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MiddletownMarty

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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 9:13:24 PM

Tennessee Lawmakers Outraged That Mop Sink Could Be for Muslim Foot Washing


Republican lawmakers in Tennessee sprung to action and demanded answers after confusing a mop sink recently installed in the state Capitol for a Muslim foot-washing sink.

Members of the state House and Senate contacted state Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey to ask if the floor-level sink had been installed outside the House chamber men's restroom to accommodate Muslims' ritual of washing their feet before prayer, according to The Associated Press.

"There was concern about why it had been modified," Humphrey said.

Republican state Sen. Bill Ketron confirmed that he had taken this issue up with Humphrey after state Rep. Judd Matheny (R) became troubled that the sink could be for Muslims.

“I just asked the question about what was the intent of that," Ketron explained.

Legislative Administration Director Connie Ridley assured the lawmakers in an email that "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," Ridley said.

Ketron told the AP that the explanation "satisfied my curiosity after it was presented to me."

In 2011, hundreds of Muslims showed up at the Capitol to protest after Ketron and Matheny sponsored a bill that would have made following Sharia code a felony.

"Tennessee, like the federal government, has a compelling state interest to protect our citizens from jihad terrorism," Matheny said at the time.

That measure would have criminalized Muslim foot-washing rituals and dietary restrictions.

The bill eventually passed after all references to any specific religion were removed.



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MiddletownMarty
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 5:55:58 PM

Yet here you are making your fifth post about it.
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 5:46:43 PM

It is actually zero because none of them were outraged so the entire story is BS.
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MiddletownMarty
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 5:24:31 PM

Is it three or is it one? Maybe it's two? One becoming troubled and another taking up the issue with Humphrey for him makes two. Troubled and outraged are synonymous where cons are concerned. Once you're able to see past the trees, maybe you'll be able to see the forest.
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 5:16:34 PM

No Marty, you missed the point. One person became troubled making it singular. You just wanted to try to stick by your argument and the argument of the story. Troubled is far from outraged...and one person becoming troubled is singular.
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MiddletownMarty
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 3:52:09 PM

"Using your math they put Humphrey in there also so that would be three!"

I didn't want to push you beyond your limits. At least you tacitly admit that the plural is appropriate.

Matheny became "toubled" to the point of needing email assurances. "Outraged" is more charitable than the more fitting term, "acting stupidly."


[Edited by: MiddletownMarty at 3/27/2013 3:56:31 PM EST]
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 3:44:25 PM

"Republican state Sen. Bill Ketron confirmed that he had taken this issue up with Humphrey after state Rep. Judd Matheny (R) became troubled that the sink could be for Muslims."

Obviously you cannot read. One became trouble with it...not two. Using your math they put Humphrey in there also so that would be three!

Also, explain the outrage part please.
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ministorage
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 3:19:56 PM

What a maroon.
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MiddletownMarty
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 3:14:59 PM

"Republican state Sen. Bill Ketron confirmed that he had taken this issue up with Humphrey after state Rep. Judd Matheny (R) became troubled that the sink could be for Muslims."

1. Ketron
2. Matheny

One lawmaker, two lawmakers. Can you count?

smh
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EZExit
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 2:07:32 PM

If someone wants to wash their feet in a mop sink, I don't see a problem with it, as long as it doesn't interfere with anyone else, such as the janitor needing to wash out their mop & bucket.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 12:25:12 PM

rumbleseat, well said.
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 9:30:16 AM

Rumble...agreed. I just find it interesting how one became lawmakers and outrage was a question asked.
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TadeuszK
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 9:23:18 AM

Politicians = " Manifest Ignorance "
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 8:15:14 AM

I agree, rumbleseat, the ignorance is amazing.
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 4:25:45 AM

Hundreds of thousands of buildings, probably millions of buildings, have had floor sinks for YEARS. All of a sudden some ignoramuses see a floor sink and panic that it might be a foot-washing facility? Have none of them worked in a large restaurant or warehouse type store like Walmart, or a heavy-duty service shop?
These are lawmakers, they are highly paid, they are in positions of responsibility, yet they aren't smart enough to recognize a low sink with a hose as a place custodians fill buckets and dump dirty wash water after the floors are mopped.
Scary, really scary.
I knew what a floor sink was when I worked my first job as a teenager to earn money to advance my education.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 9:58:15 PM

Again Marty tries to make much soup with one worn out onion.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 9:53:30 PM

Asking a question is now outrage and one person equals pluralization. Interesting....
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