Foot-Washing Sink Proposal Causes Stir

September 24, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Indy Channel

A proposal to install a foot-washing sink at Indianapolis International Airport is prompting debate over ethnicity, religion and the U.S. constitution.

Muslims use the sinks to wash their feet before praying but some say that allowing the sinks on public property violates the separation of church and state, 6News' Cheryl Jackson reported.

Airport officials said they are considering installing a sink because of safety and health issues, with no consideration of religion.

More than 100 Muslim taxi drivers currently use a traditional sink at the airport, leaving the floor wet and increasing the possibility of passing germs. Shariq Siddiqui said he thinks opposition to the plan is at the surface of a bigger issue.

"This is an issue of Islamophobia. This is not about sinks," Siddiqui said. "The only difference between me and my neighbor is that we may follow different faith traditions."