Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The Sharia mop sink at the State Capitol building

In Case you missed it:

Tennessee: Paging H.L. Mencken 

The Boston Globe, Editorial, April 01, 2013- ....

Fast forward to today’s Tennessee, and “Neanderthal man” has a new target: Islamic law. Right-wing blogs and talk radio inflame listeners with conspiracy theories about supposed efforts to impose sharia law in the United States, and a few unscrupulous politicians, following in the tradition of Scopes’ persecutors, are ready to exploit those fears.

The latest episode came recently when two lawmakers, state senator Bill Ketron and state representative Judd Matheny, reportedly raised questions about the installation of a new floor-level sink in the state capitol that, they theorized, could be for Muslims to wash their feet before prayer. (The sink, in fact, is for mops.) The same two men had sponsored a bill in 2011 that made the enforcement of sharia law punishable by up to 15 years in jail.(link)

TN lawmakers confuse mop sink for Muslim foot-washing sink

The Tennessean, Mar 25, 2013 — Sometimes a mop sink is just a mop sink.

Building managers and legislative staffers have sought to reassure some concerned Tennessee lawmakers that recent renovations at the state Capitol did not install special facilities for Muslims to wash their feet before praying.

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