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Published on: April 1, 2012 04:50 PM
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Salado, TX - The director of a Texas private school association that came under fire for refusing to reschedule a game that conflicted with the Sabbath says an Orthodox Jewish school should have never been a member in the first place.

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Edd Burleson says his Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools should have never let the Beren Academy join them last year. TAPPS ultimately rescheduled the Beren playoff basketball game in March under the pressure of a lawsuit and public backlash.

Burleson told The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/H6UmA4 ) that he doesn’t have the time for “politically correct gobbledygook.” He says TAPPS would have ultimately prevailed if there had been more time to fight in court.

TAPPS represents more than 200 private schools with almost 40,000 students statewide.


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 Apr 01, 2012 at 05:08 PM Mark Levin Says:

Mamzer should rot in hell. He would be better off sticking his real foot in his mouth instead of the proverbial one. Either way, he should choke!

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 05:35 PM ExpatriateOwl Says:

He really doesn't mind having Jewish schools in his league -- as long as their teams don't win.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 05:48 PM Anonymous Says:

He should never been the head of the association with a mind set of his. It is a parochial school and meets the criteria so why not; why not he is anti-semitic

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 06:02 PM Anonymous Says:

TAPPS is not Constitutionally a Christian organization.
http://www.tapps.net/PDF/Constitution/By-laws/SubChapterB/bylawssubchapterBsection10.pdf

I fail to see why he should not have allowed them to join other than the usual anti-semitism. The players were religiously forbidden from playing. A good Christian should be happy to accommodate.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 06:02 PM Reb Hersh Says:

Why do orthodox yidden need to be playing with the areilim. Let's focus on Torah.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 06:17 PM Reb Yid Says:

Myabe he's right. Maybe you shouldn't join an organization if it will mean fighting them over shabbos schedules. I mean, it's not like a job which you need for parnassah, it's recreation for crying out loud. Also, isn't it a bit much to waste so much time playing sports? A little playing to relax during the day is one thing, but this strikes me as quite a lot of bittul torah.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 06:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Just a silly old relic of a man, whose time ended while he was still young.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 06:48 PM Truth Says:

Reply to #6  
Reb Yid Says:

Myabe he's right. Maybe you shouldn't join an organization if it will mean fighting them over shabbos schedules. I mean, it's not like a job which you need for parnassah, it's recreation for crying out loud. Also, isn't it a bit much to waste so much time playing sports? A little playing to relax during the day is one thing, but this strikes me as quite a lot of bittul torah.

I got news for you. When you stand up against these anti-semites in Parnossah you lose, like I did. Maybe the selfish people who don't want to hire Shomer Shabbos Jews will learn by this story. The courts have time and again allowed discrimination in employment with any excuse they can think of. Because we don't have the strength to riot to get our way, no matter what, like other groups do.
They are no different than this Rosha and his politically -correct gobbleygook!

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 06:37 PM kingizzy Says:

The school was told in the beginning that the playoffs are on Saturday! They didn't seem to care then!

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 06:52 PM Avi Says:

To #5- Halacha teaches us to safeguard our health. Thus, by extension, playing in competitive sports, keeps both young people and older people, in very good physical condition. In addition to studying Torah, it is very important for Yidden of all ages, to stay physically fit.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 07:23 PM Anonymous Says:

So what else is new?Can you imagine what he would say if the team won
the championship?

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 07:10 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

TAPPS was in the news earlier this month. They sent an insulting letter to a Muslim school demanding justifications for allowing Muslim boys to play in the same league as Christians. They also sent out a "survey" to the membership whipping up fear and hatred against the school and all Muslims.

This is nothing new. Texas has always been a bigoted, hateful place. National politics being what they are this kind of thing is only going to get worse.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 07:22 PM nyker Says:

Dont give me anygarbage about bitul torah. Teach a child to learn all day he will do so till he gets out of jail i mean yeshiva. Teach him to love to learn he will do so all his life. Let the kids have fun and feel good about themselves that they made it all the way to the end. Stop spewing your nonsense aboutbitul torah

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 07:48 PM harryw Says:

Reply to #10  
Avi Says:

To #5- Halacha teaches us to safeguard our health. Thus, by extension, playing in competitive sports, keeps both young people and older people, in very good physical condition. In addition to studying Torah, it is very important for Yidden of all ages, to stay physically fit.

Abselutely true. However, no where in the torah is it writen that if you play sports for health reasons it must belong to a team that belongs to a league or association. So your point dosnt hold any water.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 07:49 PM awacs Says:

Hint : When you speak to the press and say, "I don't have time" to defend my position, it means that you DON'T have the goods.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 07:59 PM Yeehaaa Says:

Spoken like a true racist Texas redneck.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 08:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Reb Hersh Says:

Why do orthodox yidden need to be playing with the areilim. Let's focus on Torah.

