Iman Academy: Texas's Private-School League Asks Muslim Schools Why They'd Play with Christians

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"Honor" not available in all areas.
The New York Times took a look at the story of the Beren Academy, a Jewish school that was initially going to have to forfeit its playoff run because the schedule conflicted with the Sabbath.

The organization making that decision was the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which oversees competitions for 200 private schools in the state.

The Times uncovered a striking letter TAPPS wrote to Houston's Iman Academy SW when the Islamic school inquired about joining the league.

The school was asked to answer the following questions:

-- "Historically, there is nothing in the Koran that fully embraces Christianity or Judaism in the way a Christian and/or a Jew understands his religion. Why, then, are you interested in joining an association whose basic beliefs your religion condemns?"

-- "It is our understanding that the Koran tells you not to mix with (and even eliminate) the infidels. Christians and Jews fall into that category. Why do you wish to join an organization whose membership is in disagreement with your religious beliefs?"

-- "How does your school address certain Christian concepts? (i.e. celebrating Christmas)"

Wait, don't hardcore evangelical Christians believe Jews are going to hell? Did Beren Academy get a letter saying, "Why do you want to play basketball when you're eventually going to burn forever in Satan's domain?"

TAPPS also asked school officials in an interview about the proposed "Ground Zero mosque," which has a lot to do with high school basketball.

TAPPS won't answer questions on the subject. The Iman Academy was denied membership in the organization and did not appeal the decision.

"We didn't want to bring any negative attention to the school," a school official told the Times. "We know our kids are just as American as their kids. We just wanted to play ball."


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juli1
juli1

What is really boils down to is this;TAPPS had the opportunity to behave in a *truly* Godly manner, and set a strong example of  good sportsmanship.  To show *all* these kids, regardless of their religion, how *real* Americans treat each other.They blew it,

Guest
Guest

...wonders where in the koran does it say to discriminate against all other religions and where in the bible to look down on others...

Shelly1978us
Shelly1978us

Is that really the logo?  They cannot even spell School, so I am not sure I would want to be part of their group.

cajunwarthog
cajunwarthog

When my kids were young they would get into "fights/spats" with other kids. The mothers would get involved and things would get worse. The women would be yelling and calling names, the fathers would just go back to whatever they were doing ...... where were the kids while the mother were near "fists",,,,,, they were playing with each other, like NOTHING ever happened. So, let the kids play ball and enjoy growing up. I'll go back to my veggie garden.

danielpauldavis
danielpauldavis

The "reporter" adds snarky "questions" while missing the point. The questions the league asked weren't about what Christians or Jews believe but what MOSLEMS believe. Indeed, the Quran commands Moslems to not make any deals with Christians or Jews, which a sports league would obviously require. Thus, they are asking the obvious question: Why are you [really] doing this?

Jesus Says
Jesus Says

Personally, I have been blasting TAPPS officials with hate mail, and have reached out to the sponsors(La Quinta, Wilson, etc..) and some member schools on their website.  I would encourage anybody else concerned to do the same, as it will likely be more productive than debating with thick-headed shut-ins on this thread.  Also made a donation to the school on their website.  Not a Muslim or even a parent, just an outraged citizen of Texas.  These Hate-Mongers have no place in a civilized society.

Bryan J. Maloney
Bryan J. Maloney

Some family trees in Texas just don't fork, that's all. Them thar kissin' cousin schools just don't want to run the risk of breeding outside the family circle.

Stevenkaminskified
Stevenkaminskified

things are just bigger in texas...including the hypocritical dumbshits 

David Bruce James
David Bruce James

Consider the source, they are Christians.  Every much as bigoted and hateful as the zionist and the rabid islamist.  Maybe more so.  They don't want you going out with their sisters/daughters or sitting at the same soda fountain.  Besides your skin is probably a bit darker than theirs so you will obviously kick their tails.  Be of good cheer, sooner or later they will finds someone else that they don't understand or hate and you'll be cool.

GUEST
GUEST

all 3 religions, Jewish, Muslim, and Christianity, they all have their extremists. I found it refreshing to see this decision made. TAPPS did not bend over to the forced PC movement. So what if they don't let them play. Not everyone can be happy. Not everyone can be winners. Most people in this country walk around with blinders on thinking that everyone deserves a chance at anything. But that is not how it really works. TAPPS is a private organization that has the right to deny membership. They exercised their rights. The End.

