Renovations in the Tennessee state capitol building raised the eyebrows of some state lawmakers when they saw what some believed to be a foot bath to be used by Muslims to wash their feet before prayer. The sink, which was installed in a men’s restroom outside the House chambers, immediately caused concern among some legislators. According to Senate Clerk Russell Humphrey, he was approached by two Republican lawmakers–Senator Bill Ketron and Representative Judd Matheny who were worried about the intended purpose of the sink. Their fears were quickly allayed when they learned that the sink was replacing an old wall mounted sink. The floor placement of the new sink was intended to make it easier for custodians to fill mop buckets and rinse mops.
Feeling perhaps a bit embarrassed by the affair, Jeff Woods, writing on NashvilleScene.com used the incident to attack the “liberal media.” Unfortunately, Mr. Woods leveled his attack not on news sites, but on Wonkette and Gawker, both of which he accused of poking fun of Tennessee using “mockery and sarcasm,” apparently missing the point that both of those sites use mockery and sarcasm as their stock in trade.