Jews use legal system to get their way in basketball...

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http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/03/01/3091916/orthodox-ballers-sue-texas-school-school-district

Beren Academy prevails in Texas tourney controversy

March 1, 2012

NEW YORK (JTA) -- A Texas athletic league has reversed course and will reschedule tournament games that will enable a Jewish day school, the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston, to compete.

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, known as TAPPS, decided Thursday to reschedule a state boys' basketball tournament semifinal so that the Beren Academy of Houston can compete without violating the Jewish Sabbath. The game, which had been scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday, instead will be played in the afternoon.

The decision came just hours after the announcement that the team captain, along with teammates and parents, had enlisted the support of prominent Washington attorney Nathan Lewin and filed a lawsuit against TAPPS and the Mansfield Independent School District, whose facilities are hosting the semifinals and finals of the 2A tournament.

TAPPS had previously declined two appeals this week from Beren to reschedule the game, which was to feature the Modern Orthodox school against Dallas Covenant. The final was originally set for 2 p.m. Saturday, which also conflicts with the Sabbath.

"We are thankful to the TAPPS for ultimately making the right decision," the school said in a statement Thursday. "The school administration and board was not involved in any legal action, and we regret that it took a lawsuit filed [by] parents to bring about this decision."

TAPPS in a statement posted on its website Wednesday had said that when the Beren Academy met with the association's board in 2009 to discuss membership, it was told that tournament games are scheduled on Friday and Saturday, and that the school's athletic director said he "understood" and "did not see a problem."

Beren's plight made international headlines this week and garnered support from several public figures, including the mayor of Houston, the former Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.). The team, which with a 24-5 record is playing the best basketball in its history, had earned a spot in the state semifinals last week with a 27-point victory in the quarterfinals.
Actually, I think this is pretty cool. I'm kind of annoyed that some of the parents (and NOT the school) had to go to this length to be able to play in the TAPPS tournament, but it's great that these kids get to play.

For fuck's sake, the league is for private and parochial schools. The league makes accommodations for Christian schools not playing on Sundays: why can't they make the same effort to make sure the Jewish kids aren't forced to quit a game because it's on their Sabbath?
 

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The cheerleader's favorite cheer for the football team at the Jewish high school...

Get that quarter back!



tss... I'm always crackin' everybody up.
 

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http://www.jta.org/news/article/2012/03/01/3091916/orthodox-ballers-sue-texas-school-school-district



Actually, I think this is pretty cool. I'm kind of annoyed that some of the parents (and NOT the school) had to go to this length to be able to play in the TAPPS tournament, but it's great that these kids get to play.

For fuck's sake, the league is for private and parochial schools. The league makes accommodations for Christian schools not playing on Sundays: why can't they make the same effort to make sure the Jewish kids aren't forced to quit a game because it's on their Sabbath?
On top of that, I read somewhere that they made an exception in the past for Seventh Day Adventists. I simply never understand why these stories have to get this big to get settled. What utter douche couldn't just say: "Yeah, let's just move it." What did they think would happen? This is a classic "religious discrimination" story the media loves to run with. Sometimes the lack of thinking is simply staggering.
 

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Even if He's real, does He really give a fuck about things like the Sabbath?
I look at things like that this way:

Several years ago, I joined the Freemasons. No big deal, really. But in the process, I gave an oath to not reveal any secrets in the organization, the rites, etc. Now, you can find every rite for the Freemasons that I've ever learned on YouTube. Things from rites to secret handshakes. I'm willing to bet that you've heard some Freemason "secret words".

But I gave an oath. I will not be telling anyone anything. It doesn't matter to me that all of that is out there: I said that I wouldn't contribute to it.

Observant Jews don't avoid doing certain things because they're afraid that God will strike them down for doing them. The Jewish faith includes a fair amount of forgiveness, particularly Rosh Hashanah. But Observants choose to stick to those beliefs because they've made the decision to do so, period.

It's about respecting a group of people who've chosen to stick by a particular code of behavior, where that behavior asks very little to nothing of you. It is their choice to stick to that behavior.

In this case, they're part of an organization pretty much designed to cater to various groups that have codes of behavior that they (more or less) stick to. All this school was asking for was for their code to be respected as the code of others was respected.

And for the record, if this were a Muslim school part of TAPPS that was asking for the same Sabbath considerations, I'd support them, too.
 

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Observant Jews don't avoid doing certain things because they're afraid that God will strike them down for doing them. The Jewish faith includes a fair amount of forgiveness, particularly Rosh Hashanah. But Observants choose to stick to those beliefs because they've made the decision to do so, period.
God gets flattered enough as it is. Stop bowing to him.

By the way, of course the group should be treated fairly. I'm just don't get the concept of the Sabbath to begin with.
 

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God gets flattered enough as it is. Stop bowing to him.

By the way, of course the group should be treated fairly. I'm just don't get the concept of the Sabbath to begin with.
Frankly, the modern Jewish interpretation of the concept of the Sabbath has been blown way out of proportion. The biblical verse says something akin to "don't do any work or craft" but later rabbinical generations (We're still talking hundreds and hundreds of years ago) tacked on to it because of the move towards stricter orthodoxy. Now it's all nuts. But, it is what it is.
 

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How about you stick to the original agreement and not join the league if you know there'd be a conflict when the games are played?

TAPPS in a statement posted on its website Wednesday had said that when the Beren Academy met with the association's board in 2009 to discuss membership, it was told that tournament games are scheduled on Friday and Saturday, and that the school's athletic director said he "understood" and "did not see a problem."
 

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How about you stick to the original agreement and not join the league if you know there'd be a conflict when the games are played?
He probably "didn't see a problem" because he figured his school's beliefs would be respected and their games would be played on Friday before the Sabbath or Saturday night after the Sabbath.