Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Give prayer a chance

By Karen Bouffard / The Detroit News

Project for Muslim students draws accusation U-M Dearborn is giving faith favored treatment.
DEARBORN -- The University of Michigan-Dearborn plans to spend $25,000 for foot-washing stations, making it easier for Muslim students to practice their religion but sparking questions about the separation of church and state.

The university claims the stations are needed to accommodate Muslim students, who must ritually wash their bodies -- including the feet -- up to five times each day before prayers. But critics hit conservative blogs and radio airwaves Monday to argue public money shouldn't cover the cost.

"Technically, they've got a problem, because it's public money they're using to pay for this," said Hal Downs, president of the Michigan chapter of Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Americans United should, in my judgment, go soak their heads. Good grief. Can't we all get along?

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