MI: UNIVERSITY PLANS TO ADD FOOTBATHS
In order to accommodate its growing Muslim student population, the University of Michigan-Dearborn plans to install footbaths in its restrooms, officials said Monday.
The move comes after an increasing number of students were found washing their feet in restroom sinks before prayers. Islamic tradition requires Muslims to wash their feet and other body parts before praying.
Terry Gallagher, a spokesman for the university, said that the footbaths would cost about $25,000.
Some have criticized the university for catering to Muslims and accused them of violating the constitutional separation of church and state. But Gallagher said that’s not true.
“We are not promoting one faith over another,” Gallagher said in a statement. “Instead, we are providing a service that many of our students need and value.”