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Mon., Feb. 18, 2008, 2:02 p.m.

School stops female from officiating a boys game

I saw this clip this morning on Good Morning America.

St Mary's Academy in Topeka, a private Catholic School, wouldn't allow a female rep to work a boys game because putting a woman in position of authority over boys is contrary to their religious teachings.

In this clip, Michelle Campbell, the ref in question, doesn't seem too heartbroken about it. But it brings up an interesting topic.

QUESTION: Is it ok for this school to condone gender discrimination if it is a part of their religious beliefs?

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