Republican state lawmakers in Tennessee demanded answers after confusing a recently installed mop sink (pictured) in the State Capitol for a Muslim foot-washing sink.
According to the Associated Press, Republicans contacted State Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey to ask if a floor-level sink had been installed to accommodate Muslims’ ritual of washing their feet before prayer.
Republican State Sen. Bill Ketron said that he had taken this issue up with Humphrey: “I just asked the question about what was the intent of that."
“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 to worried Republicans. “It is, in layman’s terms, a mop sink.”
Ketron told the Associated Press that the explanation “satisfied my curiosity after it was presented to me.”
Tennessee has often made the news over its anti-Islamic paranoia.
TalkingPointsMemo.com reports that in 2011, legislation was proposed to make non-existent Sharia law illegal in Tennessee. In February 2012, police officers attended a training seminar held by a man who has claimed that Muslims should not be granted First Amendment rights.