Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Who Voted for These Idiots?

The capitol building in Tennessee is a fine old building; in fact, it's about 150 years old.  Since it was probably in need of renovations, some improvements to the building were approved by the state's Legislature.

Which has caused me to wonder, "Who voted for these idiots?"

It seems that Tennessee State Senator Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, had a chat with the Senate Clerk "about whether there were religious reasons for the new sink after the issue was raised by Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma," according to an article on The Tennessean's website.

“I just asked the question about what was the intent of that,” Ketron said. “And it satisfied my curiosity after it was presented to me.”

New sink?

Religious reasons?

Tennessee's GOP-controlled Legislature is incredibly worried that Islamic law (or Sharia) might creep into their pristine Judeo-Christian state; so incredibly worried, in fact, that the mere appearance of a mop sink set into the floor in one corner of a renovated restroom is enough to give them the vapors.

The article reasonably explains that, although the practice varies from sect to sect, it's an accepted part of Muslim custom to wash one's feet, hands and face before prayers.  It's actually a rather benign part of the religion.  However, it was still enough to make people get out the fainting couches and the smelling salts.

Of course, when asked about the conversation with State Sen. Ketron, State Rep. Matheny instantly dummied up and denied everything.  Real solidarity there, Judd my lad.

You might think I'm making this up, gentle readers.  Let me tell you something:  I've written and published three science fiction novels; I've been writing a serial online set in an alternate Earth featuring anthropomorphic talking animals for the past (almost) ten years - and there is no way in hell I could make this shit up.

One has to wonder what Matheny and Ketron would have thought if the renovators had installed a bidet.


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