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God Gesture Disqualifies Team: High School Track Team Pointed To Sky [Video]

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Columbus, TX – A “God” gesture disqualified a team at a Texas high school on Friday.

Columbus High School’s Mighty Cardinals track team wrapped up victory in the 4 x 100m relay, beating the rest of the field by a clear seven yards, when runner Derrick Hayes pointed to the sky to thank what he saw as a divine influence.

The God gesture disqualified the team after officials deemed it to be an example of “excessive celebration.” The track team will now miss out on the chance to compete at State level.

However, the nature of the celebration which caused the team to be disqualified is still up for debate. The Hollywood Gossip reports:

“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.”

As The Examiner notes, such gestures are common in sport, with many big-name stars across all sports pointing to the sky to thank what they view as divine intervention; some even openly pray.

A god gesture disqualifying a team is certainly unusual, and is likely to spark further debates about religious freedom.

You can see the celebration that led to the Columbus track team getting disqualified below. Do you think the team should have been kicked out of the competition for incorporating a religious ritual into their performance, or should true religious freedom permit such gestures? Sound off in the comments!

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148 Responses to “God Gesture Disqualifies Team: High School Track Team Pointed To Sky [Video]”

  1. Ceceilia Williams

    Looks like the Anti-Christ's minions have already started their work in the US. When people get disqualified for thanking God or court martialed for talking about their faith, then you know the Devil is successfully doing his work!

  2. Anonymous

    What is wrong with celebrating a win? There are obviously some nutty people in Texas. If you can't celebrate a win. why bother to win?

  3. Irene Humphreys

    NO THEY SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN DISQUALIFIED, THAT WAS B.S. PLUS GOD IS EVERY WHERE WEATHER YOU BELIEVE THAT OR NOT!

  4. Jeremiah House

    Why does everyone pledge to the flag of the United States when they say "One nation UNDER GOD," when they won't even allow an act of praise to be held to Him in thanks of a victory?

  5. Anonymous

    Excessive celebration? I think "the officials" need to look up the definition of excessive. Texas of all states…I'm appalled!

  6. J Mac Rankin

    if you dont believe…dont. but be damned if you tell me I can't.

  7. Robert Sweetness Nutt

    Typical american bigotry.We put down people that we don't agree with.Which is funny considering gay people are looking for equality.He should have just said he was gay and he would have won and been classified a hero.But ban him because he believes in God.And people wonder why america america is falling apart.

  8. Larry Warner

    SOMEBODY OUGHT TO DISQUALIFY THOSE SO CALLED OFFICIALS…WHAT A DISCRACE…..

  9. Dianna Pasta

    Pointing to the sky. disqualification? Totally absurd! He could be thanking his deceased family member for watching over them. I guess now when the baseball players point to the sky's they will be disqualified as well. GET REAL TEXAS!

  10. Dan Dancig

    My God. This "school" does not allow the winner to celebrate! The next thing this school will do is burn the books and punish "thinking">.

  11. Fritz Schenk

    You win because you enjoy working for the opportunity to be the best and then achieving it. If you win because you enjoy celebrating, you've missed the point. You'll grow old celebrating but not achieving. You are obviously too young to remember the days when celebrating was considered to be "bush". You were supposed to act "like you've been there before".

  12. Anonymous

    Seriously folks, whoever called this one should be shipped out of this country. For crying out loud, what is wrong with Texas? This is so asinine. Shame on Columbus High School. What if he was pointing up to heaven to thank some deceased friend or relative that inspired him to win? Would that have been too celebratory? When good people stand by and do nothing to stand for what's right then evil prevails.

  13. Anonymous

    In Texas? I thought Texas was one of the last sane states remaining. How is pointing toward the sky an 'excessive celebration'? Not supposed to celebrate a victory? What's American about that? Texans, find out who made these rules, who interpreted them and get them out of whatever office they may hold.

