Whats the Big Deal Over Foot Baths?
Can someone please explain to me why the outrage over the fact that some public facilities are beginning to install foot baths to accommodate Muslim members of the community? The hullabaloo has been going on for awhile, but it began in earnest a couple of weeks ago when it was reported that the Minneapolis Community and Technical College was proposing the installation of the foot baths for its Muslim students, who have been conducting their 5-times-a-day required prayers and foot washing ceremonies in the restroom sinks. The Minnesota Legislature responded by requiring equal spending and accommodations for all religions, which had the effect of blocking the project. Now the uproar has been renewed with the revelation that the Kansas City airport, home to many Muslim taxi drivers, has just installed four foot baths in one of its public restrooms. The facilities were funded by the cab drivers, 70% of whom are Muslim, and not by taxes, and yet you would think by the reaction from the nutc