17 February 2011

A Principled Young Gentleman . . .

Refuses to wrestle a girl.

As a boy and teenager growing up in the '60's & '70's, I participated in various organized sports and competions - basketball, the Soap Box Derby, etc. These activities were organized by men for boys. There was an accepted and acknowledged difference between the sexes (imagine that). Boys, especially at those ages, tend to be rough and competitive, which is a good thing and, at that time, the thought of girls competing in the same event with boys would have been soundly rejected. Not so in our "more enlightened" worldview. 

Now comes a young man who, based on his convictions as a Christian, has respectfully refused to wrestle a girl in a high school tournament. 

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Cassy and Megan and their accomplishments. However, wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times," wrote Northup. "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 other high school sports in Iowa."

Good for him. Chivalry lives. Not surprisingly, the young man was homeschooled. Complete story here.

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