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Opening Arguments

A toehold on religion

This Star editorial on the proposed footbaths for Muslim taxi drivers at Indianapolis' airport is, on the whole, pretty unobjectionable:

But if state and city governments can make Good Friday a holiday for their employees, and that policy has so far withstood legal challenge, then why shouldn't the Airport Authority be able to accommodate certain religious practices?

The legal argument against the foot baths is weak. The cost is small.

The Airport Authority should proceed as planned.

Still, it could have been mentioned in passing that some of those who have no problem with this, such as the ACLU, have been the same ones who in other cases have been so hostile to religion in public spaces. It is rather doubtful that this case signals a major change in attitude.


tim zank
Tue, 10/02/2007 - 6:07am

Can you say "doublestandard"?