Anti-Sharia (or is it more properly, anti-Muslim) Republicans in Tennessee were relieved to find out that a mop sink was not a place for Muslims to wash their feet.
Tennessee’s legislature has long been the stage for some “anti-Sharia” efforts, including a 2011 bill proposal to make following certain tenets of the Muslim code a felony. The law, pushed by GOP lawmakers Sen. Bill Ketron and Rep. Judd Matheny, would have made illegal the Muslim practice of foot-washing before prayer, as well as some religion-specific dietary restrictions.
Of course, when you believe Sharia law is creeping into every facet of your daily life, you will likely believe that recent renovations to the state’s House Chamber building included the installation of a sink for Muslims to wash their feet before praying.
With that in mind, guess who was allegedly worried that a simple mop sink was secretly a post for Muslim foot-washing? If you guessed Ketron and Matheny, you win a good, hearty chuckle.
After Matheny allegedly raised the issue to his anti-Sharia brother-in-arms Ketron, the latter claims to have brought their concerns to Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey, asking why a utility sink that was once higher on the wall had been replaced as part of renovations to the House chamber bathroom. The offending sink below:
And so began an effort on the part of building managers and legislative staffers to assure the pair that no, the state did not install the new sink as a special place for Muslims to wash their feet before praying.