Will You Declare a Fatwa Every Time We Score?

Our guest columnist is the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, a predominantly Christian athletics organization, which submitted this questionnaire to Iman Academy SW of Houston when it requested membership in 2010.

Members of the Tapps executive board have little knowledge of Islam and the Koran, so it is possible that some of the passages taken from the Koran have been taken out of context. If so, please help them understand.

  • What is your attitude about the spread of Islam in America? What are the goals of your school in this regard?
  • When was the Bible allegedly polluted? Does the Koran actually state that the Bible is polluted?

  • How does your school address certain Christian concepts? (i.e. celebrating Christmas)
  • Historically, there is nothing in the Koran that fully embraces Christianity or Judaism in the way a Christian and/or a Jew understands his religion. Why, then, are you interested in joining an association whose basic beliefs your religion condemns?
  • It is our understanding that the Koran tells you not to mix with (and even eliminate) the infidels. Christians and Jews fall into that category. Why do you wish to join an organization whose membership is in disagreement with your religious beliefs?
Before Games, Religious Questions [NYT, via ThinkProgress]

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‘scuse me while I jack this thread.

I got a job offer (yay!) but now I’m negotiating the salary (boo!) and I’m so fucking nervous. Like, my hands are shaking while typing this. I’ve never negotiated a salary before. I’ve always just been fucking grateful for the offer.


@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ:

Don’t lowball yourself.

Do some research on Monster or other job sites to see what comparable salaries are for your job and in your area to give you a range.

It doesn’t hurt to ask for a little more. It is a negotiation not a “take it or leave it.”

@ManchuCandidate: Thanks. I gave them a counteroffer already, but I’m wondering if it was too low. I don’t know what they’re thinking is realistic.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I was gonna say, start high but not out of the ballpark.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: HUZAAAH! Ask for one meeelleon dollars, no, one hundred billion dollars, or you’ll hold their asses for ransom. I’ll help.

@redmanlaw: Public. They agreed to my counteroffer, so it looks like I’m going to have a real job soon. Yay! But I probably won’t be able to hang out here much longer. Boo.

TAPPS just had to clear up an issue with a Jewish school and the Sabbath. And had issues with a Seventh-Day Adventist school. Bet they didn’t ask either school if they were terrists.

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