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Sunday, March 04, 2012

Great to be back

It's great to be back at Prawfs!  I'm looking forward to blogging this month about Florida's new and confusing "anti-sharia" initiative, the Supreme Court's Hosanna-Tabor decision and some other law & religion fun.

But to start things off, I've been completely obsessed with the recent kerfuffle over rescheduling the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) state semi-final game to accommodate an Orthodox Jewish high school's team's sabbath observance.  If you haven't seen any of the stories (the name of the high school is the Robert M. Beren Academy), check out the ESPN, New York Times and Wall Street Journal articles.  The short of it is, the semifinal game was scheduled to take place on the Jewish Sabbath, Beren asked to have the game rescheduled, initially TAPPS refused to schedule the game, parents filed a lawsuit, and the game was rescheduled (Beren won the semi-final game, but lost a few hours ago in the finals - oh, the heartbreak).

Now I admit my obsession my be related to the fact that the team's leading scorer is my wife's aunt's nephew (okay, not the closest connection, but it was enough for me), but I've been amazed at the national attention the story has received.  There's also been a lively conversation on the law & religion listserv, considering some of the surrounding legal issues (some of which I hope to get back to in a later post).

But my personal favorite story line comes from Jerome Solomon at the Houston Chronicle.  Part of his contention/theory is that the team scheduled to play Beren in the semi-finals put the kabosh on changing the time of the game.  The reason: they were afraid to play Beren after Beren had won their previous game by 27 points.

Now this I like.  The reluctance to accomodate was driven not by animus or inconvenience, but because Beren's team was simply better at basketball!

Posted by Michael Helfand on March 4, 2012 at 03:42 AM | Permalink


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