Religious School Athletics

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A Christian school that was barred from joining the athletic league for Texas public schools has asked a federal appeals court to revive the lawsuit it filed over its exclusion, accusing the league of religious discrimination.

A federal judge last year dismissed the suit that Cornerstone Christian Schools in San Antonio filed against the state's University Interscholastic League. On Monday, a lawyer for Cornerstone asked a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn that ruling. Cornerstone accuses the league of discriminating against parents who choose to send their children to a religious school. The league says it has admitted two of the state's largest religious private schools but excluded Cornerstone because it was eligible to join another league.