7:57 am May 5, 2009, by Laura Diamond
ANOTHER UPDATE: The mock trial schedule was changed so the team of Jewish students could fully compete.
UPDATE: A member of the State Bar of Georgia board resigned Wednesday after the national organizer of a mock trial event being held in Atlanta refused to rearrange the schedule to accommodate a team of Jewish students.
A team of students from an orthodox Jewish high school says they can’t compete in Saturday’s National High School Mock Trial Championship because the event will be held during their Sabbath.
The mock trial organization has refused to provide the Massachusetts team with an earlier slot, saying it would provide the students with an unfair advantage. The competition will be held in Atlanta.
The team said similar accommodations were made in 2005 when a Jewish team competed.
While it’s easy to understand both sides’ position, this situation raises the question as to what steps organizers must take to accommodate different religions.
How far must schools and other groups go to avoid religious conflicts?
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