  14. Ryan Walker

    "Oh, no, we didn't disqualify them because it's RELIGIOUS; we did it because it's CELEBRATORY!"

    It sounds like they were just trying to find any reason to disqualify that team.

  15. Fritz Schenk

    How do we know that he was acknowledging God (noticed the upper case G)? We didn't see the video or a photo. I think he was saying "We're #1!" Taking away the victory was the correct thing to do if hand gestures are normally considered to be excessive celebration. I'm sure God doesn't give a darn if they won or not and I'm sure that he would never take credit for doing so. If you believe it was God who won, what's the point of competition?

  16. Anonymous

    the bible hinges on the words of a TALKING SNAKE & says "god" wants you to kill your family members if they worship another "god". we're evolving out of this nonsense. it was taught to you as a helpless child, it teaches us to separate as children, it's hateful and stupid, and you know it.

  17. Joe Mosley

    I'm a 73 year old Native Texan.I grew up in and around Houston, and have been living in The Woodlands , Texas for the last 26 years.Columbus , Texas is a pretty backward town.I find this disgusting, but coming out of Columbus, it doesn't surprise me in the least.

  18. Anonymous

    the bible hinges on the words of a TALKING SNAKE & says "god" wants you to kill your family members if they worship another "god". we're evolving out of this nonsense. it was taught to you as a helpless child, it teaches us to separate as children, it's hateful and stupid, and you know, guys.

  19. Fritz Schenk

    Do you really think dead people are up in the sky looking down and watching the meet? That isn't the way my pastor explained it to me…but then that was back when worshipping God was not about what you did on tv. You crazy people have learned what is good behavior from the worst, most selfish misfits in society next to prison inmates…pro athletes.

  20. Anonymous

    the bible hinges on the words of a TALKING SNAKE & says "god" wants you to kill your family members if they worship another "god". we're evolving out of this nonsense. it was taught to you as a helpless child, it teaches us to separate as children, it's hateful and stupid.

  21. Anonymous

    the bible hinges on the words of a TALKING SNAKE & says "god" wants you to kill your family members if they worship another "god". we're evolving out of this nonsense. it was taught to you as a helpless child, it teaches us to separate as children, it's hateful and stupid, and we all know it. it's fading.

  22. Tae Tesoriero

    This is definitely discouraging for those who take pride in winning through hard work and effort. Rules and regulations have taken a priority over such values and it's really disappointing to see that exercised in such a trivial way. By the way guys, let's stop stereotyping everything as if one local school district speaks on behalf of the their entire state or inhabitants within.

    People nowadays are far more inclined to speak before they actually think. Just cause we live in an instantaneous society doesn't mean we should disregard basic common sense and discernment within our opinions.

  23. Nate Hicks

    We are in the latter stages of the end times. As Christians we can expect this and much, much worse as each day that goes by. That report was wrong when it stated that Christians would not be advancing, they have already advanced into the kingdom of God! Come soon Lord Jesus!

  24. John W Lain

    This is a disgrace however it does not represent the entire state of Texas. It is a test by an adversary to see who will stand strong in their faith and belief to the end no matter the adversity.

  25. Anonymous

    I've got a gesture for the officials that I believe is an appropriate expression of their inappropriate expression.

  26. Anonymous

    Everyone who watches sports recognizes the gesture as a kind of "Thank You God' gesture. It is not truly a celebratory gesture. The guys who decided this was a celebratory gesture, don't know what they are talking about.

  27. Shivam Vohra

    "Under God" was added to our pledge in 1952. America was founded as a secular state, not a religious one. FYI

  28. Douglas Parritt

    “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” is cool in what world while pointing to the sky is not cool twisted.

  29. Georgia Martin-Gonzalez

    Hey Swan.rebecca The "talking snake was Satan! And Satan spood those words…Your retarded in your knowledge …So maybe its a good idea if you don't share them!

