Family Research Council

N.C. Wrestler Goes to the Mat for His Values


By Tony Perkins
March 06, 2013

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Nicholas Fant may be a wrestler--but he's no lightweight when it comes to faith. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. There are lots of positions that can get you penalized in wrestling, but who knew kneeling was one of them? Nicholas Fant found that out the hard way when he lost a point for praying before the match. The high school student dropped to one knee for a quick prayer, when the ref made the call. According to Nick, the whole thing took two seconds. "Other wrestlers take two seconds to wave or shake hands and those things are never penalized," says the Alliance Defending Freedom. If Nick had knelt to tie his shoe instead of pray, he probably wouldn't have been charged with anything! In a letter to North Carolina's Athletic Association, ADF explains that this wasn't a delay tactic, but religious expression! Obviously, this was just an intolerant referee. But if he's going to wrestle with ADF, he shouldn't be surprised when the Constitution wins.

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