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Airport admits installing foot-washing benches
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | May 1, 2007

Posted on 05/02/2007 2:04:12 AM PDT by Man50D

Kansas City International Airport officials have acknowledged installing foot-washing benches in a restroom at the airport, but deny they're intended for Muslim cab drivers.

WND over the weekend reported that KCI Airport recently constructed four foot-washing benches to accommodate a growing number of Muslim drivers who requested the facilities to prepare for daily Islamic prayer.

"Recently, a small expansion was made to the building," said Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride in a statement to WND. "Included were wash areas used for any wash purpose by any of the users, including filling car wash buckets."

He insisted the wash benches were not "built for the exclusive use of any ethnic group or culture."

However, the department director in an earlier statement to WND appeared to contradict that claim.

"The majority of our drivers are Muslim, so preventing them from praying at all was not an option, especially in our public terminal restrooms," said Mark VanLoh, director of the Kansas City Aviation Department. "This was the best solution, and those facilities were added without public money."

He added that cab drivers paid for construction through a one-dollar per-trip fee.

In October 2005, the KCI Airport Police first solicited advice from other law enforcement regarding "wash bench facilities for those of Islamic faith," according to internal e-mails obtained by WND. In one e-mail sent to members of the Airport Law Enforcement Agencies Network, or ALEAN, KCI Airport Police brass asked, "If you do have such an area, do you refer to this location as a place for those of Islamic faith to [go to] prepare themselves for worship?"

The KCI Airport Police are responsible for the taxicab drivers and the building they use at the airport to wait on fares. The building contains the restroom with the four new foot-washing benches.

One airport official told WND the police are concerned about "catering" to Islamic rituals at the airport, particularly after the 9/11 hijackings and the more recent transatlantic sky terror plot. Airports have been operating under heightened security. The KCI Airport Police force, in fact, was beefed up after 9/11 to help prevent Islamic terrorism.

Islamic suicide attackers go through a ritual called ablution, or bodily cleansing, before carrying out their martyrdom operations. The 9/11 hijackers performed this ritual before entering airport terminals.

McBride suggested to a Kansas City TV news station, KMBC-TV (Channel 9), that it was, as the station put it, a "myth" that the airport installed foot-washing benches for Islamic taxi drivers. "It's a case of mistaken information on the Internet," McBride is quoted as saying.

However, a Savage radio listener yesterday offered photos he says he took of the benches on Monday in the taxicab facility restroom located in the middle of the airport under the control tower.

The photos clearly show four individual wash benches across from knee-high faucets and hand rails. Drains are visible in the floor.

In one corner of the room stands a rolled-up prayer rug. Smaller rugs can be seen lying on a cart behind it.

"There are foot bathes [sic] in the cabbie way station," asserted Phillip Morgan of Kansas City in an e-mail. Morgan went on to say he planned to lodge a complaint with the mayor's office.

Some 250 taxicab drivers operate at KCI Airport in Missouri, one of the largest airports in the U.S., linking some 10 million passengers between mid-America and other U.S. cities. One internal KCI Airport Police email said "approximately 70% of the drivers are [of] Middle Eastern heritage and practice the Islamic faith."

Muslims are required to wash their feet and other body parts before praying to Allah five times a day. They often complain that public restroom sinks do not accommodate their needs. Floor-level basins and benches make it easier for them to perform their foot-washing ritual.

Muslim taxi drivers at KCI Airport pooh-poohed concerns about the wash benches, arguing they are not just for their use.

"The guys [sic] making a big issue out of it – it's not just for Muslims," said taxi driver Shareif El-Mahdi in an interview with KMBC-TV.

Other major airports have dealt with increased demands from Muslim cab drivers. Cabbies at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, for instance, recently caused a stir when they refused to carry passengers possessing alcoholic beverages or accompanied by seeing-eye dogs. Alcohol is forbidden in Islam, and dogs are considered unclean.


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KEYWORDS: airport; airports; dhimmissouri; dhimmitude; fulldhimmitude; indoctrination; islam; kansas; koran; muslims; quran; sharia; shariah; shariahlaw; sharialaw
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1 posted on 05/02/2007 2:04:14 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Man50D
Can I eat Fried Pork Rines in a Muslim driven cab??
2 posted on 05/02/2007 2:12:12 AM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: Man50D

Oh, look, new urinals.