  30. Anonymous

    Seems to me those officials are in need of a TWA, and that ain't no airline.

  31. Anonymous

    Good point, but suppose they had won a championship trophy and celebrated. Should the trophy be taken away from the team?. Note that the gesture took place after the game was over. No sport, I know of imposes a penalty for celebrating after a game is over. By the way, I am in my 80's.

  32. Douglas Parritt

    swan.rebecca You think believing in nothing and then there was a big bang is logical who is the fool. I see order in the universe not your kind of logic. and limited understanding of things.

  33. Anonymous

    swan.rebecca The bible is man-made as are most of the earthly problems we have. People kill and hate in the name of god including us, them, we, and all.

  34. Catz Davis

    Congradulations! It seems religion wanted to piss on the game; and the judge said no way. It's about time they kick em out. Indeed, they've certainly ruined the entire event for a lot of people…until the team was disqualified. HURRAY for the Judge for keeping the game clean and free of this.

  35. Nancy Jean Wrather

    You need to read back in history before you spout off something you know nothing about. This country was founded on Christian principles.

  36. Anonymous

    Rebecca, if religious people believer because they were taught to "as a helpless child" why are there people who convert to Christianity, Judaism and other religions as adults

  37. Anonymous

    Michael Lamb, keep politics out of this please. And please stop generalizing your view of liberals. It shows ignorance and you don't looks like an ignorant person. Peace.

  38. Carey Webb

    here in Texas we're pretty pissed about it, too.

  39. Barry Bentley Sr.

    This is anti-Christian bigotry without a doubt. But let's believe the University Interscholastic League's ruling that the D.Q. was for a celebratory gesture or "unsporting conduct". So now in America not only does everyone have to win even if they lose, but when you actually really do win, you cannot celebrate at all. How crazy is this?

  40. Ory Apht VanGilder

    People convert to every religion from all kinds of religion. This just all the more shows that what people claim "is clear" is bull crap. If there is an everlasting god who knows all and is above all, he sure allows a lot of twisted stuff to go on this world. It's nonsense to believe that such a god would require for humans to accept him or else face Hell forever when the evidence for such a god is far from clear.

  41. Mark J. Epple

    Did not anyone read the article? The school said it was NOT a matter of religion! It was because a persons actions, reflected celebration. It is this celebration rule that needs to be looked into. Especially in this case!

  42. Mike Patty

    I'm not a religious person and my beliefs or lack of belifs should have no say on what the next person's beliefs or lack of beliefs should be… the goverment payed $100,000+ for forigin muslims to live here and then they blow up bombs killing our children… something not right here.

  43. Mike Patty

    in texas you can't thank your god for a win but you can carry a rifle in your pickup truck… why is that?

  44. Curt Altschul

    The article said, "runner Derrick Hayes pointed to the sky to thank what he saw as a divine influence." So, I guess without divine influence, the team was so chitty that they could not have won! And, I guess god like THAT team better than the other teams and intervened on their behalf, eh? C'mon … GIVE ME A BREAK! PLUS, if you imbecilic christians had a 3rd grade reading comprehension level, you'd have read that they were NOT disqualified for their religious gestures, they were disqualified for over demonstration … you know, just like dancing in the end zone in the NFL.

    I declare that the acceptance of poorly transcribed, poorly edited manuscripts from prehistoric tribes, written during a time period in which people thought the sun revolved around the Earth and absolutely no one knew what a cell was, as the word of the universe itself is a folly that should strain the gullibility of a six year old child. I therefore state, without equivocation, that religion makes stupidity the way apple trees make apples.

    AND, Yes, I'm an atheist, through and through and I contend that we are all atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than most others. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will then understand why I dismiss yours.����

    Well, off to bed as I spent a long hot day helping at a county run soup kitchen … how about THAT christians?!