Hellotwilight
Hellotwilight

really??? did they ask the beren academy why they wanted their youth to play with goyim when the old testament forbids interaction between jews and non???? just because you follow after the god of abraham, isaac and jacob, does not mean you neglect ishmael and essau

Dolly Dagger
Dolly Dagger

Every day there is a new reason to dislike Christians.  Jesus I like, but his followers are increasingly hateful and elitist.

apoorcitizen
apoorcitizen

 Didn't the USA and Iran play a basketball game at the World Championships in 2010?

David
David

Check out the religion of peace dot com and see what you think.

David
David

Ask the Coptic Christians in Egypt how well the Muslim majority treats them. Guess how they get the Coptic girls to "convert" to Islam and "marry" a Muslim? Guess which minority commits the majority of rapes in the Scandinavian countries? In the UK their school books discuss the best ways to amputate hands and kill homosexuals. Guess how many cars get torched in Paris every night by what religion?

Lospoconos
Lospoconos

So many smart people posting childish comments here. The authorities should look into the terroristic remark "randomironicname." made

Wastrel Way
Wastrel Way

Yes, very interesting.  The questions asked by TAPPS are barely literate.  However, in the interest of complete reporting, you should say whether the Muslim school answered them, and if they lied.

GlenW
GlenW

Nice going Texas.

jabbausaf
jabbausaf

People of the book, or "Ahl-I-Ketahb", is the Islamic sharia term used to describe Christians and Jews. They are mentioned in the Qur'an as being warranted specific rights and protections. For example, "Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in God and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." [Quran 2:62]During the period of widespread Muslim empire, there were many people in the empire of non-Muslim faith. Out of political pragmatism, the Muslim leadership accepted them, and gave them the protected status of dhimmi. These protections were extended first to the Jews and the Christians, and then later to Zoroastrians, Hindus, and Buddhists. In Moorish Spain, under the rule of the Umayyad Caliphate, Muslims lived together peacefully with Christians and Jews. It wasn't until the Reconquista, when Catholic Christians reconquered Spain for the Catholic Chruch, that the peninsula knew the true horrors of religious intolerance, expressed by the Spanish Inquisition.Really the only people who'd have anything to fear from sharia rule would be Pagans like me, *we're* the ones that the Qur'an expressly says should be hunted down and killed. 

Nightmare on Bagby
Nightmare on Bagby

Makes me want to start a Wiccan K-12 private school just so I could get interesting letters from these nincompoops. To quote the Meathead "Archie, it's Christians like you that make me thank God I'm an athiest!"

Glen Mitchell
Glen Mitchell

uh another idiot atempting to quote a book they havent even read.  The koran is online, come on people do a search for the word infidel in the book.

I believe the best line in the koran is, "You will have your religion and I will have mine"

I am not muslim but I do at least attempt to read things to understand other people beliefs.

jed_c
jed_c

Sounds like the "Christians" are afraid, but then again, they always have been......

Mark Stout
Mark Stout

You should allow Muslims in your sports league because we won't turn you into a toad like the Wiccans. (Kudzu reference)

Rocco
Rocco

" the Koran tells you not to mix with (and even eliminate) the infidels. "   Their religion is not compatible with our culture nor our way of life. Period. You do your thing, we'll do ours. Keep your violent religion out of our culture. The Religion of Piece(s), Suicide bombers get to meet their God for killing the infidels. WE, AMERICANS, ARE THE INFIDELS!  Don't you get it?

Teri Pettit
Teri Pettit

The word (kafir) which gets translated as "infidel" or "disbeliever" in English versions of the Quran refers specifically to atheists and polytheists who actively oppose the monotheist God of the Bible, and seek to destroy belief in God. Those are the people Muslims are enjoined not to associate with.

Islam considers the Old and New Testaments to be part of their holy scriptures, with the Quran being a third part. In the Quran, Jews and Christians are called "People of the Book" (ahl-e-kitab), and it is against Islamic law to refer to a believing Jew or Christian as kafir.

So, unless TAPPS is a group that goes around trying to destroy belief in God, there is no conflict with Muslim beliefs in their academy joining the group.

