The education department of the Texas Catholic Conference, which represents the 43 Catholic high schools in the state, has sent a strongly worded letter to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools criticizing it for biased treatment against Muslim and Jewish schools.
TAPPS has been under fire for refusing to reschedule a basketball playoff game that conflicted with a Jewish school's observance of the Sabbath, and for some incredibly dumb questions and treatment of a Muslim school that applied for membership.
"The stance of your organization in both of these instances strongly suggests that the philosophy and approach of TAPPS is not consistent with the tenets of our faith," wrote Margaret McGettrick, director of TCC's Education department. "Our response to the Gospel requires us to respect others and live a true sense of fair play. These actions, simply put, are not acceptable to us as Catholic Christian institutions."
She said her group had objected to TAPPS' treatment of Muslim schools as far back as January 2010, but had accepted TAPPS' assertion that "the rejection [of the schools] was primarily based upon the lack of comparable, competitive programming in the two schools in question."
She adds "[R]ecent allegations appear to indicate that the rejection of the Muslim schools may have had more to do with a bias against the faith traditions of those schools than the extent and sophistication of their athletic and extra-curricular programs, as you had indicated to us."
Here's the full letter:
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