  45. Ory Apht VanGilder

    The issue here is if this was too much of a celebration. I don't think it was, and I think he should be allowed to do it. However, the rules were previously established before the race, and since he did celebrate the win with his hands, you can't say that the decision to call it a celebration was not supported.
    To make this a religious issue is foolish, in my mind. It's simply a matter of if this was too far; hopefully, the boys will still somehow get the chance they deserve.

  46. Thomas Fisher

    Really? Excessive Celebration? Did he do a cartwheel, round off, back handspring, back flip and then point to the sky? That would be Excessive.

  47. Alvin Bess

    someone or better yet a lot of folks should follow those officials around day and night to point out how stupid they are….and you wonder why the youth have no respect for the system….POS people like this need to be stoned.

  48. Anonymous

    How self centered we have made this world. When we win we can jump up and down and put our arms in the air and have people praise us but if we win and very calmly point up, to what we believe enabled us to do what we did, we are called conceded.

  49. Eric Welsh

    yes Christian principles in practice …slavery, prostitution, murder, oppression, genocide (Native Americans , remember them?),bigotry and ignorance…thanks but, no thanks

  50. Anonymous

    The photo shows a player pointing towards heaven with his eyes lifted toward heaven where God is supposed to reside. This is clearly a religious gesture and not a celebratory one. In effect, it's a sign of thanks to God for helping the player to have played well. It does not necessarily indicate thanks for winning. It could, but you would have to be a mind reader to know the specific reason(s) why the person making the gesture is thanking God.

  51. Atheists for the truth

    Religion is the worst thing ever created by mankind. It's all a bunch of bull shit. Only reason people defend religion is because most people are scared of the truth. The bible is the most immoral book ever written. It's a load of shit that reading the bible to a child is not considered mental child abuse; to teach a child the bible's nonsense is wrong in every way. Freedom of religion is the one thing we could do without. It's ok to believe in your imaginary friends, just don't force your beliefs on the people who have a brain with common sense. If there is a God then he is not omnipotent.

  52. Jim Vittrup

    File a lawsuit on the UIL and FIRE the dumb asses that disqualified the track team. Stop the entire track competitions.
    Lets pull the whole world down around us to prove a point. This BS has got to stop.

  53. Myra Dakis

    When I look at this photo I see BEAUTY. Don't worry about what human "laws" allow and do not allow just show God gloryl, I am sure God saw it as pleasing to HIS eye. And that is all that matters.

  54. Curt Altschul

    @Georgia Martin and Irene Humphreys … How CHRISTIAN of Georgia Martin to call someone retarded! AND, to Irene … if you feel so strongly about YOUR god, I'd suggest that you go to the town square in Tehran, Iran with a sign espousing your belief in YOUR god and that, as you implied, YOUR god is everywhere which means that there are no other gods. Let's see if YOUR god protects you as, WHETHER (note the spelling) you believe or not, YOUR GOD IS EVERYWHERE!!! Bring back pictures of your adventure with you standing next to a crowd of about a dozen MEN near a sign that says TEHRAN and some other proof that you were there and I'll help pay for your trip! LOL

  55. Anonymous

    I'm curious as to what are the degrees of "celebration"? If a finger to the sky is excessive, what are the other degrees? I guess it's best not to show any emotion. Best to play it safe.

  56. Jim Judkins

    NASCAR-"I want to thank God"-NFL-"I want to thank God"-NBA-"I want to thank God"-MLB-"I want to thank God". You have heard it in every sport. I am appalled this happened in my Texas!

  57. Atheists for the truth

    Thank you Shivam. It is about time that someone else knows that the US is not founded on Christian principles. @ Nancy, If you looked at your history you would see that majority of our founding fathers hated the Christian religion; the founding fathers also said that the US would be much better without it.

