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February 29th, 2012
05:07 PM ET

Faith and Basketball

You're going to see a story on Thursday's show involving a basketball team in Texas.  Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish school, is having its best basketball season ever.  But the semifinal game that the team made it to was originally scheduled for the Jewish Sabbath, a weekly religious observance, and the league initially refused to reschedule the game.

Tournament officials said the team knew about the game schedule when it signed up for the league - and that district rules state that any school that cannot follow the postseason schedule would have to forfeit.  So that's what Beren Academy had planned to do, rather than go against its beliefs to play on the Sabbath.

Update on this story: It was announced on March 1 that the game would be rescheduled so that Beren Academy could play in the semifinals.

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Kniep

    Wow, that really stinks for that team, but honestly, if I was a Jew on that team I would of agreed with the decision completely. It is important to stand of for your beliefs. I think it kind of stinks they couldn't reschedule when the whole team is Jewish. That's a lot different then a couple of kids just deciding that they didn't feel like playing that day.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Lamar

      How do you not re schedule the game? I feel really bad for that school, Beron isn't it. The school they were playing got real lucky.

      March 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Joey

      You need to be able to believe in your own faith. It is disrespectful to you and your faith. They should be able to reschedule because of their faith.

      March 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Jewele

      i think they did the right thing because religion is more important than some basketball game and you can always try agin next year

      March 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • Lillian

      You should rechedule the game if its for someones religion. How would you feel if someone messed with you religion and tradditions? i would rschedule a silly basket ball game for something as important reigion.

      March 5, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Nathan

      i think it is wrong to schedule a game on this day. the team should be able to reschedule and play another day i tottally agree with the team's decision

      March 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  2. Bobbee

    One interesting fact is that the league has made changes to the playoff schedules in the past to accommodate a Seventh-Day Adventist school so their soccer team could play on a day that was not their sabbath.

    February 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
  3. Andres

    I dont see whats wrong

    February 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  4. Madelyn

    They shouldn't have to forfeit. Rescheduling for this team (or any team) shouldn't be such a big deal.

    February 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  5. Antyna

    They should have made a new day for the game.

    February 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  6. Angel

    Well all people have some religous beliefs but others don't. I think people should alwas stick to what they belave. God, majic,or sometimes just plane nothen!!!! 😉 Have a grate day!!!! 😉

    February 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Shaqueeta

      You should go to school on the sabbath. God would love to understand what you write.

      March 2, 2012 at 8:28 am |
  7. Hannah

    Wow! They are passing up a great opertunity for an even better cause. IT must really take some guts to forfit like that. They should be really proud that they did the right thing! =)

    February 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  8. Allen

    No matter what the circumstances, a sports league should always look in to the religous aspect. That is not fair for any team because every team worked hard to be where they are at. So they should have rescheduled.

    February 29, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
  9. Kelly

    I think the league should let them rescedule. It's not thier fault they have a religious conflict.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  10. brandi

    That is so sad because they work so hard and cant go to the game and the judges wont reschedule the game. I know you work so hard, I wish you could go.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
  11. Natalie

    I think that it is okay that they did not want to play on the Sabbath. It is just like if you were a Catholic, you would not want to play on Christmas. That is just how they feel.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  12. AJ

    If they forfeit because there religion I"m fine with that it shows that they put religion before sports.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  13. Anyel

    I Think Its Good For There religion But Not For there record in Champs I Would Take It

    February 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  14. Paul

    If the school feels that it is right to forfeit and game because of their personal views, then that's fine. However, some I feel that competitive players on the other team might be a little bit upset simply because they didn't get to compete for the win.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  15. Jeremy

    I uderstand why they had to forfeit. Religion is something worth gving something up for. It is very sad though.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  16. DAVID

    i think its not fair because you should respect someones religion.I DONT THINK YOU EVER SEE people being mean to others religions so why should they do that after all the callenges they have come to get there.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  17. Alex

    This is a great example of how the school districts actually respect the cultures and believes of other people

    February 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  18. pilar

    i think they should do what ever they want to do. we are supposed to respect their religion. also its a free country

    February 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  19. taylor

    i think they should reschudle it because it a big day for some people

    February 29, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  20. rosie

    i agree

    February 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  21. Noah

    I think they did the right thing. I belive that you should put your belifs before your sports or other activity. Though they probably dreally wanted to put sports ahead i glad they didn't. You go team!

    February 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • anthony

      I agree

      March 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • madison

      i aggree with you.

      March 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  22. William

    I think that the tournament officials should have moved the game time. That is there religion. If the officials had a conflict with sports and a religous holiday they would change the time. Each team should be able to change the time of a game with the confict of religion.

    February 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  23. greenway

    I think that they should of reschedule the game.I think the team did good for forfeiting for a beliefs.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  24. Chidumebi

    The game officials should see its wrong because of religious reasons.They should see how it feels to be in the team's shoes

    February 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  25. Josh

    I think it's good that they are standing up for their beleifs and would rather practice their religeon then play sports but they did miss a good oportunity

    February 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
  26. Asjed

    They did a good thing because, you have to stand up for what you believe in. It is like if the Superbowl is on Christmas people like to stay comfortable so they'll do what is right and stay with family instead of going to the game. Even though it is impossible for the Superbowl to happen on Christmas day I'm just trying to make a
    point.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  27. Sam

    Come on change the date if they are that dedicated to their faith. What if your religion holiday was on the day. What would you do?!

    February 29, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  28. Maciej

    In my opinion, the tournament officials should postpone the game because I think it isn't fair to disqualify a team just because their religion interferes with the schedule. In some way it goes against the Freedom of Religion, because people are being discriminated because of their religion and what they think they can do.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  29. Sayan

    I think I would give up a game for my religion because religion is very important to me. However it also depends on the
    Person.
    .

    February 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  30. Chidumebi

    If the team wants to go to the Sabbath,they can go,no one will judge them.They should hope they go back next year (On a different scuedule that is).

    February 29, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Theresa

      Unfortunitly, they will probably never get the chance to play in the tournament because it will always be on Saturday. Unless they stand up for what they believe now. Nothing will ever change.

      March 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  31. Drew

    My life is based on basketball but since when have we been that rude?

    February 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  32. Bella

    If the league knows that the finals are on their holiday then they should change the date of the game.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  33. Joseph

    I think it's good although i'm not Jewish i would do the same.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  34. James

    I think that religious beliefs should come first because it is important to honor God. You can do other things but while you are doing it you can observe what you can do or what you can't do. Games can allways be rescedualed.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  35. Seunghwan

    I think Beren Academy's choice was not good.
    Although they had a religious beliefs, they had to have a match.
    The players endeavored much, and finally arrived at the semifinal. I think forfeit the postseason is same as spoiling the players' efforts.
    We have to think about the players' efforts, and that's my opinion.

    February 29, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Billy

      It might not be the same for you, but religion, for strong Jewish believers such as the player. Will always come before sports.

      March 2, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  36. Julietta

    I think its unfair not to change the time of the basketball game its there religion they should do the Sabbath and the game not to chose one that's not cool

    February 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
  37. Shelby

    I think that this is not fair. If it is your religious day you should cancell the game. Remember the seperation of church and state?

    February 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  38. Hugo

    i dont think thats fair

    February 29, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • anthony

      I think thats unfair too.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  39. anthony

    That is good for those kid living out there faith it is about time people show respect for there religion

    February 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
  40. austyn

    I think that they did the right thing by forfeiting because religion is more important than anything

    February 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  41. Daniel

    I think that the tournament officials should allow changes to the post-season schedule because not every school can clear any plans for the scheduled game and it leaves the school hanging on the edge with a difficult choice to make

    February 29, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  42. Koltin

    They should have the same schedule as us.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
  43. Dylan

    I think the officials should postpone the game for there religious beliefs

    February 29, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • anthony

      I know the kids are doing the right thing

      March 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  44. Jessie

    I think that it was an amazing thing for the school to forfeit the games for their religious beliefs since it shows how much they are dedicated and devoted to their religion.

