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Opening Arguments

A toehold on reality

We must honor the wall of separation between church and state. We cannot tolerate the pollution of public spaces with religious expression. Of course, that's if you're a Christian, not, um, a Muslim:

Three times a day during their shifts at the Indianapolis International Airport, more than 100 Muslim cab drivers wash their feet.

In the parking lot where they wait to be dispatched, some fill plastic bottles with water and pour it over the right foot, then the left. Others clean their feet in the restroom sink.

The practice is the last step in a ritual called ablution -- "wudu" in Arabic -- which involves washing several parts of the body to cleanse before Muslims' five daily prayers.

And by November 2008, when the new $1.07 billion airport terminal is scheduled to be complete, the restroom near the parking lot where taxi drivers stay between runs will include floor-level sinks that will make their daily ritual easier.

Such foot baths have started to crop up across the country, in schools such as the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where more than 10 percent of students are Muslims, and at airports such as Kansas City International Airport.

The essence of political correctness -- a term so overused that it is justifiably parodied -- is that we are so afraid of being accused of racism or sexism or xenophobia or religious bigotry or some other backward thought that we will go to absurd lengths to prove otherwise. Honestly, I do not mind foot baths for Muslims. It is a civilized accommodation to cultural differences. But let the teachers keep the Bibles on their desks, even if they are in plain view, OK?


Bob G.
Tue, 09/18/2007 - 7:48am

And while we're at it...how's about putting the Pledge of Allegiance back there along with displaying our flag.

Last time I checekd, this was STILL...America.
And AMERICAN "culture" should still be #1.


Larry Morris
Tue, 09/18/2007 - 8:14am

I have 2 stock watering tanks on my property that could (in a pinch) be used for foot baths, ...you'd just have to stand in line with the deer - NO CUTS, ...