  58. Marie Scarborough

    If you win because you enjoy celebrating,youve missed the point?????"SAYS YOU".If i celebrate after i win,i havnt missed anything.Its called my hard work has paid off and im now overjoyed and happy.I think you missed the point……………PS this isnt 1920,having a little fun and celebrating is ok with most #tooOLD

  59. Darrel Martin

    Not exactly the best push for texas. Sadly we have been part of the obamanation too long and looks like its too late for any 'hope' of 'change'! We've lost our freedom of speech, our right to bear arms is under attack and now it looks like religious freedom is doomed.
    Yes, we were once a great state, part of a great nation now we join the rest of the fools in the us and become tools of state control. The freedoms and greatness of our nation dies, not by an attack from other countries but from lack of caring. We gripe, we complain to each other on facebook and sit on our duffs while it all goes away.
    The revealution is over and we couldn't find one patriot to stand up and try to fight the loss.
    In 10 years, or less, we'll be just another socialist conglomerate that has all but forgotten we once were free, strong and united. Sad.

  60. Greg Poppa

    I'm not looking at this as a religious thing (the article seems to want to lean that way but oh well) but I don't understand how his gesture/celebration was "excessive." It, from what the guy in the video said, was a very small gesture not exactly like Usain Bolt or anything so why the DQ? If "excessive celebrations" aren't allowed then that means a small celebration is allowed, right? This is just stupid.

  61. Greg Poppa

    Curt, good job at the soup kitchen that's great, Christians do charitable stuff too but it's great that empathy is found in all people (to be clear I'm not being sarcastic.) The gesture isn't really thanking God for the win it's thanking God for the ability and such… Believe what you want that's fine but I would hardly compare what he did, as described in the video, to an endzone celebration, what part of what he did seemed "excessive"?

  62. Phil Coleman

    swan.rebecca It seems you dont know what you are talking about and not very informed. "evolving out of this nonsense" there is that word again that seems to fit all liberal conversations..

  63. Anonymous

    swan.rebecca
    have you read the Bible?
    i have and nowhere does it tell us to kill other people who worship other gods
    God is love you have him mistaken with allah who is satan and is worshiped in Islam and commands his followers to kill non-worshipers of him and calls for homosexuals to be killed and yada yada
    you should do your research before you judge miss Rebecca or you'll come off as judgemental and ignorant

  64. Don Lambert

    As long as celebration does not rise to the level of taunting one's opponent, it is not offensive and the DQ is unjustified. Part of the First Amendment states that "government" may not prevent us from practicing our religious beliefs… The track and field officials are representatives of a (state) governmental agency. Legal action should be taken, even to the extent that the state track and field series should be postponed until due process is followed.

  65. Chad Bolosan

    ummm, thanking God is NOT "celebratory". Thanking God is just that, being THANKFUL! You can "thank God" even if you lost. Would it then be a violation for "celebrating" a loss? Are high-fives, hand shakes, pats on the back, and congratulatory words also violations?

  66. Anonymous

    You don't have a clue…you got 2 religious views so mixed up proves it.

    The only thing hateful & stupid is your mindless comments & what the dick heads did to this team…

  67. Phil Coleman

    Eric Welsh geez you probably believe Hiter was a Christian.Now I know he said he was, but no evidence, right? oh, as for your comment, all those things you mentioned are found in the Bible, but these things are not endorsed by the Bible. I clearly remember the Christian armies attacking the Native Americans, REALLY Eric??

  68. Phil Coleman

    Proably find out later he was a athiest judge and got a little pissed of with the gesture…. hope the team fights this lame call.

  69. Anonymous

    I will bet not ONE of those so-called officials would have said a WORD to a mooslum for bowing down or a catholic crossing themselves…absolutely pathetic in the WORSE way.

    When are people going to quite being such wimps & get rid of all this school trash…and I am talking about the FACULTY, NOT the students!