3 posted on 05/02/2007 2:12:49 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Man50D

What other body parts do they wash?


4 posted on 05/02/2007 2:21:53 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Man50D

Seems to me that these benches are potential safety hazards and require non-slip decals in the basins. A collection of pig and dog decals should do nicely.


5 posted on 05/02/2007 2:35:54 AM PDT by Dahoser (Never question Mr. Nibbles!)
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To: Man50D

Kansas City International Airport officials have acknowledged installing foot-washing benches in a restroom at the airport, but deny they’re intended for Muslim cab drivers.

ok, this is a test..who else, besides muslims, would require a foot washing basin??

ROFL..this is funny, they did it before they didn’t for a specific religious group which they deny doing it for so they don’t pi*s off the public by admitting they did it..


6 posted on 05/02/2007 2:37:12 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese..)
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To: Man50D; Lijahsbubbe; Yehuda; Alouette
He added that cab drivers paid for construction through a one-dollar per-trip fee.

And from where did they extract those dollars, their sky-high rear ends?

7 posted on 05/02/2007 2:45:04 AM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Man50D

And yesterday the airport said they did NOT do this.


8 posted on 05/02/2007 2:54:54 AM PDT by stockpirate (Al Qaeda is in the United States, they are in the House and Senate, Democrats all!)
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To: LibWhacker
Oh, look, new urinals.

We have a winner!

9 posted on 05/02/2007 2:59:44 AM PDT by Clink
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To: Man50D

where is the ACLU? Can you imagine the outcry if any Christian or Jewish group wanted something to accommodate their religion?


10 posted on 05/02/2007 3:01:50 AM PDT by Abby4116
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To: Man50D
The airport's earlier non-denial denial...

KCI Aiport Offical Says Apecial faciliteis for muslims is a myth

11 posted on 05/02/2007 3:03:11 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Abby4116

I work with a guy who was in the Army during Desert Storm and apparently the soldiers did mistaken on these things for a urinal.

Caused quite a scene when the imam or whatever noticed it.


12 posted on 05/02/2007 3:03:30 AM PDT by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: Man50D
It's amazing how much ass kissing of muslims is going on since 9/11 -- and how utterly ironic.

If you want to really get nauseated, start reading about "Sharia Compliant Finance."

Not that there's anything wrong with it in principle. In fact, it's actually rather Christian in its demands of the responsibility of those with capital to use it constructively, to avoid profiting from blatanlty immoral and destructive activities.

But to see the financial media adopt it as its latest darling, and try to teach us all the muslim buzzwords, is pretty sickening.

All the more so when you realize it's just about their money.

13 posted on 05/02/2007 3:04:52 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Thank you St. Jude.)
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To: stockpirate
I don't have a prob with the airport doing this actually.

I have a problem with them lying about it.

14 posted on 05/02/2007 3:07:31 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Ditter

“What other body parts do they wash?”

Washing any other body part would lead to a jihad and would require the slaughter of innocents.


15 posted on 05/02/2007 3:11:57 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: tiger-one
Mark VanLoh, director of the Kansas City Aviation Department.

We've had two terms of a democrat mayor and city council that have spent money like saturday night drunks. Our city officials are all blind to the problem of footwashing just as they are blind to the facts regarding half a billion dollars in bonds for fixing up a downtown buy giving away profits to out of town developers.

Our new mayor is an accountant/auditor and was voted in to clean up the mess, hopefully he will singelhandedly tear down those facilities for Muslim cabbies....

16 posted on 05/02/2007 3:11:59 AM PDT by x_plus_one (As long as we pretend to not be fighting Iran in Iraq, we can't pretend to win the war.)
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To: mewzilla

“I don’t have a prob with the airport doing this actually.”

Why don’t they do something for the majority of their customers who are Christian?


17 posted on 05/02/2007 3:13:16 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver
Anyone can use the footwashing facilities, can't they? And if I were dumb enough to go sockless to another airport, you can bet I would after having to go barefoot through the security line. Airport floors must be filthy.

Of course, this assumes the footwashing basins are being put in ladies' rooms, too. If not, gee, wonder if that opens another can of worms...?

