Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Cleaning up the KCI Muslim Foot Bath Story
The following story wouldn't have caught my eye if the attempt at a cover-up wasn't so transparent and misleading . . . Over the weekend, World Net Daily (the last bastion of decent reporting in this country) revealed that The Kansas City International Airport has added several foot-washing basins in restrooms to accommodate a growing number of Muslim taxicab drivers who requested the facilities to prepare for daily Islamic prayer.
The story received a pretty decent response but went way too far in claiming that that the new basins were "causing worry among police" regarding Muslim men gathering around the airport or whatever . . . Not that police weren't worried about the predominantly Muslim cabal of cabbies but you can't say/write/think/voice that kind of anti-immigrant sentiment anymore unless you're bashing Mexicans.
Obviously, the PR folks over at KCI Airport had to counter this bit of bad press pretty quickly and strangely Channel 9 seemed more than willing to help them out.
HOWEVER, what unwittingly happened is that the report pretty much confirmed every negative insinuation made by the original article with its apologetic tone and depiction of the very same facts revealed in the story.
First of all, it seems clear just from the photos and the video that the stalls built for the mostly Muslim cabbies are, in fact, for washing your feet and or junk which I guess is a prerequisite for Islamic prayer and/or suicide rituals.
Here's a look at the facilities . . . Of course, there's no sign stating that this is "Muslim Ground Zero for prayer rituals at KCI" and you can ostensibly use the stalls for any purposes up to and including urinating on the Koran but it doesn't look like any of the standard bathroom stalls that I've seen (NO HOMO). Full Disclosure: I don't really use public toilets unless it's an emergency and even then I close my eyes, grab a paper towel and make sure not to breath or touch anything . . . So unlike most of you d-bags, I'm not the world's foremost authority on Men's restrooms but you have to admit this doesn't seem like standard fare for a public potty:
Anyway, the PR piece on behalf of KCI didn't really "debunk" anything other than the overenthusiastic claims that a bunch of Muslim guys are worrying the cops securing the airport. The foreign cabbies are pretty commonplace in Kansas City and the only people they really concern are those poor souls with expense accounts that don't cover rental cars . . .
Still, the fact remains that these facilities do SEEM to be there for the express purpose of the Muslim rituals despite all of the protestations to the contrary. And the reporter didn't really cover "why" these really odd looking showers/foot baths/dong scrubbing facilities were erected (ew) in the first place.
Still . . . If we're talking freebies then I want my accommodation was well . . . Because I really don't want to deny these dudes the right to engage in their superstition that was seemingly at the heart of one of the world's worst acts of terrorism. But I want to know that the folks at KCI are bending over backwards for TKC as well . . . Fair is fair. So, I think that a hot ass broad in a nun costume cracking a ruler over my knuckles or various other body parts is probably an integral part of my lapsed Catholicism. Of course, others can take part in the "services" that KCI would provide under my plan without having to be a lapsed Catholic . . . Finally, I urge the incoming Mayor (nullus) to make sure people of "unspecified" faiths like his wife also have access to KCI's accommodating spirit . . . I know that I'd enjoy the mood lighting that goes along with Tarot card readings even though I think the practice is evil . . . And I've always, secretly been a big Enya fan so whatever new agey accommodations the Mayor's wife might need, I'm sure I'd be able to enjoy the special requests as well . . . That is, as long as KCI and area taxpayers are picking up the bill.