  70. Janis McCoy Pride

    How long are we going to sit quietly by and feel powerless? Like lambs to the slaughter……without a clue. It all needs to start with officials…..at the top. Recall those on the school board who will not stand up against this nonsense; fire the superintendent of the school district who will not stand up for the students; fire the officials at the track meet; file a law suit using the ACLJ — they win almost all the time. It seems surreal that in our nation we are faced with liberality for everyone and everthing except Christianity. We don't need to become haters, just not passive in our passion. Wake up, people! Wake up.

  71. Anonymous

    The majority of the world hates real Christians and loves homosexuality and baby killing. Jesus said we would know the end because it will be like in Noahs' day. Then we can celebrate and give all the recognition to God that we so desire and the detractors will all be in Hell and won't be able to persecute Christians.

  72. Anita DiRienzo

    swan.rebecca you need to actually read the Bible.

  73. Anonymous

    The majority of Republicans using the so called conservative label also are as unGodly as liberals. They love Mammon over God.

  74. Janis McCoy Pride

    Eric Welsh : sorry you have believed the ultimate lie…..no one can draw such a conclusion if they really know their history – both biblical and world history…

  75. ShawnShelly Garriott

    YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW OUR HISTORY. YOU KNOW THAT OLD CHURCH WHERE 9/11 HAPPENED? THAT'S THE PLACE OUR FOUNDING FATHERS MADE A COVENANT WITH "GOD" TO BLESS THIS COUNTRY. READ YOUR HISTORY. I THOUGHT YOU HAD TO KNOW THIS BEFORE BECOMING A CITIZEN? UNDER GOD

  76. Sun Hopkins

    He was not suspended for any religious reason but because he broke the rules. Celebratory gestures – no matter what they are – are against the rules. If he can't go by the rules of his sport, he has no one to blame but himself.

  77. ShawnShelly Garriott

    Shivam Vohra YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW OUR HISTORY. YOU KNOW THAT OLD CHURCH WHERE 9/11 HAPPENED? THAT'S THE PLACE OUR FOUNDING FATHERS MADE A COVENANT WITH "GOD" TO BLESS THIS COUNTRY. READ YOUR HISTORY. I THOUGHT YOU HAD TO KNOW THIS BEFORE BECOMING A CITIZEN? UNDER GOD

  78. Joseph Ranciato

    Get your facts straight Swan.Rebecca!! I think we both know that most Christian people live by the new testament .. and I don't remember Jesus instructing us to "kill our family members?" It's funny how ignorant most liberals are about religion .. I wonder if your snarky little comment would be made if a Muslim were disqualified for acknowledging his or her faith … or would you be cowardly like most liberals? Find a new target for your hatred (Most church going folk are not out to hurt ya)

  79. Derrick Wayne Robinson

    Shivam Vohra needs his vista re-evaluated. Eric Welsh, talk about "ignorance & bigotry?" Let's talk about all these people from half way around the world coming to my country & ruining it! Making it a shit-hole like their 3rd world countries! Eric Welsh, you need to relocate your residence to the middle eastern nations.

  80. Joseph Ranciato

    Enough is enough people! Disqualifying an athlete over acknowledging his or her creator is sooooo wrong. Fire this jerk and send a message that Christians are no longer the liberals door mat. I think we Christians have something to learn from other religions.. THEY WON'T STAND FOR THIS CRAP SO WHY SHOULD WE? Wake up..

  81. Dan Neuman

    You're darn right the school "insists it was a celebration not a religious gesture" because it knows the Constitution does not ban state endorsement of God, merely state endorsement of "which" God or religion. The officials blew it and the school's in CYA mode.

  82. Wesley H. Soper

    Really? No one said anything about religion and your language could use some cleaning up. You're probably gay (I mean happy) knowing that you have all the answers.

  83. Derrick Wayne Robinson

    ShawnShelly Garriott I'm so sick of these fucc'n people trying to spread their radical lies in our nation! Stay studying in India & take Eric Welsh with you!