    February 29, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  45. Christopher

    I think that this shows how much they belive in there religion by turning down a championship game to practice there religion

    March 1, 2012 at 12:15 am |
  46. Christopher

    I think this shows how much they believe in there religion and not attend there championship game because it was during a important time of there religion and even turn downed other games before because of there religion

    March 1, 2012 at 12:20 am |
  47. Camilla

    I think that faith is more important based on religion. Also because the sabbath is a day of rest and basket ball CAN be on a Saturday.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  48. Lucas

    I think this is fine since it is for religious purposes, and that can be very important to some people. Maybe they could just switch the Basketball Game to a different day instead.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:58 am |
  49. Asa

    i think its important to keep others happy, as long as it means you are happy

    March 1, 2012 at 2:40 am |
  50. Rebecca

    I think that it is good to follow religious beliefs, but it is a big honor to go to semi-finals. Not only is it good for the team's recreation status, but also good for recruiting. You can celebrate any holiday when you come back, but you can't redo a tournament.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:19 am |
  51. Evan

    If I belived in a religion so much and I had to go agensed, I would forfeit.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:12 am |
  52. Mark

    I think faith is a LOT more important than basketball.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:26 am |
  53. Spencer

    I think that's a bad idea because what if a tornado hit the schools.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:11 am |
  54. Surya

    First of all, it was rude that the tournament officials didn't resecdule the tournament because the U.S. is a country that lets anyone practice any religon they want,so since the team made it so far,I would personally move the date of the tournament. I also think that the Beren Academy did what they should have and stay with their religon.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:18 am |
  55. Ryan

    I believe this was a good idea. Because the university is Jewish the coaches and students must live up to that commitment to faith, because faith is the most importaint thing in the long run.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:27 am |
  56. abagail

    thats not right that the only two chooses that they the basketball had was to go agenst there religon or to quit the game thats like saying that if you mess you leg up you will get kicked of the baskeball team it some thing that is school had no controll over

    March 1, 2012 at 7:50 am |
  57. Simon

    If they think what they're doing is right, let them go ahead..... If to them religion is more important than basketball, then let them do what they want. I don't see anything wrong with it . Even though, they are having a good basketball season, I think it is their choice: Which comes first? Religion or Sports?

    March 1, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  58. Eric

    I think its great for the children, to be religous and have fun at the same time.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  59. Margo

    ...I think that if you enjoy a sport, it's not really work. I believe that if God does exist, he probably wants you to play and do a good job. Good luck, Beren Academy students!

    March 1, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  60. michael

    i would love to keep my religon. they have one smart basketball team. when can i join.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:50 am |
  61. michael

    religon is everything

    March 1, 2012 at 8:51 am |
  62. Jack

    I think that they should be able to rescedule the game because it is a religios belief. I think that is just wrong.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  63. Dylon

    I think that they sould let them reshcedule the game and let them have their religious holiday because that is just wrong.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:59 am |
  64. Danyelle

    They should reschedule the game because it is like on of their holidays so they should just play on another day!

    March 1, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  65. daneya

    ITS NOT FAIR THAT THEY HAVE TO FORFEIT THE GAME BECAUSE OF PEOPLE BELIEFS.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  66. Annika

    I think they should reschedule the basketball game because if they have religious beliefs, they could have it on another day

    March 1, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  67. nakiya

    i think they should play on any day they want because basketball is probably fun for them and they like it so thats why i think that they should reschedule instead of having basketball on their religious day

    March 1, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  68. HANNAH

    I think that's great! Everyone should stand up for their faith and I'm glad even devoted basketball teams are too. I don't see things like that all the time.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  69. sarah

    I believe it was good to forfeit a game for the lord. Especially if the game is scheduled on an actual day like the Jewish Sabbath. That shows that they really give time to their beliefs. if those players really like basketball they must appreciate what the lord did so they forfeit their game for him. Allthough I do think the tournament afficials should have reschuled the game.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  70. Blue

    It's amazing to see the character of that team, who is willing to give up a moment of "glory" because they want to uphold their values. I think that the board should appreciate that. Sadly, they knew what they were entering into, so nothing to do but hope for next year to be better.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  71. Jordan

    I think its great to follow your religion, but some people just want to do some thing that they find fun, such as basketball.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  72. Matt

    I think it was very concerning of the Beren basketball team because not only were they reconizing a very important event for them, they are willing to give up an amazing basketball opportunity for their school and community. Good for them.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  73. Ben

    I think that it they should just forget the game and go to the sabbeth. religion over sports

    March 1, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  74. Mariah

    My opinion is that they did the right thing. They didn't allow the pressure of this opportunity to make them decide against what they believe is right, that shows strength and courage. Congratulations to them and their faith.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  75. Tyler

    I belive that what there are doing is the right thing to do. It makes perfect sense.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  76. Austin

    This would be tough not to play in the state semi-finals but it is good that they are staying strong in there faith.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  77. Lake

    If the coaches and the players agree that their reilgion is more important than basketball then i dont see a problem. However, i think that the league could have done something to adjust to their religious pracices in order to still have the game.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  78. ehren

    I think that they should have forfeited the cuase religon is strong and when I say strong I mean it's really strong.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  79. bob

    I think that they did the right thing to decide that religion is more important than a sport.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  80. Ehren

    I think that they should forfeit because your religious beliefs should be taken seriously.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  81. Michael

    I think the situation went how it should have. They shouldn't be punished for their religious beliefs, but they also shouldn't expect everyone to plan around their belief.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  82. Robert

    Even though its the day of the "Sabbath", it doesnt mean they cant play basketball on that day, especialy when they are doing great.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  83. Scott

    I think they are right to stick to their beliefs and though it's a little depressing that they wouldn't win the championship they do show a strong sense of faith.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  84. Bestbe

    I think that it is great that schools are letting people of different faiths do basketball.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  85. Charis

    I respect them for keeping their faith, but there's no harm in making a one time thing.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:37 am |
  86. Omar

    In my opinion I think that it was good for them to follow there religious beliefs even if it was a basketball game. Yea it is a tough blow to forfeit a game like that but they did whats right.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  87. Kee'Yonna

    I Think They Should Have Went On And Played the game instead of forefiting it because if the team is the best they deserved tew play like ethe best & play in a game against someone esle not blow it off because of the jewish holiday ,

    March 1, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  88. Victoria

    I think that they should go to the game, and not just to win, change is good, this could just be another way to celebrate the Sabbath. Either way, there are going to be ALOT more Sabbaths for them to celebrate. Even if they do go, I dont think that it would be going against their religion.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  89. Raequan

    this blog is so crazy but i don't like basketball like that

    March 1, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  90. Charlotte

    I think it's kind of noble how the team is willing to put their religion before the game. I believe they did the right thing, considering their religion is something that will be important for the rest of their lives, while basketball is just a hobby or passion that probably won't last.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  91. Raequan

    They shouldn't fortified the game so you should not play basket ball again only on the streets you can play

    March 1, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  92. tyrik

    i think its not okay to skip the game because its like a one in a life time that you get to play a game

    March 1, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  93. Kemba

    I think that they should play because anybody can play. It's not like playing something that you're not supposed to. Basketball is for everybody.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  94. roberto

    i think that they should not play in the game because religiou comes first

    March 1, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  95. Roslyn

    i think it is ok that they did do that for there reglions believes <3<3 :0:P:):)

    March 1, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  96. quidajah

    They should let them play because they signed up for the lead.Why? Because you already knew the schdule and the religious beliefs.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  97. Troy

    I think it is ok for the team to forfiet the game. your religon is greater then your basketball game.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  98. Imani

    I think that it's not fiar for them to stop a game for their religous culture, if you singed up to play the game that's what you did

    March 1, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  99. vanessa

    i think its no far because why would they have to resedule the game ?!.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  100. Donneira

    I think its ok to not play the game if it goes against your religious beliefs !! If you have a religion it's only right to follow it . : ))

    March 1, 2012 at 11:25 am |
  101. Zeke

    Yes they should be able to skip if its religious because religion is way more important than a basketball game or practice but iIf you don't have a religion why not go to the game or practice!

    March 1, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  102. Kiarah

    I think that that can skip the game because if it is apart of their religion then no one sould judge them for it.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  103. danya

    yes they should play. if they signed up they should play. if they want to play they should play.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  104. travis

    i don't think it was fair for the jewish people not playing. It shouldn't matter who or where your from to play basketball. i think that they should of moved the state.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  105. zach

    i believe that if it is your religion you have to stick by it. and not ignore
    your beliefs because there will be consequences to the people who
    don't acknowledged.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  106. casiana

    I think what the basketball players are doing is very brave and risky. In the constitution it says we have freedom of religion, so what their doing isn't actually wrong or against the law. They shouldn't be scrutinized for taking a "DAY OFF".

    March 1, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  107. Krysta

    It is not fair for the Jewish students who want to feel like a normal teen. Then finally get to do something they have a passion for then can be able to be at their big game. There are also teens who want to go by their religion rules.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:32 am |
  108. Isaiah

    I think that this basketball team did the right thing in forfeiting the game. I mean they are trying to respect God and that is the right thing to do. I think the officials should reschedule the date but that is not what they want to do. The officials are the ones being Disrespectful.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  109. jesus :)

    they should of let them have more time because mabe the ather team wanted more time to !!!!

    March 1, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  110. martez

    i think that it is unfair that they will have to forfeit the game just because it was a schedule was messed up so i think that they should be able to reschedule the game so that they can play for the championship with out having to forfeit the game.

