Saturday, March 01, 2008

Jewish basketball team gets an unlikely ally

I thought I had posted this earlier but I see I didn't. There is a high school team from a Jewish school that may be forced to forfeit it's championship game because the Colorado High School Activities Association has already rejected the team's request to move the game to any day but Saturday - a day on which the players are not, by Jewish law, permitted to play sports.
My congratulations to the members of Colorado's Herzl/Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy basketball team on their successful playoff run. With one more victory, they'll reach the regional championships on Saturday, March 8th.
Well now they have picked up an unlikely ally, CAIR. Yes that organization that is an unindicted co conspirator in the Holy Land Charity case, or at least a local chapter of that organization has issued a statement of support for the lads.
"In a nation as religiously diverse as America, it is important that we all make the extra effort to accommodate the beliefs and practices of others," said Amina Rubin, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington. "Student athletes should not be forced to choose between their faith and participation in sports."

There is one distinct difference however that needs to be made. While the school is using the proper channel to address the matter they are not seething, rioting, threatening to burn cars or espousing any sort of violent reaction should the athletic board not concede to their request. I don't think the same thing could be said of a certain other religion who apparently are bereft of any sense of humor.

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