Monday, December 15, 2008

Heated Foot Baths for Muslim Prisoners Necessary: Crucifix Verboten

I'm not surprised: a British prison's makeover includes a multi-faith chapel with heated foot baths for the Muslim prisoners.

An imam didn't like the idea of a crucifix being in another part of the room, so it's out.

There are Christian symbols over there, but not to worry: they can be removed "when necessary."

I'm all for sensitivity, but it does seem to go one way.

In the news:
  • "Prison bans chapel crucifix to avoid offending Muslims"
    MailOnline (December 15, 2008)
    • "A prison’s new chapel will not contain a crucifix to avoid offending Muslim inmates, it emerged today.
    • "Bosses at HMP Lewes have been told the traditional Christian symbol, featuring Jesus nailed to a cross, must not be used in the Grade-II listed Victorian jail's 'multi-faith space'.
    • "The room - part of a £1million new block - has been split in two, with one half featuring heated foot baths so Muslim worshippers can wash their feet before prayer.'But the other side, dedicated to Christian prayer, contains just a simple wooden cross and portable alter - both of which can be removed if necessary...."
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