How is this not a Violation of 1st Amendment Rights?

This school needs to be called on this, and called on it now:

The Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals had won the 4×100-meter relay–by seven yards, no less–and had a shot at the state championship. That was until Junior sprinter Derrick Hayes pointed to the sky.  Hayes’s father, K.C., said that his son made a gesture of thanks to God, but raising a hand to the sky is considered excessive celebration according to the state scholastic rules. And with that, the team was disqualified.

“It was a reaction,” K.C. Hayes said. “You’re brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you’re blessed.”

Many interviewed around town said that this was a violation of freedom of religion rights. Columbus High School said that religious gestures are not banned, but they must be done off of the competition field or court.

The line about excessive celebration is utter bologna.  What we have here is religious intolerance. Period.

Let me please remind the Thought Police how the 1st Amendment reads:

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.

He raised a finger pointing to heaven to give God the glory, an obvious “exercise” of his faith, not dance around the field screaming, “nanny nanny boo boo…our team is better than you-hoo.”

One has to wonder what the response would have been had he cried out “Allahu Akbar” instead.




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