June 5, 2007, - 7:28 am

EXCLUSIVE: So Long Church/State Separation: University of Michigan to Fund Muslim Footbaths

* I have bumped up this article, which , from last week because it’s in the news again, today. This article was quoted in The Detroit Newsistan. It’s been ripped of by the Detroit Free Press, without attribution. Thanks “reporter” Niraj Warikoo (who reads my site). Both papers reported on it today because I e-mailed them my column on Friday.*
EXCLUSIVE: Must cite and/or
(that means you, and ) ****
Forget about the Constitutionally mandated separation of church and state . . . at least when it comes to mosque and state.
When students return in the fall, the University of Michigan-Dearbornistan is set to have Muslim footbaths in at least two locations.
And your tax funds are paying for it.

Last week, Kay Pepin, University of Michigan-Dearborn Director of Facilities Planning, and Terry Gallagher, a U of M-Dearborn spokesman, confirmed to me that plans are in the works to build Muslim footbaths (they refer to them as “foot-washing stations”) in both the University Center and Fairlane Center buildings at the university.
When I asked why the footbaths were being installed, Gallagher told me that this is “an accommodation to a significant portion of our student body and their friends and visitors in accordance with our mission.” He said that it is a growing trend with Boston University, Cal State-Fullerton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Washington University of St. Louis, all installing footbaths. “We wanted to be part of that trend in accommodating Muslim students.”
But when I asked Gallagher what portion of the U-M Dearborn is Muslim, he said that the most recent information the school has is from a 2004 survey of incoming freshman. The survey only identified 11% of students as Muslims, whereas 37% of incoming freshman were Roman Catholic. When I asked if there was any accommodation or money spent on Catholic students, he could not identify any.
Gallagher said the foot baths are the result of “years of ongoing negotiations with the Muslim Student Association.” The Chicago Tribune exposed the radical Muslim Student Association (MSA) as an American branch of the Egyptian terrorist group, Muslim Brotherhood, which took part in the murder of Egyptian President Anwar El-Sadat as well as the shootings at the Temples at Luxor.
Gallagher insists that he’s confident that “none of our Muslim students is involved in terrorism.” But last year, I received numerous death, rape and torture threats against me, my parents, and grandparents from University of Michigan-Dearborn student , a Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim. Ms. Elzein was visited by the FBI and admitted to making the threats. , another Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim, used University of Michigan-Dearborn computers to send me rape, torture, and death threats in the name of Hezbollah. His home was raided by four FBI agents, and he admitted to making the threats.
And last week, –a student who was Secretary of the Muslim Student Association at the University of Texas-Dallas–was convicted of illegally possessing firearms when he attended a Muslim terrorist training camp and sought to kill Americans.
The University of Michigan MSA has a Muslim Accommodations Task Force, which was headed by Nadia Bazzy of the infamous Hezbollah-supporting Lebanese Shi’ite Bazzy family. Many Bazzys have been involved in Hezbollah there–and here. And the MSA Muslim Accommodations Task Force has more goals in mind:

Ramadan Iftar Accommodations; Eid Holidays; Prayer Room and Break Accommodations; Faculty Sensitivity Training; Jummah; Surveys / Advocacy; Halal Food

The MSA of U of M-Dearborn says that a “Reflection Room” was established for Muslim students, at MSA’s request. I wonder what would happen if Christian or Jewish students went there to pray or hang out.
Gallagher confirmed that University of Michigan-Dearborn Vice Chancellor Robert G. Behrens made the decision to install the footbaths. Behrens was the sole decisionmaker. He did not have to go before a committee of University Regents to get the approval or consult with anyone else.
Behrens refused to speak with me regarding this Unconstitutional waste of tax dollars on behalf of the “Religion of Peace,” but his secretary, Judy Modelski, had some interesting talking points to try to dissuade me from thinking this was a Muslim footbath. “It can also be used for changing diapers of and washing babies,” she told me. “And there’s a third use, but I can’t remember what it is.”
But spokesman Gallagher confirmed that there is no other use for the footbaths, other than for Muslims to wash their feet before prayer. You’d think they’d get their stories straight at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Regardless, what mother would wash her baby in a deep bath where people washed their feet and the baby could drown? And what person would wash their feet in a bath where diapers had been changed? It simply doesn’t make sense.
In a letter to an angry alumnus, Vice Chancellor Behrens wrote that the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor construction, in 1841, of a chapel makes these Muslim footbaths okay. But that was a non-denominational chapel where anyone could go for any reason, even for non-religious purposes. As U-M/Dearborn spokesman Gallagher acknowledged, these footbaths are being built as an accommodation to Muslims and no other religion uses them.
When I asked Gallagher why a religious accommodation was being made for Muslims, he informed me that if another religion approaches U of M-D, it will consider the request. But universities are constitutionally barred from endorsing a religion or even two religions.
The footbaths, so far, will cost $27,000 to install. But count on it to cost more. Since only one set of footbaths is being installed at each of the two locations, Gallagher confirmed to me that each will be installed in only one bathroom. That means that, in order to comply with laws against gender discrimination, each sex will be entitled to a footbath in its respective bathroom. Expect the cost to double to at least $54,000–$54,000 of tax money spent for a religious accommodation in violation of the separation between church and state.
That money is coming from the University of Michigan-Dearborn general fund. That means, if you are a taxpayer, you’re paying for them, as the general fund is made up of federal and state monies and paid tuition fees.
$2,000 of that has already been spent, paying architectural firm Niagara Murano, LLC, of swanky Birmingham, Michigan to “design” the footbaths. When I asked why an architectural firm was needed instead of a plumber, Gallagher told me that an architect was consulted to make the footbaths compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Amazing. They care about compliance with all of the other laws, just not the most important one–the Constitutional prohibition of establishing a national religion.
I asked Gallagher if he’s aware that these footbaths are likely to be the subject of a lawsuit by some brave Michigan taxpayer, who detests being forced to fund Islam and the demands of an American manifestation of the Muslim Brotherhood.
He said, “We’re prepared to defend that if it happens.” That means more of your tax dollars at work for the “Religion of Peace.”
The question is: Where and when will a Michigan taxpayer finally say enough is enough and file suit? Will the ACLU take the case? (Fat chance.)
And when will America wake up?
Contact University of Michigan-Dearborn Vice Chancellor Robert G. Behrens to protest the Unconstitutional public funding of Muslim footbaths:
Office of the Vice Chancellor
Robert G Behrens
1090 Administration Building
Dearborn, MI 48128
Phone: (313) 593-5110

