Thursday, March 1, 2012

Texas Athletic Ass. forced to accomodate Shabbos observant players

A Texas high school athletics association said Thursday that, under legal pressure, it would change the time of a boys basketball state semifinal game Friday to accommodate an Orthodox Jewish day school in Houston whose players observe the Sabbath. 

The school, the Robert M. Beren Academy, was expected to forfeit its game against the Covenant School of Dallas, scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday. It appealed to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, the group that organizes the event, but the association said it was unwilling to change the time of the game, citing its bylaws. 

But on Thursday, the association, known as Tapps, said on its Web site that it had “been served a temporary restraining order which requires the Beran Academy be allowed to participate

1 comment :

  1. Should they really be forced though? America is not a Jewish country.
    If they choose to forfeit, they have made a kiddush Hashem and honored the Shabbat. I don't really get why the non-Jews should be forced to accommodate this unless they themselves want to (for various possible reasons including that they want the best competition to win their event, or they simply want to do a nice thing for the Jewish school). What sense does it make to claim that they MUST alter their schedule and adjust their bylaws?


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