Sharia Gonna Get You If You Don’t Look Out!

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When Tennessee legislators first got a look at the $16 million renovation of their beloved State House in Nashville, imagine how shocked and awed they were to find a Muslim ritual footbath, where a utility sink used to be, right in the Men’s room outside the House Chamber.  Appalled, legislators launched an immediate in-House investigation calling on Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey to get to the bottom of how such an item had crept into the renovation plan, without their approval.

According to Humphrey:

There was concern about why it had been modified.

Republican Sen. Bill Ketron, (R-Murfreesboro) confirmed that he had spoken to Humphrey about whether there were “religious reasons” for the new sink after the issue was raised by Rep. Judd Matheny, (R-Tullahoma).

[Matheny denied that he was involved in raising questions about the basin.]

Building managers and legislative staffers reassured the concerned Tennessee lawmakers that contractors did not install special facilities for Muslims to wash their feet before praying, pointing out the words “American Standard” stamped on the questionable porcelain product.

Legislative Administration Director Connie Ridley wrote in an email:

I confirmed with the facility administrator for the State Capitol Complex that the floor-level sink installed in the men’s restroom outside the House Chamber is for housekeeping use.  It is, in layman’s terms, a mop sink.

I suspect the reason for locating the suspicious mop sink in the men’s room had to do with the fact that men, in my experience, have a greater propensity for pissing on the floor than do women.

An unapologetic Sen. Ketron [in layman’s terms a xenophobic wingnut] accepted the explanation thus:

I just asked the question about what was the intent of that.  And it satisfied my curiosity after it was presented to me.

Unfortunately, though, Senator it did not cure your doctrinaire little conspiracy-addled Republican brain, I’m sure.  My guess is that most average Americans, confronted with a mystery fixture such as the “mop sink in the Men’s room” might come up with any number of imaginative purposes for such a thing, [possibly to include “mop sink.”]  But I claim that it takes a special kind of mind to immediately see a threatening manifestation of a Muslim takeover of the US.

Think about it for a minute . . . isn’t it sort of a challenge to imagine why any self-respecting Muslim, would, upon waking up in Hillbilly Heaven, decide to run down to the Nashville Capitol building to wash his feet before . . . what?? morning prayers in the State House mini-mosque??  Something tells me that, to be practical, the footbath needs to be in close proximity to the prayer rug for the clean feet to count.  Or, do you imagine that this is just a preparatory measure for when all Tennessee lawmakers are Muslims?

Come to think of it, that was your concern a few years ago, wasn’t it? when you and your sidekick Barney Fife Rep. Judd Matheny introduced a ridiculous bill in the Tennessee House designed to protect Tennessee from the clear and present danger of creeping Sharia.

Remember that bill that you proudly co-authored?  The one that identified Shariah law as a “danger to homeland security” and gave the attorney general authority to investigate complaints and decide who’s practicing it? and declaring religious practices such as feet washing and prayers — as treasonous? The one that claims Shariah adherents want to replace the Constitution with their religious law?

Since y’all are legislators and representatives of the people, I’d expect you to know that Shariah law is a set of voluntary religious rules, a moral code, similar to Catholic canon law or Jewish religious law, with which most of us have been peacefully coexisting for some time now.  I’d expect you to know that just about every religion on Earth has some sort of ablution ritual or other.  I’d expect you to know that people of all faiths have to follow secular law, that civil law and the Constitution of the United States trumps religious law.

But more than that, I’d expect you to know that the government can’t label religious laws as wrong or treasonous or evil. The government may not take sides in religion. It may not say what is a good religion or a bad religion.  Not to mention the fact that the good people of Tennessee elect and pay you to represent their real concerns, like jobs and the state economy rather than some crackpot conspiracy theories cooked up by idle political operatives hoping to attract the attention of crackpot voters.

If you didn’t know those things, then, I’d expect you to have learned them by now after your bill was completely dismantled and discredited.  Or after the horrific events in your very own district of Murfreesboro, Sen Ketron, over the cultural battle to prevent the Murfreesboro Islamic Center from existing - the arson, the hateful grafitti, the protracted legal battles.  Those people, those Muslim Americans are your constituents, right?

So why on Earth were you, Sir, on the front lines fanning the very flames that threatened your constituents?  Asking “is it truly a church or is it a training center [for terrorists]?” Or when you compared the Muslims who proposed the mosque to the KKK or snake-handlers?

What if they put in something that’s dangerous to the citizens or the children of the neighborhood?” Ketron said. “There should be notice of what’s changing. Does the KKK have a church? Do snake handlers have a church? Those are things that should be brought out to the general public. The more transparent we are to the general public, the better off we are

Or how about when, in 2011, to convince fellow senators to support your anti-Sharia bill, you distributed a DVD claiming Nashville Muslims radicalized a Memphis man who shot an Army recruiter after converting to Islam.  Remember that video? “Losing Our Sons?” It was co-produced by your friends at the Tennessee Freedom Coalition a Southern Poverty Law Center-certified hate group—remember?

You lost that one, Sen. Ketron.  Today, the Murfreesboro Islamic Center stands proudly, flying an American flag with a Baptist Church for a neighbor.

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But you’re still finding “creeping Sharia” behind every bush, in every Men’s room . . .  sad about people like you, because it’s craven fear that motivates you.  Unfortunately, that level of fear also makes you a real danger to society.  Tennesseans would do well to fire you.

Posted by Bette Noir on 03/28/13 at 07:19 AM • Permalink

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Building managers and legislative staffers reassured the concerned Tennessee lawmakers that contractors did not install special facilities for Muslims to wash their feet before praying, pointing out the words “American Standard” stamped on the questionable porcelain product.

Therein lies the problem… the Muslims want to make Sharia law the American Standard!!!  And don’t even get me started on what the queers are doing to the soil!

All kidding aside, I think the real problem is that the people who are making a big deal about this, and tragically are making policy, have never been in a position where they’d know what a mop sink is.  There’s something to be said about being exposed to manual labor, no matter what your career track is.

So, State legislators are completely unfamiliar with janitorial fixtures.  Quelle surpise.

Maybe some of these guys should get real jobs, and use a fecking mop once in a while.

(now I see that Bastard has, yet again, gotten there before me.  Well, hell with it, I’m still posting)

In any case, locating it in the men’s room is most likely because a properly sized and ventilated closet was unavailable, and most janitors are men…

Takeaway: Republicans want Muslins to have smelly feet.

Lawd help us if they ever discover bidets.

This is so reaching for the status of “peak wingnut” that I can hardly stand it.  I mean, who would interpret a mop sink as SHARIA LAW WASHING THE FEET OF MOOSLINS!!11!1 and we MUST FIGHT AGAINST IT!! but today’s Rational Republicans.  Brought to you by The Sensible Right, no doubt.  OMG.

So, State legislators are completely unfamiliar with janitorial fixtures.

You’d think they could’ve figured it out all by themselves since it appeared (as if by magic) where the previous not-as-practical mop sink was.

I’m just about at the point where I no longer care what Memphis & Nashville meant for American music & am ready to burn the entire state of Tennessee & salt the smoldering ruins.

Of course, no one bothered to ask who’s bright idea it was to put a faucet and hose right next to an electrical panel in a public restroom.
What could possibly go wrong?

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