    March 1, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  111. Trey

    Religion over sports anyday. Religion is apart of yourself and your beliefs while basketball is just a hobby you have.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  112. Richard

    It is good the team is sticking to their convictions.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  113. Sole

    i like how the team would give up a important game because of there religious. God always come first. I think that the tournament officials should of been nicer and postpone of the game. Its only fair and nice

    March 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • zak

      I believe that sports should not get in the way of there religion.If it means to quite a simple turniment scedual that's what it means.

      March 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  114. Aixa

    If Beren Academy decides that they enjoy playing basketball more than their religion, they should follow their hearts and decided what they and their families agree to do. But if they can reschedule the game than that would work best.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  115. Shelby

    What happened to our Freedom of Religon? The League should change the day for the tournament, because everyone has a right to their religion, they should not have to forfeit, the team should be respected for their Religoius Day.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  116. crystal

    i think they should reschedule a game because they practice really hard to have a great season and should be able to play in championship game

    March 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  117. Marcos

    i don`t think they did the right thing, because not every one gets to play in the exciting championships

    March 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  118. Juan

    The rule is trash. If the officials knew, the team should get the day off or reschedule the game. If people pay hard earned money for a baseball game and it gets blown off because of the rain. The basketball game is free.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  119. Sole

    I like how the team would give up something very important like a basketball game because of their religious I believe that religious comes before sports. I also think that tournament officials should of been more respectful and postpone the game. Its not like its going to hurt them if they don't. They should be more respectful to the teams beliefs and god.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  120. Ellix

    religion is an important thing in most peoples life and they care cause its almost like a holiday for them and if they consisder it a holiday the basketball game should be reschedual it

    March 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
  121. Nina

    I think Beren Academy is doing a great job and I think the Jewish Sabath should try and work with the Basketball scedual, so that way the boys can do Basketball as well. ❤

    March 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
  122. CV

    Sports are played to teach daily lesson in life and this is one of those lessons. Many faithfull people realize that a true believer has to make sacrafices in order to show their commitment to their "GOD". Very proud of the coach and players for realizing this but at the same time a little disappointed in the tournament officials for not changing the schedule.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  123. Amie-Nicole

    Well honestly I would respect the matter that is their religion because at the same time, I need to obey the 10 commandments.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  124. Matt

    It is good to see there are schools & students who stand by their values/beliefs They have proven they are Champions by not sacrificing CHARACTER for REWARD. Bravo Gentlemen!

    March 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  125. Jacob

    I like how the team is like a pack and they stick together and give it all up.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  126. john

    they should have rescheduled its not there fault that the have jewish religions

    March 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  127. Dylan

    I dont get how it go against their religious beliefs

    March 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Matthew

      it is against their religion because the Jewish Sabbath is a day of rest, and playing a basketball game is not resting

      March 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  128. Nathan

    I think that if a team signed up for a tournament they should deal with the schedule and not complain. If they didn't like the schedule they shouldn't sign up.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  129. Corzo

    I think it's good they gave up the game for their religion. And plus most people think a religion is more important than a game.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  130. kyle

    i thing it wrong to forfet the game

    March 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  131. Sean

    I like how the basketball team gave up the game because basketball is a job and a sport. religion comes before sports its a right and what you believe in so i think what they did was good.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  132. Brooke

    I don't think it is fair because people where waiting and proububly very excited about the game and they cancled it.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  133. Ryan

    Its good that they are sticking together and nobody is backing down...

    March 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
    • Alicia

      True that 🙂

      March 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Alex

      Your right man. 🙂

      March 5, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  134. hennry

    I think that if you bilive hten you should do that

    March 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  135. Anthony

    I don't agree the basketball league they needed to realize the importance of the religions day. I am not even Jewish and i realize the importance of the religious holiday.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  136. Rylee

    I applaud the team for sticking to their religion. I think missing a game is less important than keeping your religion, it is was some people base their lives on. What I want to know is why would it be so difficult to change the date of the game?

    March 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  137. Ashley & Juliann

    We don't think they shoud put their sports over their religious beliefs. If we Americans don't put sports over our religious beliefs, then the Jewish shouldn't put their sports over their beliefs. They shouldnt be judged or bullied about their choice to forfiet the game on their holiday. If they are bullied, they should ignore it. They should enjoy their holiday, instead of participating in a sport that is not in their religion. The players should be able to go home and spend the holiday with their family, not on a basketball court. (")> =) GOOD LUCK TO THE TEAM!! =)

    March 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  138. Grant

    I think that that jewish school is doing a great thing showing there character. Even though they made it to the state semi-finals their going to respect and go with their religion.Life before a silly little game.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Frances

      I know right!

      March 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  139. Violeta

    i think they want to do the right thing. It is true religious goes first. God is first so if they forbide i will not worry

    March 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  140. Harrison

    It is a tough choice when it comes down to athletics and religious beliefs conflicting, though I think that Beren Academy made the right choice in forfeiting for their religious observance. When it comes down to being Orthodox in any religion, sticking to the tradition and/or beliefs of their religion is very important to them. So in situations like this one, the priorities of religion should come first and when the right decision is made, that is something I truly can respect.

    March 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  141. carlos

    I think they did the right thing, because they thought of religion which sometimes come only once. :l

    March 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Alicia

      True 😛

      March 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
    • sergio

      I belive you but it will mess with the kids and the coaches that worked there for the longest time

      March 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
      • Alex

        Im with sergio man. bastketball is a fun sport. and someone else said they should celerbrate by playing their sport. Basketball. 🙂 or 😦

        March 5, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • K'Alyssa

      I think it is wrong beause if you have to do your religion you better do it. You never want to go wrong by the religion or parents etc. we can go on for hours but you get my point. So if you did not I will say this you should know I would go with the Religion not championship. sorry to dissapoint u . well than good luck with show!
      Bye

      March 1, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  142. Spencer

    I think that is important to have faith in your religion and its not fair to put the game on the Sabbath the basketball administrators should find a way to have both

    March 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  143. Sparky

    They did the right thing and stood by their religious beliefs. Perhaps they should have rescheduled the game for another day? I'm not sure why the league is taking such a hard stance, why not just reschedule?

    Also, your broadcast had a mistake. You said that Joe Ayoob was a former NFL quarterback. In fact, he has never played in the NFL but was a member of the afl2 (Central Valley Coyotes and Tri-Cities Fever.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  144. Beda

    I think that they made the right choice. The coach might have not noticed that the dates fell together like that and when he did notice, he wanted to make sure the basketball team could go through with their religious. So I think that they made a great decision.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  145. Pink

    It is a tough choice when it comes down to athletics and religious beliefs conflicting, though I think that Beren Academy made the right choice in forfeiting for their religious observance. When it comes down to being Orthodox in any religion, sticking to the tradition and/or beliefs of their religion is very important to them. So in situations like this one, the priorities of religion should come first and when the right decision is made, that is something I truly can respect.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  146. Diana

    I believe they did the right thing because it's their belief so if they choose to forfeit well that's there decision.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  147. Hannah

    I think that they did a good thing. I think that people's faith and religion is more important then the sports you play. You always have the chance to play sports. When it comes to a religious holiday you celebrate that only comes once a year. So i think the school made a good choice.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  148. Vinnie

    I agree that they knew that the game was game was scheduled for that day and they should've known that. BUT I don't really see how it is such a big deal to reschedule one game. What if the game was on Christmas or something they would've rescheduled.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  149. Kenny

    I think that they should be allowed to stay home or play on the day because if i was a jew i would follow my religion 🙂

    March 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Alex

      good point but even though im not a jew also, it doesnt mean they cant play on the day of the Sabath.

      March 5, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  150. Alyssa

    i think that they should pick a different date because they have no control on what time and date that theirJewish holiday falls on.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  151. Mark

    I say that if the school forfeit because the basket ball game was on the Sabbath that is their choose and they made a good choose to not play at the basket ball game.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  152. Natalia

    I Think They Should Be Able To Play.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  153. Sasha

    In this case you just have to weigh your options and decide which you think is more important.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  154. Adam

    I think it is kinda silly that they had to for fit but at least they are sticking with there sticking but at least they are staying true with god.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Adam

      I think it is kinda silly that they have to for-fit the game but at least they are sticking with god.

      March 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  155. Future

    I think they have a right to because that is their religion and it only comes once they should be able to have the game switched thats like you having a game on Christmas Day you wouldn't want to be at a basketball game you would want to be with your family.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  156. Pearl

    I don't think it was fair of the league to deny the school the right to change the times of the game.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  157. Tyler

    I think since that is there type of school, and religious beliefs the school requires, they should reschedule the game .

