An Alabama Christian Academy Celebrates a Sabbath Victory

The article discusses a case involving Oakwood Adventist Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist high school, and the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA). Oakwood requested to reschedule a basketball game that was scheduled on the seventh-day Sabbath due to religious convictions. However, the AHSAA refused to accommodate the request, leading to Oakwood forfeiting the game and being denied a shot at the state finals.

The refusal by the AHSAA received significant attention and criticism, even from Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who praised the convictions of the Oakwood players. As a result, the South-Central Conference of Seventh-day Adventists filed a lawsuit against the AHSAA, arguing that the refusal to accommodate their religious beliefs amounted to religious discrimination.

The lawsuit was filed before the U.S. District Court, with legal representation from Becket, a religious liberty organization. The case aimed to protect the free expression of religious beliefs and ensure that individuals are not penalized for following their convictions.

Eventually, the AHSAA agreed to make the necessary changes to accommodate religious beliefs, allowing religious accommodations in playoff scheduling starting from the 2023-2024 school year. The lawsuit was dropped as a result.

The article highlights the importance of the Sabbath commandment to Seventh-day Adventists and the need to protect religious freedoms. It also provides information about the fourth commandment and its significance.


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