Mar 17 2012
TEXAS State Senator will try to force the TAPPS private school association into letting in a Muslim school that they’ve already rejected
What don’t they understand about the term “private school association?” It’s private, not public and they don’t have to allow a bunch of Muslims into their school athletic association. Get it?
CHRON A Democratic state senator from Houston accused a Texas private school association of failing to recognize how its decisions may further discrimination and prejudice.
Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis addressed a letter to the director and board members of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, expressing concern about two recent controversies involving two schools for the Houston area.
The incident led to renewed criticism of the association for its decision to deny Houston’s Iman Academy membership in 2010, after grilling administrators about the Quran and the proposed mosque at Ground Zero in New York.
But Iman isn’t the only Islamic school TAPPS turned down. Iman and the others say the application process makes it pretty clear that Muslims are not welcome. (But of course you want to force yourselves on a place that doesn’t want your kind. And you wonder why people hate muslims?)
Several Islamic schools, including Iman, who applied for membership received questionnaires about Islam that were considered loaded and provocative by school administrators. The Chronicle obtained the e-mail, which included questions about whether Muslims believe the Bible is corrupt and about the “spread of Islam in America.”
In Ellis’ letter, he urged TAPPS officials to reconsider the guidelines and bylines to prevent the incidents that he said put TAPPS and the state in a negative light.
“For the second time in a week, the views and rules of your organization have clashed with the reality of a changing Texas and have put your organization center stage in the discussion of religious freedom and the best interest of our children,” Ellis wrote in the letter. “What I fear you fail to understand is the role athletics play in breaking down barriers and bridging the differences between peoples and cultures, and how your decisions can further prejudice and discrimination.”
TAPPS director Edd Burleson said he had no comment on the letter, except that he has contacted Ellis’ office and plans to meet with the state senator soon.
TAPPS is comprised of more 220 secular and parochial high schools in Texas that compete in sports and academics contests. “Our association ranges from very small to very large schools, and we have students from a large number of ethnic and religious backgrounds,” the statement read. (But they don’t want Muslims. And rightfully so)
Ellis sent a letter to TAPPS expressing his concern and suggesting that TAPPS is an embarrassment to Texas. (No, Ellis, YOU are the embarrassment) ‘Now is the time for your organization to put in place better and more open guidelines and bylaws to prevent further embarrassing and insensitive incidents that put both TAPPS and Texas in a negative light,’ Ellis wrote. (Hey, Ellis, haven’t you heard that in Arabic, the word for black is slave?)
And, he renewed his offer to host a lunch to figure out how to make everyone happy, but no word from TAPPS on the offer.
Since TAPPS is a private organization, Ellis has no public purse strings to pull, just a few cards to play, which may not be in anyone’s best interests.