    March 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  158. shane

    I think that that is not fair because if you had the best season ever and you had like an important job or if a family member had just died I mean wouldn't you want to reachedule one or the other, I know I would want to ask to change the date of the game too.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  159. Austin

    they should be able to do anything they want it shouldnt matter what religon they are so what they should do whats right

    March 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  160. Haley

    i think its a great idea to think about your religon before your sports...its good for kids to have sports but they need to think about there religon when they go to that school!!!

    March 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  161. coxy/haley

    they shoud do better and try hard

    March 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  162. Haylie

    I personally think that is a good choice that they are sticking up for with their religion, but they are passing up a good opportunity to win the championship. i play basketballl and i wouldn't have pasted that up!

    March 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  163. landon

    it is cool to see that thoese kids bleave so storng in there religion that they are willing to miss someing that is big in there basketball carrer

    March 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  164. Matt

    I agree that the the basketball team should skip their game to go to there religion because its there back round and they should go to participate.Also i agree because i think religion would always become before sports even if they advanced to the next round. Religon is who you are

    March 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  165. Will

    That really is s bummer because I love basketball very much. But, religious holidays are very important and should not be skipped because of a sport.

    March 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  166. Brant

    I think that it is a very ruff choice to show your religion around other people. Even in front of big crowds. But I don't think they shouldn't be able spend time with there family on the holiday.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  167. Samantha

    I'm so happy with the update on this story! I hope this school wins.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  168. Trent

    It goes both ways. Sunday is the Sabbath day, and is the one day of the week to worship God, but, by signing up for Basketball, the players made a comitment to play.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  169. jonathon

    i think it's fine that they forfeited because religious reasons

    March 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  170. Richard

    I think they made the right choice because everyone has their on beliefs.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  171. salvador

    i think it is not fair because everybody should be who they want to be

    March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  172. Devyn

    I think the Jewish kids did the right thing. It's bogus that they won't reschedule the game for them. But it proves how loyal they are to their religion.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  173. Santana

    I think they did the right thing because if I had to choose I would choose religion.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  174. SABAS

    The rule is trash. If the officials knew, the team should get the day off or reschedule the game. If people pay hard earned money for a baseball game and it gets blown off because of the rain. The basketball game is free. 🙂

    March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  175. Jonathon

    I think they did the right thing to stand up for there religious belief.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  176. jennasee

    i bealive that they did the right thing, because they thought of religion which sometimes come only once

    March 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  177. Abdias

    i think it not fare because they precutus for the game for nothng.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  178. John

    I think that they did a good thing since it was a holiday they shouldn't play

    March 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  179. Selena

    i think they should play because they are probably good players and make good shots on basketball

    March 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  180. Lexie

    I think that they should of just gone to the game and got it done and over with so they don't have to worry about why they didn't go to the game and the teachers would of know if they went or not and the teachers wouldn't care

    March 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  181. junior

    IT THE RIGHT THING TOO DO

    March 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  182. Alicia

    Hey, i thought thiss was pretty Cool about the basketball Faith i think thts wat its Called 😛

    March 1, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  183. Caty

    I honestly think that there should be no religious teams. It think this because what if there is a child in the world with no religion at all, how would they fit in on that team? Whatever happened to No Child Left Behind? Maybe i'm wrong but I know i hate being left out, i think everyone does.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  184. Frances

    The players chose to follow their religion over sports. I think that's a good idea because what if you had a sport activities on Easter, or Christmas? You'd choose to respect the holiday not just blow it off. I'd do what they did. Good job sticking up for your religion!

    March 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  185. Renee

    I think that the other sckool should team up with the faithful school so they can both get a diffrent schedule. every school should stick up for their own rights, including faith.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  186. Claire

    I think that both of the schools should team up and try for a defferent schedule

    March 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  187. Renee

    I think that two schools that got into the finals should team up and tell the ternament officals that the day should be swiched.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  188. Cody,Kaleb & Devin

    We think they should play.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  189. ashley

    that's good though that they rescheduled the game. we should take advatage that we're in a free country,most third-world countries have to believes in what the country believes in. I think it was okay that they stood up for what they believed, even if others don't think it's right.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  190. ricardo

    i agree with them because its part of their religion and they should respect their religion

    March 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  191. MICHAEL

    I disagree with the fact that they did not play in the tournament. I feel that they should of played in the tournament instead of taking a day off. It is cool that they have their beliefs but everyone had to miss out on the tournament.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  192. Elijah

    I think thats stupid how they chose to forfeit . They could just play for that one day .They gave up there chance to win a championship.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  193. james

    i think they did the right thing because i am a Jehovah's wittiness and i would of done the same thing if it came to my religon

    March 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  194. Zigon

    I feel that it was the right decision for them to make. If something in your religion states that you cannot do something on a certain day, you should follow that. What they did proves that they are an honest team since they are honest about what they should do. I also understand why the coordinators did not reschedule the game for awhile. It would be hard to since so many had planned to come and they would have to change their schedule! Luckily, they did change the date so that team can earn their rightful rank as well as stay true to their religion.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  195. alan

    I think that it is important to them and their religion. Also basketball or anyother sport is more important than their religion. I would of been happy for the free win though if i was on the other team.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  196. adam

    I think the team did the honorable thing and followed their religion and routine. The officials should have gave it a second thought.It is a bummer that the kids had to miss out on that event but maybe it will give them inspiration to win next year

    March 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  197. ricardo

    i agree with them its part of their religion and they should respect it

    March 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  198. Abby

    I think that this team did the right thing. Being an Orthodox school, they needed to follow their religon. I believe the game should have been postponed until a later date. The coach is to be respected for this tough decision.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  199. Abby

    For a pair of shoes? No way!!

    March 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  200. Caleb

    I think they did the right thing,because they did not go to the semifinals.The people that control the games should of rescheduler the game.And hi Mrs.Ratcliff.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  201. Hasley

    I honestly think that the tournament officials are being reasonable. They can't just reschedule the basketball game because of Jewish religion. You have to be thinking about the other team here. The other team probably won't agree with changing the date so, there will probably be even a bigger argument by that fact.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  202. Madison

    I think that the people who made the game on that day should have or should change it peoples lives are consantly changing and its not like theirs isn't changing all the time. I wouldn't ever play a game on a Sunday I would do what matters most.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  203. sebastian

    i think it was awsome to go to semi state but they worked so hard and got so far for nothing. that was a waste of time but its there religious beliefs is like thaat to fall on that day so i can not fight with that.so i would go to state but like that no.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  204. grace

    I think that this is a great example of how they care for there religion.

    March 1, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  205. Gordon

    This shouldn't have ever happened TAPPS should have worked it's schedule so Orthodox Jewish Schools like Beren Academy could compete in the tournament. It's unfortunate that courts had to get involved to sort this out, when it was such an easy solution for TAPPS in the beginning.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
  206. alyssa

    I believe in putting religion before anything else. Even though I am not Jewish, I think that it's a good thing that they are forfeiting the game for their religion. On the other hand, I think that the people over rescheduling it should definately reschedule the game in honor of their beliefs because they would want a game rescheduled if it messed with their beliefs.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  207. Katie

    I find it honorable that the team is willing to forfeit a game because of their religion. This really shows commitment to one's faith and isn't something you see every day.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  208. nathan

    i think that the school should have rescheduled the game because the students probably really wanted to play and they might have been able to win because you can't win if you don't play

    March 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  209. Alex

    Being Jewish I know that our religion is strict .... religion comes before sports it was smart of the league to move it back until this holiday is over

    March 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  210. Kaitlynne

    I think religes people should take sports over there faith because people take sports more serious. I also think that because on a religious day if they have a basketball,track,wrestling,football or vollyball game they should go out and have fun on that day.:) So get out there and have fun on the day of the sport!!!!;)

    March 1, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  211. Hannah

    Coming from a student at a Jewish Day School, I beleive that this is just plain unfair! Every person is entitled to their religion, and everyone should respect the traddition and customs of these religions. The Beren Academy has made the right decision by putting their religious beliefs first! Even though these sports players love basketball with a passion, what amazes me is they stay true to their religion. These athletes are true leaders to all athletes everywhere, being great leaders, that stay loyal to their religion.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  212. Kyle

    I may not be Jewish, but if the team cancelled their basketball game for their religious activities, it must be important! I believe they did the right by doing that. Even though the bailed out of the game, they stuck with their faith, which, in my opinion, is the right thing.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  213. Alleighea

    I think its great to show your faith but giving up the chamionship is kind of extreme. This oportunity only comes up everyonce and a while.If this is the player decision (the ones who earned it) its alright but if not thats sad.

    March 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  214. Madison

    I respect that there trying to follow there religion but they knew it was on that day so I geuss its there fult!!!:)

    March 1, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  215. Alex

    I think it is amazing that people still stick up for their religion, yah sports are fun but I think you should never give up your religion for a game.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
  216. rosa

    i think it was the right thing to do because it is the true that your religious goes frist.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
  217. edith

    i think it is the right thing,you start getting good at baseketball and your religion does come first .

