektites between 750,000 to 35.5 million years old have been found in every continent except Antarctica.

Keep Reading