NASHVILLE — Sometimes a mop sink is just a mop sink.
Building managers and legislative staffers have sought to reassure some concerned Tennessee lawmakers that recent renovations at the state Capitol did not install special facilities for Muslims to wash their feet before praying.
“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,” Legislative Administration Director Connie Ridley wrote in an email. “It is, in layman’s terms, a mop sink.”
See also “Scary sink terrorizes Tennessee state legislature”, Loonwatch, 25 March 2013
Update: Also “Fears of creeping sharia at the Tennessee capitol go down the drain”, The Atlantic Wire, 26 March 2013
And “CAIR says sponsors of Tenn. anti-Islam bill ‘sink’ to new low”, CAIR press release, 26 March 2013