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.
Labels: MCTC Controversy