Creeping sharia in Progressive Land 2
As reported by Matier and Ross in the SF Chronicle:
Here’s a sign of the changing times---Muslim cabbies now have their very own place at San Francisco International Airport to wash their hands and feet before they pray. Under Islamic law, Muslims are required to pray five times a day---a ritual that also calls for a ceremonial cleansing. For many cab drivers, that’s meant either lugging bottled water around or using one of the bathrooms inside the terminal to wash---a practice not always welcomed by airport passengers. So Royal Cab driver Hasan Khan, 52, a Pakistani immigrant, collected some 300 signatures from fellow cabbies, urging the airport to give them their own cleansing station. Airport brass obliged---and the wash equipment was installed on the ground floor of the main garage, right next to where the drivers congregate for their breaks. “The way we look at it…this was in the interest of maintaining a good relationship with ground transportation providers,’’ says airport spokesman Doug Yakel. As for using public resources? Yakel says the costs were nominal.
"Changing times"? I read the Chronicle every day, but maybe I missed the story about amending the Constitution to change the First Amendment that keeps the government out of the religion business. What next, a chapel for Christians to pray in while they wait for their flights? A synagogue for Jews?
It was bad enough that City Hall and Muni thought the First Amendment was a nuisance with their dumb reaction to the anti-jihad ads on Muni buses.
Clueless bureaucrats like Yakel---cabbies are "ground transportation providers"!---shouldn't be allowed to unilaterally abrogate the most important amendment to our Constitution.