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And A Girl Shall Terrify Them

by Abby Zimet

A League of Their Own: There's no crying in baseball.

So up comes the case of Paige Sultzbach, 15, who plays second base for the Mesa Prep Monsoons and who happens to be a female person among her male teammates. They made it to the finals of the Arizona Charter Athletic Association tournament, where they were scheduled to play against Our Lady of Sorrows, which freaked out and forfeited the championship rather than face a female player and thus the difficulties of respecting "proper boundaries." Our Lady is run by the Society of Saint Pius X, a fundamentalist sect that broke from the Catholic Church in the 1980s and evidently still inhabits the 17th century - though even then, one observer notes, "There's not a lick of Catholic doctrine that would forbid men and women from playing baseball against each other." A blast at the "theological dust they've thrown up to cover their cowardly retreat" and at those who would use "faith (as) an excuse by elements of organized religion to treat other members of the human race as inferior."

"Find another excuse. The Gospels are not your alibi...Paige and her teammates had found themselves caught in a dark, dank corner of reactionary Christianity, which admits no light, no warmth, only the cold, dead past, and which stinks of prejudice, decaying dogma, and the worst social offal of the 20th century."