  84. ShawnShelly Garriott

    Eric Welsh YOUR IGNORANCE IS ASTOUNDING. PLEASE READ TO US AGAIN WHERE YOU WENT TO CHURCH. IF THATS WHAT YOU'VE BEEN TAUGHT I'M SORRY BUT YOU BETTER GO BACK AND READ AGAIN. I DON'T BELIEVE GOD SAID ANYTHING ABOUT SLAVES, AND I BELEIVE HE SAVED A WOMAN FROM BEING STONED TO DEATH BECAUSE OF PROSTITUTION, LET HE CAST THE FIRST STONE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN. GOD IS LOVE. PEOPLE SIN AND DO BAD THINGS IN THE NAME OF GOD BUT DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE GOD ASKED THEM TO DO IT. I THINK NOT. LOOK DOWN NOT UP ERIC.

  85. Barbara W E Countryman

    GOD is everywhere, just look around you.

  86. Mark Cunningham

    You are so confused. You are evolving is correct. Read the Bible as a whole book not a few selected segments. And you know it.

  87. Carlos Santiago

    It’s a sprint contest where the victor is declared in hundreth of a second. Judging on a subjective expression is inconsistent with track and field. If you want subjective judging go to gymnastics or diving. This is no more taunting than to award medals to those who win. Peace

  88. Carlos Santiago

    swan.rebecca It’s a sprint contest where the victor is declared in hundreth of a second. Judging on a subjective expression is inconsistent with track and field. If you want subjective judging go to gymnastics or diving. This is no more taunting than to award medals to those who win. Peace

  89. Anonymous

    This has got to be one of the hateful, and dumbest things I've heard. You would think Satan himself was on that board, give those kids back what's rightfully theirs. Shame on you! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!

  90. Mark Cunningham

    America was founded by people that believed and practiced religious freedom. Sad what some people believe the teachings of God are about. They never mentions love, forgiveness.

  91. Luis Alonso

    @ Ceceilia Williams – You just now know this? Jesus Himself said in the Bible, "this world is not in My hands." Yes, I know people wonder why He hasn't come back yet but I think it's because, and I shudder to think about it, it CAN get worse! Remember Sodom or the Great Flood? God had no choice cause the world was 100% evil! And I would not be surprised if we're getting there! People who condemn acts like those of this team make me lose faith in humanity.

  92. ShawnShelly Garriott

    IF THEY (THE OFFICIALS) LET THIS STAND THEN I THINK THEY NEED A GOOD STONING. WE HAVE'NT HAD ONE OF THOSE IN AWHILE MAYBE WE SHOULD BRING IT BACK. OR EVEN BETTER "A LYNCH MOB" LET'S HANG EM. ALL JOKING ASIDE PEOPLE, ARE WE GONNA SIT AROUND AND LET THIS HAPPEN. CAN'T CELEBRATE AND THANK THE ALMIGHTY? WOW! YOU IGNORANT FOOLS. I THINK FROM NOW ON EVERY TEAM SHOULD DO THE SAME CELEBRATION. ARE YOU GONNA DISQUALIFY THEM ALL? I BET NOT.

  93. John Mellon

    What you have here are those who do not believe that God exists.He is everywhere and God has the final say so on judgement day.Guys being disqualified was an in justice and you should appeal there decision and if that doesn't work Boycott the games where they are being held.Religious freedom has taken a turn for the worse.God should have sent Satan to Pluto where he can do the least of damage but it's too late now, except the board that made the decision about what happened are just as bad as the Boston, Mass bombing, they know how to ruin everything that was good.

  94. Derrick Wayne Robinson

    Shivam Vohra Why are you deleting my replied posts? Do you have something to hide? Is your vista up to date or are you another radical trying to destroy America with your radical beliefs?

  95. ShawnShelly Garriott

    IT'S ONLY SHITTY BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU TAKING GOD OUT OF EVERYTHING. WHINING AND COMPLAINING ABOUT GOD. IF YOU YOURSELF DON'T BELIEVE THEN WHY COMPLAIN ABOUT IT. JUST SHUT UP AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THIS SHITTY COUNTRY THEN GET OUT. FIND A ISLAND OF MISFIT ATHEISTS AND HAVE A BALL.