18 posted on 05/02/2007 3:15:48 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

I do have a problem, it christians had asked for this they would have refused.

The tack here by Muslims is to push the limits of everything and wear us down.

The hope is if we give in to them a little they will like us and stop the war against us. But what this type of behavior does is encourage them to push more.


19 posted on 05/02/2007 3:18:02 AM PDT by stockpirate (Al Qaeda is in the United States, they are in the House and Senate, Democrats all!)
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To: Man50D

I cant complain too much about this as I have to agree if the Muslims have to say their prayers,there is not a better spot for it than a public toilet. I just hope they flush when they are finished.


20 posted on 05/02/2007 3:19:36 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: Man50D

“approximately 70% of the drivers are [of] Middle Eastern heritage and practice the Islamic faith.”

Here’s one case where I’d rather have a profession dominated by illegal Mexicans.


21 posted on 05/02/2007 3:20:05 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo (Earth - Taking care of itself since 4.6 billion BC)
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To: tiger-one

“”Included were wash areas used for any wash purpose by any of the users”

Can somebody use them to rinse the excess salt off of a Virginia ham?


22 posted on 05/02/2007 3:20:24 AM PDT by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.......)
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To: stockpirate
I do have a problem, it christians had asked for this they would have refused.

FWIW, I'm not sure that analogy holds, though.

That said, though, these things better be available for use by all, women included.

23 posted on 05/02/2007 3:20:32 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

And note to the airport people: STOP LYING.


24 posted on 05/02/2007 3:21:18 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

We better start fighting this slow encroachment of Islam into our culture. Every day , little by little they are trying to make this an Islamic country ..They ARE getting away with it because of our PC politicians and brain dead general public. This is only the beginning folks. Look at England and Shria Law


25 posted on 05/02/2007 3:23:22 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: mewzilla

Airports accept Federal funds, if this were Christians the ACLU would be all over it.

The mussie’s take their little rugs to Tysons Mall and go to the children’s play area and pray in front of 30-40 children. And all the guards do is watch.


26 posted on 05/02/2007 3:24:03 AM PDT by stockpirate (Al Qaeda is in the United States, they are in the House and Senate, Democrats all!)
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To: All

Anyone have an email addy for this airport of officials involved. Time that AMERICANS protest the movement of Islam into the public sector.


27 posted on 05/02/2007 3:26:08 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: Man50D

Radical Islam is an insane murder cult.
Moderate Islam is its Trojan Horse in the West.

“I think there are moderate Muslims, they are even the large majority, but I do not believe there is a moderate Islam,”
Philippe de Villiers, head of the anti-immigrant Movement for France (MPF) party


28 posted on 05/02/2007 3:26:16 AM PDT by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: Thinkin' Gal
He added that cab drivers paid for construction through a one-dollar per-trip fee.

Which was surely voluntary... and riders were fully apprised of what the funds were going towards?

Right?

Right.

29 posted on 05/02/2007 3:26:45 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Man50D

“Muslims are required to wash their feet and other body parts before praying to Allah five times a day.”


All that washing still doesn’t help. PU


30 posted on 05/02/2007 3:29:45 AM PDT by Stark_GOP
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To: Man50D
WTF?


Why don't they just give away disposable swords and install vending machines with C-5 in them?
31 posted on 05/02/2007 3:30:33 AM PDT by djf (Free men own guns, slaves do not!)
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To: Man50D

“However, a Savage radio listener yesterday offered photos he says he took of the benches on Monday in the taxicab facility restroom located in the middle of the airport under the control tower.”

Why would you build a taxicab facility under the control tower?


32 posted on 05/02/2007 3:31:47 AM PDT by listenhillary (Islamofacists are playing our media like a virtuoso)
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To: stockpirate
Airports accept Federal funds, if this were Christians the ACLU would be all over it.

I agree with you there. That said, so...? I just don't have a problem with this. Muslim cabbies stiffing folks with dogs and/or booze in a queue, Heck yes, I have a problem with that. But not this. And just because the ACLU's ready to stick it to people of Christian faith doesn't mean I'm going to turn around and return the favor to someone else of a different faith.

And besides, I'm a big believer in cleanliness being next to Godliness :)

33 posted on 05/02/2007 3:32:12 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla
That said, though, these things better be available for use by all, women included.

