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One News Now: Alliance Defending Freedom isn’t buying the “delaying the match” argument. ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco explains why the one-point penalty was unjust – and why the NCHSAA’s explanation just does not make sense. “Secular activities, like waving to your parents or wishing the other wrestler good luck with a shake of the hand or shaking the ref’s hand – if they were two seconds long, it probably wouldn’t have resulted in any kind of a penalty,” the ADF senior legal counsel offers. “Yet for some reason, this referee decided to penalize this wrestler for kneeling down and praying for a couple of seconds. It’s just completely unwarranted.” ADF addressed the incident in a letter . . .
World Net Daily: In a letter, David A. Cortman and other attorneys in the Alliance Defending Freedom told the North Carolina High School Athletics Association it has “a constitutional duty to protect students’ First Amendment right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.” . . . “We do not believe that the NCHSAA fulfilled that duty in this case and we find the comments made by Mr. Whitfield in support of the NCHSAA referee’s actions deeply troubling,” said the ADF letter. ADF has given the North Carolina group until March 6 to answer whether it will take steps “to ensure that students’ right to express their faith at school athletic events is respected in the future.”
Yahoo News: North Carolina high school wrestling official issued a warning to a Wake Forest-Rolesville (Wake Forest, N.C.) High competitor for praying prior to a match, eventually costing him a point and leading to a 3-0 loss, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.
Charlotte Observer: Wake Forest-Rolesville’s coach said he will ask for clarification of a rule that led an official to give one of his wrestlers a warning for taking a kneel to pray on the mat before his match Tuesday. Sam Hershey, though, said he has no plans to report the official’s decision to the N.C. High School Athletic Association for wrongdoing.
Todd Starnes at Fox News: It’s been a season-long tradition for Nicholas Fant to drop to one knee and offer a two-second prayer before his wrestling matches. But on Tuesday, that two-second prayer got the Wake Forest-Rolesville High School student in trouble.
Alliance Defending Freedom has sent a letter to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association explaining why a wrestling official’s penalty against a high school wrestler who prayed for two seconds at the beginning of a match is unconstitutional.
The New American: There appears to be a new rule in North Carolina’s high school wrestling rule book: Prayer is prohibited.