    March 1, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  218. Dan

    I think they did the right thing. Religion is so important with God. God want us to believe on his word on Sunday, he doesn't want to play or work then its a sin. It says in Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his creation he made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he made. So I think made the right decision.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  219. Ethan

    We have the freedom of religion so we should worship our faith instead of playing a tournament for credit. Would you rather get credit for winning or follow your religion?

    March 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  220. Slone

    I think that the team did the right thing to respect their religious beliefs. I mean that be like someone asking us to play basket ball on Christmas or Easter

    March 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  221. sergio

    I can under stand that they are following there religens but if they have to do that every year it will take them away from winning the regions and good scollerships

    March 1, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  222. Josh

    I think their decision was right and I respect that. It is hard to decide on something that you believe in and something that you would really like to do. I like the way they honor their religion and I feel that was admirable. I am impressed that the school chose religion over athletics because that is a hard thing to do.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  223. dani

    i think that it's sad that the players cant play because of their religon, but because they're not it shows devotion and that they strongly belive in their religon

    March 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  224. ashko

    Coming from a kid that is in a Jewish private school i don't think its right for TAPPS to so this. My basketball only plays Jewish schools so therefor we don't play on the sabbath. But this team who worked so hard to get where they are at now have to quit because they won't change the game so they can keep their religion? If i were the commissioner I would change the date and LET THEM PLAY!

    March 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  225. Megan

    Religion matters more than sports. The sports we play are just hobbies. Our religion is our way of life. The high school did the right thing by forfieting the tournament. I wish the tournament officials would make an effort to reschedule the tournament. Scedule or no schedule, the team deserved to compete in the tournament.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  226. Matt

    I think it's wrong that the league won't reschedule the game, because the Constitution's 1st amendent garuntees freedom of religion and they asked for a re-schedule because of their religion so they should re-schedule the game

    March 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Matt

      i ment to say should've re-scheduled

      March 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  227. James

    I myself am jewish, and admire the choice the team made.they could have won and advanced, but a religion is a religion, and it should be followed.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  228. Catherine

    I totally agree with the Jewish basketball team because, of course religion comes before a lot of things and basketball games are most likely one of them. And after all, they made the right choice of not going against their religion!

    March 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  229. Thomas

    I think they did the right thing because religion is more important than sports

    March 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  230. Andrew

    People should take their faith very seriously, as you can see the Beren Academy does take their religion very seriously as they should I believe they made the right choice to follow their religion.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  231. Alexis

    I am happy that they chose their religion over basketball. If I had to choose from going to church or going to play a basketball game I would choose church any day. I think church is very important.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  232. Daynielle

    I think that it is good that they thought of their religion. If playing goes against your religion, I wouldnt play. It is good to see there are schools & students who stand by their religion. They have proven they are Champions by not loosing their CHARACTER for REWARD.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  233. Hank

    I would not do the basketball game because I would care about my religon more than a championship titile. Its like playing a baseball game on chistmas eve.

    March 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  234. Franklin

    The team made the right choice in forfeiting the game for their religion. A game is just a game, but your religion and sticks with you forever

    March 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
  235. EJ

    If you are Jewish then I think you should stick with your religion. It is very hard to choose between religion and sport but Jewish people are Jewish and the religion is what makes them a Jewish. Beron Academy made the right choice to rescedule the game.
    You should respect their religion.
    You shouldn't invade their rights to belive whatever they want to.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  236. Matteo

    Basketball games come around every week for many weeks every year. Important religious days come only once a year. The boys made the right choice in giving up their game for something much more important to them. If the team is really religious, the guilt of having missed an important holiday would have stuck with them much longer than the upset feeling of missing a game.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  237. Allison

    Our choices decide who we are. The fact that the basketball team gave up an important game and stayed faithful to their religion shows that they have a strong character, and character is much more important than winning a basketball game.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  238. Cameron

    I agree with their decision to forfeit the game. Your religion is more important than a basketball game. Your religion is something that you participate in every day while a basketball game is an single event.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
  239. Jonathan

    This game could have potentially given someone a great opportunity in life, denying them that is something that you must be very set with your religion to do.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  240. Adele

    I think that the Beren Academy basketball team did the right thing by not playing in the game. You should always believe in what you think is right and this team chose the option that they believed in.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  241. Sierra

    I think that they kinda did the right thing, because religion might be something that comes first in some cultures. While in other cases the basketball tournament may only come once in a lifetime and how could you pass up a once in a lifetime oppurtunity.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  242. Chris

    I think that that high school will win the game

    March 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
  243. Annabella

    i think that was right decision. its really good to stand up for what you bellieve in and for them that is obviously their religion! i completley agree with them and if i was ever in that situation i would be happy to give up 1 game for my beliefs.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  244. Hannah

    I think that it is totally unfair, and that the game should be resheduled.

    March 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  245. Derriana

    I think they did the right thing because they went with their religion and its good to watch out for your religion and do the right thing for it. 🙂

    March 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  246. Sabrina

    I think that they should forfeit the game, because their religion comes first. There will always be another game.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
  247. Susie

    I think they need to stick with what they believe in because that gets them pretty far, but just remember follow what you believe in it will get you far (:

    March 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  248. Ernie

    i think they should reshedule it because religion is religion and you can`t do any thing about it.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  249. Quinton

    I think that the matter of the leauge not letting the team play on the determined date goes against our first ammendmant right(The right to practice religon freely). How can they practice their religon when a league is making it virtually impossible to do so and play thier game?

    March 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  250. Izzy

    That was the right thing to do since they are truthful to their religion. I think tradition comes before sports.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
  251. Bradley

    I think that they should change the date of the game, so the players can do what they need to do that day.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  252. Koltin

    That shows how much they love there religion and belief in their god they took the sacrifice of forfeiting and I think that's the right thing to do

    March 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
  253. Christian

    I to face sports interfering with religion so that is why I do not play sports that practice/play on saturday. Even if he agreed to play basketball, my coach for cross-country let me skip some meets on saturdays.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  254. Nick

    I strongly admire these people, and even though I'm not a Jew myself, I think that people of all religions- be they Christians, Muslims, Hindus, etc.- should all stand up for their beliefs without worrying about what people will think of them ( such as how Christians and Muslims should stand up for their beliefs against homosexuality and same-sex marriage, how they should stand up for their thoughts on abortion, and so forth.) Its really inspiring to see these people expressing their beliefs like this.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
  255. Ben

    Even though Beren Academy knew about the date of the game before they signed up for the league, the game should still be rescheduled. Tournament officials should respect the students' religious beliefs and give then the oppurtunity to play in the tournament. They shouldn't make them choice one or the other.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  256. nikhil

    They should change it because religion should come above everything, but they shouldn't have waited until the last minute

    March 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  257. Madyson

    This is a not a very tough decision religion should come before anything.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  258. Noah

    I think they did the right thing. They stood up for what they beilive and thats what makes them a winner.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  259. Miguel

    Honestly, I feel bad for them. I think the state should of rescheduled the game because it's not fair to just GIVE the game to the other team just because of religious beliefs. I play basketball and I would've been mad to if they done the same thing. Especially, if it was a big game like the semi-finals.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
  260. Joey

    It's stinks that they had to initially forfeit, but because the whole team is Jewish, I believe that the league should have realized that this is an important religious event, and they should respect this. My question is if it would have been Ash Wednesday or Good Friday for Catholics, would it have turned out the same. It's good that they had the chance to play in the semifinals though.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  261. Diego

    When I played soccer in 3rd grade, we always played on Sunday and Saturday.
    I feel like they should play at their prepared scheduled.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  262. Daniel

    For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20). When the team gathers for their game, they can play to stand up for their faith. The team does not have to go to a church to observe Sabbath. They just have to gather as a team for be faithful.