Jesus Says
Jesus Says

So you, the almighty has declared The End.  Indeed they are a private organization, but not immune to the repercussions of their hate.  KKK can march down streets with permits, but do not expect concerned and honorable folks to sit idly as they do so. 

Jesus Says
Jesus Says

Horribly understated!  But I guess this is a family show.

Mike
Mike

Hey, you, David...you have a thing in your eye...

David
David

"Jizya" is a tax levied upon the unbeliever/infidel, also known as "dhimmi". In one enlightened Islamic society, when the Jews paid their annual tax, it was also required that they receive a slap in the face.

Slam1263
Slam1263

Dhimmi isn't a "protected" class any more than slaves were protected by their masters.

Do you really consider me, a non-muslim, to be your servant, or a servant to your religion?

Please come to me, and attempt to "protect" me in this manner.

swattz101
swattz101

Being a Mormon, I find this artilce a little funny.  I've been told a few times that I am not a christian and my christ is not the same one as their christ. (Didn't know I owned my own christ!?!).

In the idea that Muslims shouldn't interact with infidels, I thought that Jews weren't supposed to interact with Gentiles (except to take our money). Oh, that's a stereotype and we shouldn't do that? What is good for the Goose is good for the Gander.

Alkatib
Alkatib

Thank you for pointing that out.

Slam1263
Slam1263

9:110 The building which they built will never cease to be a misgiving in their hearts unless their hearts be torn to pieces. Allah is Knower, Wise.

You mean more like this passage. Do you understand this passage?

Mike
Mike

 The translation "infidel" has an interesting original meaning...and it's about as FAR from the "American understanding" as one can get."Infidel" does not mean "non-believer", it means "dis-believer".  specifically, the nomadic tribes that roamed the deserts around Mecca who ACTIVELY FOUGHT THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS that Islam was born from.  These Infidels were uneducated, moral-less, polytheistic bands of violent thieves and vagabonds who stole, burned and raped.  When the Koran says to raise a sword against the Infidels/Dis-believers, it means those forces trying to destroy culture and society, not those who "don't believe in Allah".

Huh...strange how that seems to be quite different than what most here think it means.

Christophla
Christophla

All in the name of Christian paranoia...

Skipdallas1
Skipdallas1

I guess it is too late for you Mark. They already turned you into a toad.

woodsy allen
woodsy allen

 If a crazy holy book were enough to hate an entire religion then you should check out the Old Testament and get back to me about the Jews

and before you say 'well they don't suicide bomb people,' yeah, neither do 99 percent of muslims

Guest
Guest

@Rocco do you know how much violence has been spread under the guise of christianity? Their religion is not compatible with our culture........What culture would that be I can remember the great state of Texas saying similar things about mexicans and blacks. As far as Violent religions go have you looked at what the catholics did all over the world.  Pope John XII had open love affairs. Urban VI tortured and murdered some of his cardinals. Innocent VIII proudly acknowledged his illegitimate children and heaped church riches upon them. Simony and nepotism were rampant. Most of those people in America who owned slaves were christians. The Ku Klux Clan is after all a christian organization. Hutaree was a Christian militia group based in Adrian, Michigan. In 2010, after an FBI agent infiltrated the group, nine of its members were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of seditious conspiracy to use of improvised explosive devices, teaching the use of explosive materials, and possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.

You may want to learn of what it is you comment on there are nuts in the christian and islamic faith but the core tenant of both religions ironically is peace.

Yalateef
Yalateef

 Rocco, the verse you are referring to has been taken out of context. The Quran contains some commandments for all time, and it also contains advice based on historical events.  This passage was revealed when the Romans and some Christian/Jewish tribes were attempting to destroy the newly founded religion. Subsequent passages clarify this point. ) "O ye who believe! take not those for friends who make a jest and sport of your religion from among those who were given the Book before you, and the disbelievers. and in a later passage [60:8] "There may be a time that Allah will bring about love between you and those of them with whom you are now at enmity; and Allah is All-Powerful; and Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful." These verses enjoin Muslims to be kind and generous towards others regardless of their religion, and that war is only permissible against hostile tribes who persecute Muslims on account of religious differences. In any case, remember that rather than creating differences, Islam teaches respect and acceptance of all prophets including Jesus and Moses, thus uniting us under one God.

