(Tim, w/thanks to many) Joel Northrup wrestles for Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. Wrestling's big in Iowa--something like football in Massilon, Ohio--and Joel had done very well, making it to state. But lightning struck.
Joel drew Cassy Herkelman as an opponent and decided to forfeit. He released this statement explaining his decision:
I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy and Megan (Black, the tournament’s other female entrant) and their accomplishments. However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times. As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner. It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most of the high school sports in Iowa.
Is anyone surprised a young man who's retained some modicum of sexual modesty today is a homeschooler? Is anyone surprised the secularists consider this...one more proof of the evils of homeschooling?
Reading the arguments opposing Joel's act of conscience in the comments below the article reminds me of the arguments used by some of the teaching elders on the PCA General Assembly's Ad Interim Committee on Women in the Military who opposed the PCA taking a position against women in combat. "So she's a girl! What difference does that make?"
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Meanwhile, the R2K men's chorus is belting it out, a capella in four part harmony: "What's faith got to do with it, do with it?"