Tennessee lawmakers confuse mop sink for Muslim foot-washing sink

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.”

The Tennessean, 25 March 2013

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