    March 1, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
  263. Lauryn

    it is great that they are standing up for there faith,i go to a religiouse school myself and no one would ever do this. it is great to finally see a people stand up for their beliefs

    March 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  264. Carolyn

    I feel that the game should be postponed to a later date. the religion of these young boys comes before playing a game of basketball.They are doing to right thing by for-fitting the game, but they shouldn't have to. The league should see the fact that just like you don't make a game on Thanks Giving so to not on a jewish holiday.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  265. Matthew

    In my opinion, religion should come first. Sports are only entertainment while religion is what you believe in throughout your life. if you would prefer sorts over religion, you probably don't wholly believe in your religion, whether it be Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, etc.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  266. Carolyn

    I feel that the game should be postponed to a later date. the religion of these young boys comes before playing a game of basketball.They are doing to right thing by for-fitting the game, but they shouldn't have to.The league should see the fact that just like you don't make a game on Thanks Giving so to not on a jewish holiday.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  267. Cameron

    Im sure they would understand better and postpone the game if they stuck with what they believed in like the Jewish Academy, its hard for some people to do what they did.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  268. Jeremy

    I go to a Jewish school in Farmington Hills, Michigan. We've never had those kinds of conflicts for our team – maybe because we're only a middle school basketball team, but we make sure that those things never come up. Anyways, I think that they did the right thing out of respect for their religion and I would look up to them because they show a unique passion for Judaism rather than playing basketball, even for a state championship.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  269. allie

    i think its right because it is part of there religion and there believe.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
  270. Tika

    I think it was the right thing to do, it shows that people care about what they believe in is more important then other things. But I agree, it was a bummer

    March 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  271. Safia

    I think its great they are representing there religious and give them props for doing that. And what really surprising is that group of boy are saying "No" for a sport and there religion came first for once. Proud!!!

    March 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
  272. jaden

    i think they did the right thing because if i were them i would forfit too

    March 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  273. Kate

    If they knew that the game wasn't going to be changed then they shouldn't have played that season. It was their own fault. Just because they have a religion doesn't mean that it has to take over other priorities.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
  274. Albert

    Everyone knows about the faith that the Jews hold. I think that sports should yield...

    March 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
  275. Rob

    It's good that they rescheduled the game. Their devotion to their God was deserving of having a chance at the championship. GO 76ERS!!!

    March 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
  276. Miguel

    i think that they should keep on the time because they work really hard in practicies and games

    March 2, 2012 at 3:30 am |
  277. Emily

    thats so not fair because that their religion and they shouldn't have to forfeit

    March 2, 2012 at 6:26 am |
  278. Erin

    I would just go and play the game. I mean. You have a whole life to do religious things. And how many times are you going to be able to go that far in Basketball?

    March 2, 2012 at 7:37 am |
  279. Ashlyn

    It's tough to choose a sport you really love over religious faith. It takes a lot to choose faith instead of a sport. I know I'd rather forfeit a game then go against religious traditions.

    March 2, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  280. Anna

    This did the right thing, they stuck up for what they believed in.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:09 am |
  281. Makayla

    I think that they should rescuable and play the game because they wonted to play any ways so they should just do as planed.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  282. Alyssa

    I think if you believe in your religion so much it should come first. Don't do the games do what is right for you and your religion

    March 2, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  283. Bri

    I think it was the right choice to reschedule the game for there religion . Sticking to belief's is important

    March 2, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  284. andrew

    my parents think that religious evens are more important but i would rather play the basketball and that game is very important

    March 2, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  285. Olivia

    I think they did the right thing in honoring their religion and the tournament should be rescheduled so that its fair. they made it that far they should still get to play.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  286. Zack

    They should just reschedule the whole thing. Basketball is just a sport. Religion is extremely important for daily life.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  287. Ashley

    How important is basketball compared to their region?

    March 2, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  288. andrew

    my parents think that religious evens are more important but i would rather play the basketball and that game is very important.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  289. Hunter

    I Think that they should reschedule it so that they have a chance so its fair because that they need to cherish their belief.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  290. Trevor

    I think it is okay to play a basketball game on the Sabbath, especially since it is a semi-final game on their best season ever. I think this because for one it is not an all day thing. I think cancelling the game is a good decision but they should really think about it.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  291. Andy

    I think that the team should not have singed up if they knew that the semi finale game was on a religion holiday

    March 2, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  292. Megan

    I think that the team was right to forfeit the game. Religion is much more important in our daily lives than a game of basketball, and they knew that it wasn't right to play the game during the Sabbath.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  293. Ryan

    They should have to forfeit because there might be people from another country to come play in that tournament. They wont change a whole entire tournament for just one little team. They will have to deal with it

    March 2, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  294. Chantell

    They reschedule and i think it's the right thing and it's apart life and and be great in basketball and stand up for beliefs and be great all the time. Believe in their selfs and stand up.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  295. Jason

    Beliefs before basketball any day. The team did the right thing by following their religion. Their religion is more important than a basketball game. The game should be rescheduled its just like our religions. They should just reschedule the game

    March 2, 2012 at 9:14 am |
  296. riardo

    i agree with them because its part of their religion and they should respect it

    March 2, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  297. sameer

    i think god is first because with out him your athletic ability means nothing is should be the most important person in your life

    March 2, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  298. ricardo

    i agree with them because its part of their religion and they should respect it

    March 2, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  299. gioanni

    I agree whith it becauce a lot of peolp play baskball so y can thay play baskball it does not mater if the season lis come ing.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:44 am |
  300. Michael

    the basketball team was right to put their religion before some sport

    March 2, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  301. Theresa

    I Honestly Belive that the game should be able too reschedule because i believe if it were anyone elso they would wantit done .

    March 2, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  302. Talya

    I think they made the right choice, putting religion before other parts of their life. Religion is something that you either believe in 100%, or you don't believe at all. If you don't put religion first, then you can't say that you truly believe, can you?

    March 2, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  303. Evan

    I do not believe in religion but I can respect their discipline.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  304. Bailey

    Life some times makes you choose between two things and this school stayed true to themselves and their religion. It's good to know that even kids put faith ahead of other things.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  305. Emma

    I think that not going to the game, was a good thing. It showed that they were committed and willing to give up something they love for religious reasons. I also think it was a good thing that the game was rescheduled because it shows that the other team respects their faith.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  306. Mitchel

    I believe that you have to stick to what you believe in but you can't just say "sorry we are taking a break today" (no offense to any body) you don't always get what you want.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  307. Morgan

    Even though being religious is Important I feel that they should have figured the schedule before they signed up. Then changing the schedule because of that is wrong they. My question is would they do that for a small town or just that none? Because they should if they do it for one team.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  308. Abigail

    I believe that overall religion comes first. Even though basketball makes personality, believing in something and following it (like this religion) will eventually make you a better person.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  309. Noel

    I believe that it's great that they stuck to their beliefs and themselves. It really shows that they are devoted to their religion and their God. Even though they love their sport, their God comes first, so I think they did the right thing.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  310. Haley

    I believe they have done the right choice it takes true belief to do that strong of a decission. I am. Dry proud and touched to hear that they quit there tournament for a different day brcause of the great God.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  311. Cassie

    I belive that the team did the right thing because, their religious chose is more important than a basketball game you can have tons of basketball games but only one time to have their religion?

    March 2, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  312. Bre

    I think that if they are that religious then they did the right thing. I am also a basketball player so if it was on the sabbath and it was that big of a game I would have probably played basketball. I'm not saying they are wrong for saying no, but that is what I would do.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  313. Avrie

    I believe they made the wisest decision in initially choosing not to compete. They realized that their religion was something much more important then their hobbies. It's good to be faithful to your religion all the time and not just sometimes. Because they made the right decision, no matter what happens they should feel good about themselves.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  314. Kaleb

    Sure, basketball may be fun but religion is much more important than a sport or a tournament. Saying a sport is more important than religion is like saying pudding is more important than a life.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  315. Kegan

    I think they should reschedule the game because basketball is not importment, but school is.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  316. Austin

    Im glad that the basketball players did not play that game because sports are something we just do for entertainmen but religion is something we have to comite to for all of are life.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:58 am |
  317. Rose

    I believe that the team made the right choice. Every person has the right to make their own decisons, and if this is what they truly believe, then their choice should be respected. Backing out is one way that they can show that they are faithfull and not disregarding the rules for a game simply for entertainment.

    March 2, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  318. Cheyenne

    What happened to freedom of religion?!? I'm sure many people are proud of the team beliveing that they would give up a chance at a state basketball championship to celebrate their religion. Just think if it was someone's funeral. Would you go or play the game?!

    March 2, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  319. Karlee

    When it comes to religion and hobbys It always seem as if to ropes are tied to my legs but what the orthidox did I think it was a great decision and hopefully more people can stand up for what they believe just like them.I believe that Religion should come before sports anytime and probably would have given my say to my coach about the game on the sabbath days.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  320. Tyler

    I think that religion is much more important than sports because you can always reschedule or play a sport another time when religion is only once in a while.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:03 am |
  321. Tom

    Some Jewish people on the Sabbath day do NOTHING and I mean NOTHING there not even aloud to ride a bike! there doing the right thing.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  322. Cole

    I believe that thet makes sense, not celebrating a jewish holiday because of a basketball game would make them feel very guilty.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  323. larisa

    they did the right thing for god

    March 2, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  324. Jennifer

    I think they did the right thing, Religion is a important thing in life and basketball is just a hobby. Religion should come before any hobby.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  325. Jake

    I think that faith is more important then sports. The tournament officials should respect peoples religion and rescheduled the game. I think that it was very courageous to not play a basketball game and instead follow your faith.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  326. jordon

    I think think that they did the right thing by following there beliefs, But that is no reason to quit a basketball game. I mean it could have been just a one time thing and its not really that bad of a thing!

