Seventh-day Adventist sues over tennis tourney rules

Friday, August 16, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Bible 2A high school tennis stand-out is suing to defend her right to compete while following their faith.

Becket is representing Joelle Chung, who is suing the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association after it banned her from competing in postseason competition.

Why? Because the final day of state competition was scheduled for a Saturday but Chung belongs to the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, which meets on Saturdays and considers it a holy day.

Becket attorney Joe Davis says Chung was disqualified because of a “potential conflict” with Saturday church attendance if she won her games and made it to the last day of competition.

According to Beckett, Chung asked the WIAA to allow an alternate for Saturday, which would accommodate her faith, but the association refused.

 “The law requires the government to do much more than that,” Davis tells OneNewsNow, “when it comes to accommodating religious beliefs."

Although the disagreement and state tournament is behind her, Chung is suing because her younger brother, Joseph, is playing on the tennis team and could face the same difficulty in the future.

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