  96. Luis Alonso

    Kinda good point, Fritz, but if we are wise, we know God ALWAYS wins! And His ultimate victory not just for Him but everyone who believes in Him will be when He finally can't stand to see the mess we're in and wipes all evil away and takes true Christians home with Him. The way Christianity/Religion/etc. is scorned at these days, I BEG & PRAY I live to see the Heavens open up and see Him riding on the clouds. Oh, glorious day!

  97. Robert Sweetness Nutt

    Wow.Thanks guys.I didnt expect this many likes.I was expecting maybe a few likes and a lot of hate for saying what I did.Sorry.It is just how I feel.Regardless of what peoples view points is on God,it is wrong for anyone being punished for what they believe in.They want to keep God only in church but homosexuality in everyday society.

  98. Johnny Trujillo

    Nancy Jean Wrather The United States of America is not a Christian country.Our founding fathers wanted to get away from the religion that England wanted to push on everybody so bad.

  99. Anonymous

    If Derrick Hayes would have confessed he was gay nothing would have been said, he might have even got a call from President Obama praising him for coming out of the closet. But because he chose to acknowledge God he is disqualified. Somethings wrong with this picture.

  100. Randy Whisnant

    Disqualified for celebrating huh? So all the people who fist pumped or clapped where also disqualified? How about all those who smiled?

  101. Jenai Goss

    Read the Supreme Court case "Church of the Holy Trinity vs. the United States". While America was founded so that everyone was free to worship God how they pleased, it was certainly not founded to be secular or religion free. Government buildings started out with double duty as church buildings, funded by the government, and the military band would even double as a worship band! Let us not forget congressional prayer (started by one of the least religious founders, no less), the 200+ Bible societies the founders started, and the many laws upholding morality and religion they instituted.

  102. Ian Raudenbush

    I'm more anti "god" than almost anyone and even I think this is stupid.

  103. Fabio Mariutto

    funny real funny….if they were coming second I bet they were not disqualified…….this is when sport stops and politic starts.

  104. Matthew Sims

    This nation turns more and more against God every day. Seriously though, celebrating shouldn't disqualify you unless it's insanely extravagant or something. Even if you're an atheist, someone praying shouldn't matter to you. If you're so sure God does not exist then what they are doing shouldn't matter to you.

  105. Anonymous

    WTF? A team can't celebrate because it's considered offensive when you point to the sky praising God?

  106. Anonymous

    swan.rebecca You're an idiot because you obviously never read the Bible and have a very warped opinion on Christianity. It's a hateful and stupid uninformed Liberal opinion and you know it.

  107. Gary Clements

    thanks to the conservative view of separation of church and state! well, all the students who participate in sports should not do it this year! this is a violation of their constitutional right people a died in wars for! excessive is to flip /dance…not pointing to the sky…idiots.

  108. Anonymous

    Guess a finger pointing skyward is now over the top. Well now. Whether acknowledging God, or honoring a friend who has passed on, or pointing out a bird….this is a form of discrimination.

  109. Anonymous

    most people are spinning this way out of context.. the rules state… You can do whatever you want to in terms of prayer, kneeling or whatever you want to once you get out of the competition area. You just can't do it in the competition area. It goes back to the taunting rule…. follow the rules and everything will be fine… even Christians have to follow the rules.

  110. Reza Wrecks

    If the guy knelt toward mecca and thanked allah, all you christian nuts wouldn't be defending his freedom of religion.

  111. Gary Hauf

    Like Bill Maher says, thanking god, most of the time, is arrogance disguised as humility.

  112. Kevin Derrico

    Then again, he could be pointing at the huge meteor hurtling toward the Earth. Or pointing out that the cloud looks like an elephant.