    March 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  327. James

    I believe what the team did was right, it is their belief, and their way of life. Faith should be valued much more than sports, especially for a Jewish school. They followed their beliefs and planned to forfeit the game, which is what I would've done

    March 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  328. alex

    I think they made a good choice because religion stays with you your entire life and basketball is just a hobby that you have a choice wether or not you want to do it and doesn't stay with you your entire life.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  329. Allie

    I think the team should have played. It's not like they can't do the Sabbath thing after the game! God will forgive them.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  330. GRIFFIN

    I think that religion should come first. I dont think that it is fair that they had to forfeit the game to go to their religion Sabbath.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  331. Alec

    I think if they singed up they should suck up and do the basket ball tournament because they are quilters if they don't religion smidgin

    the religous holiday hapens every year basket ball dosent

    March 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  332. Anthony

    This is not really that important, Im pretty sure out of the hundreds of schools in the US have these problems every day, and just because its a religious school doesn't make it any better or more important than any other school

    March 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  333. Jaret

    I think that the team should follow their religion and that the league should be courteous to them and re-schedule the game so that it doesn't conflict with the school's religious beliefs.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  334. Billy

    I think that they should have went to the basketball game because the semi-finals could be the best great moments in their life because it might not happen a gain but the sabbath will be again unlike that one shot for the big times!

    March 2, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  335. Grant

    I think that religion should always go first, you shouldn't pick basketball over religion. I do understand that the tournament is a one and only thing for them but the sabbath is what people did for hundreds of years and you shouldn't stop doing that.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:41 am |
  336. Aubrey :)

    I think they should have let them reschedule the game. It's just like if you had to go to a game on christmas. Out of common sense everyone would probably choose to be home with their families. So, the basketball team should stay home with their families.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  337. Gretchen

    I think they did the right thing because if it is a religious holiday they should not go against God and play in the game. I believe that religion is more important than sports.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  338. Ashley

    I think they did the right thing because religion holiday's are more important then a sport. But a big game like that is really important too!

    March 2, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  339. Spencer

    It is great how a team will just forfeit a game so they can participate in their religion, many people commit ed to a religion than their sport because a religion makes up who you are and what you believe in, because sports are just a hobby, not something important like religion.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  340. Cody

    I think it is good that they cancelled the game because you should always put religion before basketball.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  341. Alyssa

    I think they should forfeit, religion is better than playing a sport for fun.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  342. Maggie

    I think Beren Academy made the right choice. If you have to choose between between basketball and religion, choose religion any day. Your religion is something you will have forever – it's a part of you – whereas basket ball is just a sport.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  343. Brandon

    I think that they should forfeit the game and do their weekly religion because basketball is just a hobby and to a lot of people religion is a lot more than anything.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  344. Dillon

    That teams sacrifice wasn't that bad but, due to it being for their religion the sacrifice was worth it because someone's religion or God isn't as important as losing some hobby game, their religion iso important to them and they gave up that game for their religion which is a very good thing to do for your God or Gods.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  345. Jessica

    I think that religion should always come first! I don't think they should be forced to play! I think they should get to decide what they want to do

    March 2, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  346. CB

    I think that they should post pone the game for a diferent date,peoples religion is everything. They should not be forced to play because of there religion.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  347. Harley

    I think they did the right thing by turning it down, but they knew the scheduled dates and should have been prepared to ask for a new date ahead of time. For the players it's a very important thing and you shouldn't be able to take it away from them because it's on the wrong day. They looked forward to it for too long.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  348. Chris

    I think it was a good choice by following their religion, but they still should have fun and be able to the game.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  349. Helen

    I think they did the right thing even if that means giving up something you love like basketball. Also religion is very important and will always be with you even after basketball is over and done with. They should have known that the game was set for that day but either way they did the right thing.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  350. Nicholas

    I think the team did the right thing. Religion is more important than a backetball game. I am glad to see that the team stade with their discission to show the rest of the world what they did and hopfuly if is happen to someone else so they do the right thing.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  351. Rebecca

    Yes, faith and religion is important, but missing what could be you one chance to win a state title? The basketball players could practice the religion on a different day. The basketball game could be their one and only chance.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  352. Alexis

    I think the team did the right thing, and not go against thier religion. You should belivie in what you think, and basketball is just a sport, and is not as important as what you belivie in.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  353. Stephanie

    Their religion is always going to be an important part of their life, and I think they made the right decision by having that come before a sport like basketball. They shouldn't be forced to go to a game and skip their religion just because that's what their schedule says.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  354. Sierra

    I think that what the team did shows that they are very faithful. That shows what a team can do for a religion. If I were them I would do the same thing. They should not be forced to play because of their religion. Even though sports are fun to play reliogion over rules it all.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  355. Emily

    I'm a b-baller too, so I know how it feels to either forfeit, or miss a game. I know how hard it is for them, so I believe they did the right thing! Good Luck in the future.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  356. Harold

    I think that religion is more important than sports because entire lifestyles are formed around religion. Not Basketball.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  357. Z

    I don't think they should do that because of their religion. But religion comes first and that is all there is to it.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  358. Zane

    I don't think it's fair that they should cancel the game because probably so many people were excited to watch it.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  359. Brandon

    I think that the game should have been moved some people where looking forward for the game.

    March 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  360. giovanni

    I think that they souled keep on play a lot of peoelp like play it .It dose not mater

    March 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  361. Gabby

    I think the Beren Academy made the best decision for foreiting the game. But, I think the basketball association should've let them play since they made it that far in the tournament. But since the rules state that there are no exceptions there's nothing really that you can do. But religion is very sacred to them so I stand by their side in this decision.

    March 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
  362. Ryan

    When you make a comitment to a sport such as basketaball, you have to keep that comitment. You can't let a religion stand in your way.

    March 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  363. madison

    I think that the madde the right choice in thinking in God first and not basketball.

    March 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  364. Libby

    Its good for people to stand up for what they believe in. No one should be forced to do something that they think is wrong.

    March 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
  365. LJ

    The leage should have moved the game to another date. For a team to come that far and get turned down by their religion, does not show good "sportsmanship" from the league.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
  366. ashley

    i think it is good that they keep to there faith. it is importan to them. they should just movie the game to a different day and go with it. this may mean nothing to you people but is means something to me ans them. you can dissugree with me but that wont chang a thing a say. i also like to make a shout out to all my friends and class mates at cornodow elmentery. GO COYOTES!!!!

    March 3, 2012 at 2:05 am |
  367. Alyssa

    they should forfeit, religion is more important than a fun game of basket ball.

    March 3, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  368. KAT

    I think religon is more important than just one basketball game i mean would you rather go to a football game on sunday than go to church?

    March 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  369. Landon

    They had no idea they would do so good the knew that if the did the would have to forefit. So anyway you look at it the knew the consequenses the accespted and the had to forefit. There is no gain without loss

    March 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  370. Gwen

    Religion is very important. Basketball may only be for a small amount of time, while religion is forever. They are sticking up for what they belive in, which I think is the right thing to do.

    March 3, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  371. Thamara

    i think it is the right choice to follow your own religion and still do something you love to do

    March 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  372. ashley

    I think that they made the right choice to stick to their religion, but I am so happy they rescheduled it because

    March 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  373. Joss

    I think they made the right choise.No sport is worth braking your religion.

    March 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  374. Tiandra

    I think the Jewish kids should go to their Jewish Sabbath celebration. Basketball is just a hobby, nothing important. If I was stuck in this situation I would go to the Sabbath. They would have plenty more basketball games to play in. It's like choosing between going to your mother's funeral, which would probably only happen once in a lifetime, or going to see a movie with your friends, which you can do any other day.

    March 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  375. Natalie

    The other school should have respected the religious beliefs and rescheduled the games. They have to think about what they would do if they were in Beron's team's situation. Beron should be proud for having being loyal to their beliefs.

    March 4, 2012 at 12:26 am |
  376. donold

    I think that is a thought choice when it comes to sports and athletics and religion cross paths to select.

    March 4, 2012 at 3:47 am |
  377. Brian

    I also think it was a hard choice, the people or students of Beren Academy has rights. They should be able to do what every they want with the schedules.

    March 4, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • Sais

      I totally agree with you!! Why not them??? Do you have rights? Then they hould also!!

      March 4, 2012 at 7:49 am |
  378. Hana

    I think that the game should wait, your beliefs come before a game.

    March 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
  379. Julian

    I think the game should have been rescheduled. Everyone should respect the religion of others. Without that respect, you aren't treating people equally.

