Track Team Disqualified Over Runner's Gesture to God

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What seemed like an innocent gesture had major consequences for the Columbus, Texas, High School Mighty Cardinals track team.

The Cardinals thought they won a 4x100 relay and a chance to move on to State, having bested the field by seven yards.

But Derrick Hayes' skyward point led to a disqualification.

The runner was gesturing in thanks to God, but the point counted as "excessive celebration," which is against the state scholastic rules.

Columbus High Runners

Many in the town, including the runner's father, called it a violation of religious freedom, but the school insists the gesture is not banned because it is religious, but because it is celebratory.

What do you think of the decision by the school, and the father's response?

Is banning a gesture thanking God a violation of religious freedom?

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This is not about religion - this is about a stupid law that says you can not show any signs of "happiness" when you win.... because you may upset the loser. This is so STUPID! What is going to happen to all the losers when they grow up and get in the real world and things do not go their way... because they do not know how to lose gracefully.
If you win - you should celebrate - raising your arms, shouting and yes even a great big SMILE. This goes along the same ruling that everybody that plays the game gets a trophy... come one. If you are the best you should be the one getting the trophy and if you are the loser - be graceful about it.
Come to think about it.... sound to me like something like "lets share our wealth" So one can sit on their butt and do nothing except take from the one who is working their butt off earning a living. What is our world coming to? What about about working hard to get ahead? The great American dream! Could go on and on but think you get the jest of this. Winners and hard workers should be rewarded for their effort and their hard work - NOT penalized!

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yes. yes it is.

Johnrobert-schoen

Seems like everyone is not paying attention. First, you weren't there, you don't know what it looked like. You are just seeing a still picture of runners. There are rules about excessive celebration, because it's bad sportsmanship. In this day and age, administration doesn't irresponsibly so things like this because they know to expect fallout like this. If they had a problem with the religious aspect, that would have been the reason given, to make a point of it, otherwise, Why do it? They made the call they did, to make the point they did.

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@ JohnRobert Schoen

If you go to other sites and watch the news reports. The coach described (he was there) what happened. It was subtle and barely above his head. Their definition of excessive celebration should be clear to all athletes. They obviously have a private definiton of the word and it shouldn't be open to someone's opinion. It should be clear. Something done in an excessive manner requires repetative and exaggerated movements. A simple point in the air is not the same. Of course no one here saw it, but i heard exactly what the coach said, and it doesn't sound like it was anything to make a stink over. We know what bad sportsmanship is, this doesn't even qualify. The fact that they keep kids from celebrating their win because someone's feelings might get hurt is ridiculous. There's a way to celebrate and be respectful of others. If they are crying over a finger, what can the athletes do when they win?

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The boy looked up and said Thank God. He wasnt in anybodys face.nor preaching. So now we cant say thank God when we wont to.in public. Its sad to say but you can yell out kill um at most of the ball games.in high school all the way to the pro's..

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What part of, "Congress shall make no law", "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". or prohibition of "freedom of speech" (which to the horror of the faithless left includes religious speech) doesn't the apostate gang of anti-theist bigots at Columbus High School get? It is far past time that we unite to stand down the ugly, anti-Christian hate crimes committed by the "secular progressive" thugs and bullies and their democrat allies. Anti-faith discrimination, intolerance, hostility and prejudice cannot be allowed to stand in the United States or anywhere. Wherever they burn Bibles they will eventually also burn people. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.[1]"--The First Amendment of The Constitution of The United States of America

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be honest: WHAT ABOUT F*GGOTS?

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@ abe

Abe.... Just clean behind your ears, don't call them faggots, and sooner or later you can meet a nice boy to fill that "void" in your life that anger hasn't been able to so far.

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@ abe

What about me and my F*GGOTS, ABE? What do we have to do with this? You blaming us for this? Seems like you got F*GGOTS all over your mind.

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It is giving thanks, not cellebrating a victory. How can thank you be in "your face".

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@ Patrick

If god is to thank for it then why not be humble and say thanks in private, you know, like how the bible says to ? Doing that in public is trashy and makes it seem like god favours you. Glad he was disqualified, couldn't happen to a more arrogant and showy heathen. SHAME !

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@ Anonomous REAL CHRISTIAN

Hmmm, so do you give thanks or give a testimony in church in front of others, thanking God for the victory? Does the bible not tell you to tell his deeds amongst the people. If you never let the unsaved know how God operates in your life, how shall they know the goodness of the Lord? Sounds like you have it backwards. There's a difference between being boastful and thankful. Whether you realize it or not everyone has a season of favor. In your season of prosperity, your brother should be happy for you out of love, and also knowing that his season is coming. Also, God tells people to sacrifice and pray in secret, don't do it in public "seeking" praise of men. That's referring to those who appear before men praying loud and proclaiming their fast. You can publicly pray over your food discreetly and someone may see you. That's not the same thing as someone praying so loud that the entire restaurant hears you! "In everything give thanks," isn't that what the bible says? I could understand if he said, Let thou proclaim that God showed his favor on me and me alone this day! That i am mightier than those that challenge me! The bible also says, rejoice not when thy enemy falleth, and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth. lest the Lord see it and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him. Are you rejoicing? Do you even know what spirit this thing is of? I would not rejoice when it seems that someone is reaping bad seed. Everything is subject to change in the natural realm, visual manipulation is always present. I know that all things are not good, but all things work together for the good.

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This gotta be the stupiest thing ive ever heard over excess celebrating god for a win I think we need to all come against this school whose operating wrong belief to our younger youth we are the example for young people who knows who their success comes for. Ask the question who is the head of this nation that keeps us as a powerful nation so ask me that

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@ Mr Baker

Me baker is obviously not a REAL CHRISTIAN or he would already know who to thank. And it would be Jesus who knows what is in the corner of your heart. He knows you are faking and NOT humble.

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@ Mr Baker

Very sad and disappointing.

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@ Joi Bishop

You should not be speaking to strange men who aren't your husband, not even on the internet.

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Congrats to the team.I feel he had all the right to thank God. Its a shame that they would consider that celebration I see nothing wrong with it.if more people believed in God and thank him more this world would be a better place.

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@ bev

The world would be a better place is he was humble as a REAL CHRISTIAN is, not a fake one like this arrogant kid. Or you "bev".

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Why is there a rule about excessive celebration and who determines what is excessive? I'd have to say this religious gesture is this boy's personal celebration which he probably didn't realize would be punished.....first God & prayers is taken out of schools & now you punish this young person for expressing his belief and thanks to God. Let's just open the door to invite other religions to take over in our country as we seem to give respect to foreign religions but not Christians and then we wonder why our kids are making bad moralistic choices. Get a grip and face the fact that we have made & continue to make choices as adults that will greatly affect our kids. Give this kid the right message & praise him for believing in God, for working hard as a team to achieve this win & let them go to state competition which they all deserve to do....in the name of Jesus.....who taught him to pray...amen

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@ CathyMorgan

Cathy is obviously not a REAL CHRISTIAN. If she were she would know that it is appropriate to say thanks HUMBLY as the bible CLEARLY states. If you want to see a whole bus ful of you know whats going ape "s" word all over the place like a zoo then fine, remove the rule that encourages humility. I KNOW you don't want to see that Cathy. Personally as a TRUE Christian leader, I (unlike you) understand the value of humility AND that god knows what is in your heart, even while you are desperately selling your image of religiousness to the world for them to watch like a Public fornication show for the whole world to see. More fake celebrations for show !?! No thanks.

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