Regarding the acts of violence that you site, these are politically motivated and have nothing to do with Islam...the Quran states "to kill one person unjustly is like killing all of mankind".   Muslims the world over have condemned these acts. In fact, over the past 100 years (and 500 years), Muslims who consist of 23% of the world's population have been responsible for less than 5% of the world's wars and genocides. That is a fact. If you choose to take passages out of context and ignore the facts, you can continue hating a large chunk of the world. That is your choice.

BTW, the Muslim students in Iowa interact with people of all faiths.

Tracy
Tracy

"Keep your violent religion out of our culture." Seriously?! Are you aware of all the war and violence that has committed in the name of Christianity? KKK members consider themselves, for goodness sake! As a Christian, I try to leave the judging to God. By the way, just as with Christianity, there are many different sects of Muslims, and not all of them believe in violence, just as not all Christians believe as the sect "Army of God."

HatesStupidity
HatesStupidity

Rocco, are you really as stupid as you sound?  Or are you just trying to fake us all out?

Jesus Says
Jesus Says

That number is more like 99.99999 percent to be fair.

Slam1263
Slam1263

Please tell me of your plans for dhimmi of the American public.

Slam1263
Slam1263

And hasn't the various Churches of the chirstian faith renounced that violence, hasn't everyone, but the Democrat party, renounced their affiliation with the KKK?

Haven't moderate muslim sects remained silent on the atrocities out of fear, from their own faith?

stray_bullett
stray_bullett

Ron Paul - registered republican 1970 - 1987; 1992 to present.  (See, minor technicality, you have to be a registered republican to run in republican primaries.  And THAT makes him a republican.)

The ObserverBy Hunter Walker 12/28/11 Ron Paul was a hot topic this week on the talk radio show hosted by prominent white supremacist Don Black and his son Derek. Mr. Black said he received Mr. Paul’s controversial newsletters when they were first published about two decades ago and described how the publications were perceived by members of the white supremacist movement. Former KKK Grand Wizard and Louisiana Congressman David Duke also phoned in to explain why he’s voting for Mr. Paul.“Everybody, all of us back in the 80′s and 90′s, felt Ron Paul was, you know, unusual in that he had actually been a Congressman, that he was one of us and now, of course, that he has this broad demographic–broad base of support,” Mr. Black said on his broadcast yesterday.Mr. Black is a former Klansman and member of the American Nazi Party who founded the “white nationalist” website Stormfront in 1995. He donated to Mr. Paul in 2007 and has been photographed with the candidate. Mr. Paul has vocal supporters in Stormfront’s online forum.Newsone by Casey Gane-McCalla December 30, 2011 While Ron Paul would like you to believe that his connections to white supremacy ended with his racist newsletters, he has actively courted the white supremacist movement well into the 21st century, which is evident due to his outreach to white supremacist radio programs.On February 18, 2001, Ron Paul appeared on “Radio Free America,” a show founded by Willis Carto, a neo-Nazi who founded the white supremacist group the National Alliance. “Radio Free America” is part of Carto’s “American Free Press,” which is labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

NY Times: By JIM RUTENBERG and SERGE F. KOVALESKIPublished: December 25, 2011 In May, Mr. Paul reiterated in an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC that he would not have voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawing segregation. He said that he supported its intent, but that parts of it violated his longstanding belief that government should not dictate how property owners behave. He has been featured in videos of the John Birch Society, which campaigned against the Civil Rights Act, warning, for instance, that the United Nations threatens American sovereignty.

I only had five minutes, so this was all I had time to post.  But I'm sure you already knew this.  And while he has disavowed the racist comments his newsletters of the 90's, he hasn't been able to explain who wrote them and how they got there.  And he has admitted that he probably knew about them at the time, he just "can't remeber the circumstances". (Meet the Press, on more than one occasion) 

Boomhauer929
Boomhauer929

Well just to set the record straight Ron Paul isn't a Republican. First I heard of him be affiliated with the klan. I'm sure you can back that statement up though, where did you hear that CNN or MSNBC?

Slam1263
Slam1263

Too bad they don't teach history in our schools anymore.

stray_bullett
stray_bullett

It's the republicans (like Ron Paul) who are still doing business with the KKK.  Nice try, but that was a fail.

Niazi3773
Niazi3773

"manifest destiny"...the wiping out of complete civilizations of aztecs, mayans, the enslavement of black people, the wiping out of heatenous american indians...all justified in the name of god...

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