"There is certainly no scriptures, and there is nothing doctrinal and nothing church based. I just believe this is a principled decision. Joel believes based on his conscience and his faith that girls should be treated with dignity and respect," said Jamie Northrup.
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I was brought up much the same. I am glad to see him standing up for what he believes in.
She steps on the mat, she becomes just another opponent. If I made it to state tournament level, only to have someone say "I'm not going to fight you, you're a girl!" I would be a bit insulted. It wouldn't be respectful of all I'd done to get to where I was. She earned the right to compete, not to have someone back away like she has the plague.
I'm really back and forth on this...I'm SUPER gender equality man, but I also know (from experience at work) that I am somewhat hesitant to put a hand on a women that's not "loving" in nature.
He did something unpopular to stand up for what he believes in. Good for him.