    March 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  380. ashtin

    I think it is.wonderful they respect their religion enough to give up their game. It shows what wonderful students America has that do not get recognition everyday.

    March 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  381. Brooke

    I think that the school should have just rescheduled the game. I find it very idiotic that it is a Jewish school yet they scheduled a game for one of their holy days! People should feel like they can stand up for their religion and beliefs no matter if that means getting kicked off of a team or missing a game.

    March 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  382. Jonah

    I think that religious beliefs comes frist... But they can ask to make it a differnt day

    March 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  383. Geroge

    I think they should put religon before basketball becuase thier religon comes first

    March 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  384. Adam

    I believe that the officials should consider a school religious beliefs before creating a schedule for a league. Because of some peoples religious beliefs, they aren't allowed to play on certain days, or holidays.

    March 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  385. kaitlyn

    I would stay outside for some thing that you really need not things that come and go! like the i phone and the i pad. plus i can stand outside for hours even days cuz im Alaskan!

    March 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  386. Peyton

    i think it is important to follow your own religion and just do what you like to do and what you love and never give up for.

    March 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  387. Cale

    Athletes and coaches have to put things in order of importance when they compete. From faith to family to school to the team, they have to figure out what their priorities are so when times like this come, they know what is more important. Obviously this team knew it was faith that came first and they probably knew that before the season started. I like the integrity of the team and the coaches. I also really disapprove of the league not initially trying to reschedule the tournament for the team, not only for the team’s good, but for the sport’s and the spectator’s good, because they were obviously one of the best teams in the league. At the same time, sometimes you can’t please everyone and the show has to go on regardless. I’m glad it all worked out for the team though and they got the opportunity to compete.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  388. Peyton

    I think that the religion is important and you should do what you love.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  389. myra

    I am glad that they changed it because faith is more important than b-ball

    March 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
  390. Gabe

    I personally think that the tournament officials should have rescheduled the game. There is no telling how a team is going to do at the beginning of a season, so they didn’t know if they would have made it that far. If they are good enough to be there and make it to the semi-final game then I believe that they should be able to reschedule. On March 1st it was announced that Beren Academy would be able to play in the semi-final game, because the game is being rescheduled. I am glad that it was rescheduled, because it wouldn’t have been right to keep a team out just because of religious beliefs.

    March 4, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  391. Angie

    Personally, I'm not a religious person. I think the team should have played the game, because in my opinion I think that missing that years sabbath isn't that important. There will be one next year, and the team might not make it to the semi finals next year.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  392. Spencer

    wow i think that that it would take real faith to give up a basketball game for religion

    March 5, 2012 at 10:25 am |
  393. adrian

    It is crazy after a devastating shootout that they still have pride.

    It's really sad.

    March 5, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  394. evans

    i could make a 3 pointer all the time

    March 5, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  395. Sarah

    I do agree with the Basketball team and think that there religion is more important. I think the basketball league shouhld have rescheduled the meet.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  396. Morgan

    Since it was a religious holiday for the Jewish people, I think not participating in the basketball game showed religious strength. However, they could have asked to reschedule the game for a different day. Overall, it was great for the team to support their religion.

    March 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  397. Ethan

    The school should be able to go to the game in my opinion. Though their religion practices on this day, the team has worked hard to get to where they are and deserve at least to play in the game. This is even the best they have ever done so why shouldn't they have the right to go farther. If certain players disagree with playing they could skip the game but those who want to play should get the chance.

    March 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  398. Kristen

    I think it is good that they are standing up for what they believe and it seems fair that they game has been rescheduled so that they can now play. Even though they decided not to play at first, they showed a good attitude and good sportsmanship about it.

    March 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  399. Maggie

    There is no substitute for religion

    March 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  400. Joey

    I play basketball, and it is my favorite sport, but i would personally forfeit any type of game for my religion.

    March 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  401. Kelsey

    I think that rules are rules so i think they have to forfeit.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
  402. gabe

    I think a basketball shuld be in the afternone

    March 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  403. Shotton

    I think the team should have gone for the basketball game! Religion is important, but they have got to stick up for the team!

    March 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  404. Dixie

    I personally feel great respect for these individuals, as not only are they willing to put aside the concept known to the human race as glory for their own beliefs (a demonstration of their abilities to decide which among their obligations comes first), but because it shows that young people today can still understand and appreciate the freedom of religion provided by America. Good going, and best of wishes!

    March 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  405. Lily

    I think that the fact that the basketball league wouldn't reschedule the game is ridiculous. The league is asking this school to go against what they believe, what their religion asks them to do. I believe an exception can be made when it concerns how people live their life, and what they do to follow what they think is right.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  406. Linnea

    Many people gather around to watch the teams play basketball. Sports and hotdogs. This is America. But would you rather make that basket, or do your duties to your faith and religion? Not everyone agrees that these games are more important than your beliefs. Not even close. So, take your choice; Go ahead, and impress you friends. Or be faithful and loyal to your ancestors religion.

    March 5, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  407. Makenna

    That sucks that they had to reschedule, but at least they get to play the game on a different day. Hope they win:)

    March 6, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  408. Brook

    Even though they had to reschedule at least they still get to play.... If they miss the date they shouldn't be able to reschedule unless it rained or snowed a lot or something very major happened to the economy or there was a disaster and they couldn't make it.... But if they get to reschedule they better play good for it........ And they should try not to reschedule again........ Good luck to them!!!!!!

    March 6, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  409. Tommy

    I think that the officials should have rescheduled when first asked because it is the whole school's religion instead of just a few members of the team. But, I am glad that the school stood up for it's religion and that the officials eventually rescheduled because the team must've worked hard to get to that point.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  410. Kaylee

    If it's the entire team that's willing to reschedule, than they should move it, but if they knew about the semifinals being on the Sabbath, it makes me wonder how much faith they had in their team..

    March 6, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  411. MJ

    i think that's really dumb. If they have to go against their beliefs to play basketball it's not really fair.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  412. YRM

    I think that they should be able to follow their religion.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  413. jk

    i agrea with gabe basketball shuld b in the afternoon

    March 6, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  414. Mary

    They should still be able to play in the game even though they didn't follow the schedule!!!

    March 6, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  415. isaiah

    i think they shouldnt have to rescuduel the game

    March 6, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  416. vern

    i think religion is important and that they should reschedule. to be respectful to them.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  417. brenden

    i think that is wrong that you cant reschedule something for a religion even though they knew that could happen. if it were the other way around the other players would want a reschedule for the game for a religion. so i think they should take it to another day. let people have the religon.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  418. Jake

    every one should play people should not be left out.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:43 am |
  419. Gabe

    playing basketball is a fun sport and everyone should enjoy it 🙂

    March 6, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  420. Jake

    Everyone should play basketball if they are on the team. They should be able to show your skills off like everyone else and maybe they will do very good for your team.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  421. Gabriel

    I think that even though their religion goes against them playing that day. I think that they should play because it would only be a one time thing. I am sure their god will be forgiving for their situation.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  422. christina

    i believe that if they put thier faith over sports then they really are dedicated to thier faith

    March 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  423. NIck

    In many relgions the God comes frist. There should be respect for relgions in sports. If a team can't make for relgious reasons there should be a make up game. the people made the right choice!!!!!!!! 🙂 . .

    March 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  424. Janneth S

    I agree and they should do what is best for them.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  425. Alvyn(HHMS) :)

    I think that it is not fair. They are not rescheduling the game which is unfair because they are still having the time to celebrate their religion and then play the game another day.

    March 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  426. Josh

    I think they did the right thing, anything is not as important then your believes

    March 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  427. Emily

    Although tragic, and sometimes feels unfair. It's your choice to follow your religion.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
  428. Benjamin

    I'm proud of them for standing up for what they believe in. I also think it's rediculous that they can't reschedule the game. Have some respect for schools/teams and their beliefs!

    March 6, 2012 at 10:43 pm |
  429. chicken

    i agree

    March 7, 2012 at 3:56 am |
  430. Jessy

    I think it's very kind that they would speak out for their religon. Although, on the other hand it would stink if they would cancel the game just because their religon got in the way. It's a win-lose situation.

    March 7, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  431. isaac

    i think they did the right thing

    March 7, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  432. chsezy

    i think that they did the right thing

    March 7, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  433. rachel

    i agree

    March 7, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  434. ba

    thats kinda weird that you can go aginst your own religion

    March 7, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  435. Lily

    the people made the right choice! thats all i have to say!

    March 7, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  436. Alica :p

    I think that they should chang the date cause wat if that is important some people like basetball!!!!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  437. Britt

    I love basketball and people should play it and they made a good choice about it.

    March 7, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  438. Taliah

    Hey, If your religion is important to you, you would reschedule anything to respect it. So its kind of disrespectful to not agree to change the date of the match.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm |