Friday, February 29, 2008

Jewish School, Sabbath Game, Good Point, Smart Move

Herzl/Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy's basketball team deserved a place in the regional games. But their game was on the Sabbath: putting the Jewish school's team in a very difficult position.

They're getting support from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) an Islamic civil rights group, which is making what I think is a very smart move. And, a good point.

"Islamic Group Supports Jewish School Teams' Plea Over Sabbath" FOXNews (February 28, 2008)

"A Jewish school's plea for basketball playoff games to be scheduled at times other than the Jewish Sabbath got support Thursday from an Islamic civil rights group.

" '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 coordinator for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. 'Student athletes should not be forced to choose between their faith and participation in sports.' "

CAIR has been in the news before, although I haven't noticed them in the last few months. My impression of CAIR was that they were a very enthusiastic group of Muslims with, to be polite, a tendency to over-react to insults, real or imagined.

Perhaps they've re-evaluated their position. It's a relief to be able to say something positive about the group.

Previous posts discussing CAIR:


Anonymous said...

More of the "good" Muslims should stand up and separate themselves from those radical islamic idiots. And more Americans should stop worrying about being so politically correct. We are all tired of walking on those egg shells.

Brian H. Gill said...


Agreed on both points. (Although, as a former English teacher, I have to point out that the problem with many radical Muslims is that they have normal intelligence coupled with disordered beliefs.)

I think that the bigger problem, for America as a whole, is how political correctness still dominates public policy.

As you said, "We are all tired of walking on those egg shells."

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