Monday, April 30, 2007

Questions, Answers, and Revelations

It is rare when someone poses a rhetorical question and then answers it in a manner that gives the opposite impression than he/she intended. Such was the case with Ahmed Tharwat's op/ed piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He attempted to rebut the concerns raised in the same newspaper by Kathy Kersten concerning taxpayer funds for ritual foot washing facilities in Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

First he jokes about the controversy:
Kersten seems intent on stirring up negative public opinion on relatively minor topics in her apparent crusade to save American culture from the Muslims. If this is "just the beginning," as she warned of the foot-washing threat, what else might Muslims bring to campus? Lord forbid, Arabic books?

Then he complains about the facilities:
Besides lacking a low-level washing area with a drain for washing feet, there is also no bidet-like system for cleaning after using the toilet. Water is the essential element for a thorough cleaning -- toilet paper will not suffice.

I think he answered his own rhetorical question.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is hygiene to be performed at home; I don't care WHAT France does (bidets), nor should we providing facilities for muslim religious rituals.


April 30, 2007 10:17 PM  
Blogger Jeff H said...

If I convert to an animalist, sacrificial religion, will MCTC accomodate me by building an altar upon which I can slaughter animals safely?

May 01, 2007 7:39 AM  
Anonymous Strib writer said...

Here's a letter to the editor I ghost-wrote for a neighbor to send to the Star Tribune, since I myself write for the Strib and didn't want to surprise my editor by appearing in the Letters section :-)

It may (or may not) surprise you to learn that the Strib didn't run this letter, which is highly critical of their support for "Sharia Lite" at MCTC --

--- Begin Letter to the Editor ---

Imagine if a group of Christian students deemed it necessary to baptize others in the restroom sinks. Could we expect the school to build them a baptismal font for "safety reasons"?

No, because a school is not a church -- or a mosque.

As a Catholic, knee rests for kneeling and holy water basins for blessing are a part of every church service for me. I understand that foot washing is a part of the Muslim religious service. Yet, would I be correct in expecting a publicly funded school to provide knee rests and holy water basins for me to pray? Of course not -- when I'm in school, I'm not in church.

Similarly, when our Muslim friends are in school, they are not in a mosque.

Therefore, it is utterly wrong to ask taxpayers to pay for the religious practice of foot washing in a public school. It's not a matter of how easy to accomplish or "accommodating" it may seem.

If foot baths are installed, can we next expect class times to be restructured to allow for on-site Muslim prayers? Where does religious "accommodation" end and "endorsement" begin?

--- End Letter to the Editor ---

May 01, 2007 9:35 AM  
Blogger bapakgila said...

Ah yes, it's finally here, sharia in your face; and I only thought they catered to Muslim Religious practices in Muslim countries but boy was I wrong. Gee, the next thing you know they will be banning Christian music and decorations? Oh, they already do don't they. Well welcome to phase one of Islam Indocrination. Phase two is where the Masjid are built in Christian neighborhoods and you have two choices, move out or pay the tax. Think I'm kidding, can you say France?

May 01, 2007 9:11 PM  
Blogger Mahan said...

Wait, I thought this was just like a choice of fish on Fridays if you happened to be Catholic during Lent? Isn't that what we were told by the media? Certainly the media would be swift to catch any possible violation of the hitherto-sacred (possibly the wrong word) separation between church and state that exists in their mind.


May 02, 2007 12:42 PM  

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