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Journal of No. 118

March 6th, 2012

Shomer fucking shabbos @ 01:15 pm

You may have dimly heard a story about a basketball team from an Orthodox school that was going to have to default in the semifinals, since the championship game was set for the Sabbath. And then the schedule got changed, and they went on to win. Yay!

The NYT dug deeper, and what it found wasn't pretty. The organization involved is TAPPS, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. For one thing, TAPPS only changed the date when lawyers representing some of the Jewish students "filed a complaint and an application for a temporary restraining order."
But the even uglier thing was how TAPPS treated Muslim schools that wanted to join:
In addition to an application form, Iman Academy SW was given a questionnaire. Among the questions:
“It is our understanding that the Koran tells you not to mix with (and even eliminate) the infidels. Christians and Jews fall into that category. Why do you wish to join an organization whose membership is in disagreement with your religious beliefs?”
At least two other Islamic schools were given similar questionnaires; they declined to fill them out.

Iman Academy SW did fill out the application and questionnaire and was denied membership. It did not challenge the association’s decision.
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Journal of No. 118