You are clearly not an intelligent "orthodox yid" or you wouldn't ask such a silly question. There is plenty of time in a day for these frum Texas bochurim to learn and to develop their skills in sports and other recreational activities as well. Your dark, myopic and insular world of yiddeshkeit has no redeeming value in the lone star state (or anywhere else for that matter other than meah sheairm). Your objective is to create a dysfunctional generation of bochurm who cannot function in a global society where lamdus is not the only virtue.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM username Says:

It would be great if all the TAPPS member schools withdrew from the conference and formed a competing one.

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 09:38 PM AnonN Says:

this guys right.
the school joined the league knowing full well that playoff games would not be rescheduled. then when it came time to forfeit the game like they should have they complained of anti semitism.
well this guy's right, if they weren't willing to play by the rules, they shouldve never been a member

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 Apr 01, 2012 at 09:43 PM 5TResident Says:

Its Texas, land of the Baptists. What did you think some hick like Burleson was going to say? The man can't even spell "Ed" correctly.

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 Apr 02, 2012 at 06:10 AM antsy Says:

Reply to #5  
Reb Hersh Says:

Why do orthodox yidden need to be playing with the areilim. Let's focus on Torah.

Not all children have the ability to sit and learn. some need to have more activities so that when they do go back to learning, they can learn with more koach.

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 Apr 02, 2012 at 09:15 AM concerned_Jew Says:

Reply to #5  
Reb Hersh Says:

Why do orthodox yidden need to be playing with the areilim. Let's focus on Torah.

They want to play sports. it is a good outlet. why should they be denied because we have a different Sabbath? I think all faiths should be accommodated.

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 Apr 02, 2012 at 09:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Reb Yid Says:

Myabe he's right. Maybe you shouldn't join an organization if it will mean fighting them over shabbos schedules. I mean, it's not like a job which you need for parnassah, it's recreation for crying out loud. Also, isn't it a bit much to waste so much time playing sports? A little playing to relax during the day is one thing, but this strikes me as quite a lot of bittul torah.

You're getting off track. They wanted to play with them and their religious beliefs should have been taken into consideration and treated with sensitivity. What is so hard for some people to do that? I don't want to hear about inconvenience. All religions should be treated with respect and sensitivity and inclusiveness is the goal here.

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 Apr 02, 2012 at 10:45 AM sane Says:

Reply to #10  
Avi Says:

To #5- Halacha teaches us to safeguard our health. Thus, by extension, playing in competitive sports, keeps both young people and older people, in very good physical condition. In addition to studying Torah, it is very important for Yidden of all ages, to stay physically fit.

What dide they do in Europe?

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 Apr 02, 2012 at 11:49 AM JOTHEPROFESSOR Says:

Reply to #19  
AnonN Says:

this guys right.
the school joined the league knowing full well that playoff games would not be rescheduled. then when it came time to forfeit the game like they should have they complained of anti semitism.
well this guy's right, if they weren't willing to play by the rules, they shouldve never been a member

But it is worth recalling that the school was willing to forfeit;; it was parents who went to court. Also worth recalling is that the league did (previously) reschedule at the request of a Seventh Day Adventist school. The New York Times did an excellent job of exposing the leagues bigotry. (Did the right-wing media do the same? -Not a rhetorical question, just wondering.)

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 Apr 02, 2012 at 02:30 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Reply to #25  
JOTHEPROFESSOR Says:

But it is worth recalling that the school was willing to forfeit;; it was parents who went to court. Also worth recalling is that the league did (previously) reschedule at the request of a Seventh Day Adventist school. The New York Times did an excellent job of exposing the leagues bigotry. (Did the right-wing media do the same? -Not a rhetorical question, just wondering.)

None of the usual Right Wing outlets from Fox, NewsMax, Drudge, the National Review, the Washington Times on down covered this.

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 Apr 02, 2012 at 07:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
Anonymous Says:

You're getting off track. They wanted to play with them and their religious beliefs should have been taken into consideration and treated with sensitivity. What is so hard for some people to do that? I don't want to hear about inconvenience. All religions should be treated with respect and sensitivity and inclusiveness is the goal here.

let me hear you repeat that when a mosque school wants to join the yeshiva league, okay?

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 Apr 02, 2012 at 10:49 PM JOTHEPROFESSOR Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

let me hear you repeat that when a mosque school wants to join the yeshiva league, okay?

Are you talking about a league exclusively for yeshivos (not likely in Texas) or are you talking about a private school league towhich a yeshiva happens to belong? If the latter, what's the (additional) problem?

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