There going to claim they are holy ground and that infidels desecrate them....just watch it won't be a "tolerant' public facility .

34 posted on 05/02/2007 3:32:14 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing.....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Man50D
He added that cab drivers paid for construction through a one-dollar per-trip fee.

Now here's a blatant lie... That $1 fee per trip applies to every cab, not just those driven by muslims, and is an access fee to allow cabs to pick up customers at the airport. Because this is NOT a voluntary fee, it immediately becomes money taken into government coffers. So it's the city of Kansas City (through the aviation department) that actually paid for these things.

Will someone please tell me what might happen if government money was used to pay for some sort of Judeo-Christian religious device, not just a symbol...

Mark

35 posted on 05/02/2007 3:32:55 AM PDT by MarkL (Environmental heretics should be burned at the stake, in a "Carbon Neutral" way...)
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To: mewzilla

I am a big believer in the law should be equally applied to all.


36 posted on 05/02/2007 3:34:31 AM PDT by stockpirate (Al Qaeda is in the United States, they are in the House and Senate, Democrats all!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

‘All the more so when you realize it’s just about their money.’

I’m all in favour of these sharia compliant govt. bonds for muslims like the one just introduced by the Bank of England. I far prefer muslims to give their money to the British govt. than to the govt. of some terrorist supporting muslim country. . . . .


37 posted on 05/02/2007 3:36:05 AM PDT by britemp
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To: Kakaze
There going to claim they are holy ground and that infidels desecrate them....just watch it won't be a "tolerant' public facility .

If that happens, then they'll be shooting themselves in the feet, pardon the pun.

38 posted on 05/02/2007 3:37:29 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Abby4116

Every airport I’ve ever been through has a chapel...


39 posted on 05/02/2007 3:37:46 AM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: mewzilla
I just don't have a problem with this.

I suggest you do some research on "Islamization."
40 posted on 05/02/2007 3:38:50 AM PDT by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: Beckwith
Look, no-one's sticking me in a burkha. I'm just not going to have a cow because an extra piece of plumbing is being installed in a lav. FWIW, I can't equate the two.

To my mind it's the airport people who are in deep doo-doo for lying about this.

41 posted on 05/02/2007 3:43:30 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Beckwith
Now this is nuts...

Jail throws £10k down the pan

:)

42 posted on 05/02/2007 3:47:01 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: chadwimc
“Every airport I’ve ever been through has a chapel...”

A non-denominational chapel.
I wonder how they are funded and staffed?

White knuckle fliers either go to the bar or to the chapel.

43 posted on 05/02/2007 3:54:20 AM PDT by Stark_GOP
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To: britemp

it’s very likely that the bank you do business with, or that your employer or customers do business with, have among their largest shareholders, muslims.


44 posted on 05/02/2007 3:57:50 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Thank you St. Jude.)
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To: mewzilla

You’re not seeing the BIG picture on this my friend.


45 posted on 05/02/2007 3:59:19 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: Man50D

I went to the men’s room at my office Monday night, and there was a guy named Mohammed in there washing his feet in the sink. He looked at me like “how dare you enter this place at this time”. Hey, I had to pee, and they don’t give me time off to wash my feet or pray 5 times a day. I would have to take up smoking or Islam to get that level of privilege.


46 posted on 05/02/2007 4:15:44 AM PDT by Sender ("She is the friendly face of America; where Condi frowns, Nancy smiles." (Syria))
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To: Man50D

Any bets on what the queers are gonna be demanding with respect to their “beliefs”.


47 posted on 05/02/2007 4:23:51 AM PDT by Waco
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To: stockpirate
"..... but deny they're intended for Muslim cab drivers..."

Nothing to see here.
Will the Sheeple please assemble in the beheading line.


48 posted on 05/02/2007 4:25:56 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: sonic109

What is the big picture in your view?


49 posted on 05/02/2007 4:26:15 AM PDT by NucSubs (Rudy Giuliani 2008! Our liberal democrat is better than theirs!)
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To: Man50D

With all that washing and praying, how do they manage to get any productive work done? On second thought, never mind.


50 posted on 05/02/2007 4:28:13 AM PDT by rbg81 (1)
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