And, if you live in Michigan, contact your state legislators, as well.

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37 Responses

The ACLU is a joke. This footbath is secular?
Why would non-muslims need a footbath? We don’t wash our feet 5x’s a day! What a lame excuse! Non-muz are not going to use that! For what – a urinal, a squat toilet as another poster mentioned, what else?

CarpeDiem on June 5, 2007 at 7:59 am

I am not sure about what will the conservatives gain by challenging this. For decades, you guys have challenged the seperation of state and church. Now you have finally got what you wanted.
On a side note, Debbie does do some good reporting, but her charaterization of MSA is over the top. Anybody who has spent a day on an American campus knows that MSA on college campuses has all sorts of Muslims students – religious, non-religious, cultural Muslims etc.

lawman on June 5, 2007 at 8:45 am

The ACLU was founded in the 1920s by Roger Baldwin and Crystal Eastman, described as a “progressive” and “the perfect feminist.”
Earl Browder was general secretary of the Communist Party of the United States from 1930 through its dissolution in 1944. When the party was reconstituted as the Communist Political Association later that year, Browder was chosen as its president. Browder proudly proclaimed that the ACLU functioned as “a transmission belt” for the party. To deny the ACLU’s founding was attached at the hip to communist organizations is to deny what can easily be proven as truth.
For the past few decades, the ACLU has been on a major crusade to destroy Christianity in America, promote filth under “freedom of speech and expression,” and of course, vigorously defend the homosexual culture of death. On Jan. 10, 1963, Congressman Albert S. Herlong Jr., D-Fla., read a list of 45 communist goals into the Congressional Record. Below are the communist goals being implemented by the ACLU in their quest to destroy America’s culture and traditions:
1. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
2. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
3. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American communist cell was told to “eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings,” substituting shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.
4. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
5. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
6. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and television.
7. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural and healthy.”
8. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”
9. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
10. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of “the big picture.” Give more emphasis to Russian history since the communists took over. Obliterating the American past, with its antecedents in principles of freedom, liberty and private ownership is a major goal of the communists then and now.
11. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture ñ education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
12. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
Anyone who has been following the destructive path of the ACLU can easily see how effective these communist goals have been implemented to “promote democracy” and protect your “civil rights.”

Thee_Bruno on June 5, 2007 at 8:46 am

“lawman”, who posted above, works for the ACLU.

Thee_Bruno on June 5, 2007 at 8:48 am

“lawman” is also a muzlum…so you know where he’s coming from.

Thee_Bruno on June 5, 2007 at 8:48 am

Yes – Thee_Bruno is correct as usual.
What gets me is that article from the Newsistan.
First, the spokeswoman for the ACLU (Rania Elmer) is a muz – right? I googled her and she is speaking or moderating at the arab discrimination (ha) conference in June. Sorry if that is not the correct name of the meeting as I can barely stand to look at it. A lot of the usual suspects are speaking such as Jimmy Carter, etc. Also Paula Zahn and Diane Sawyer – the pandering is just sickening. So, the ACLU has a muz spokeswoman saying that the footbaths are secular b/c non-muslims can use them? Beyond ridiculous!
Second, who else do they interview but a guy from CAIR who blames all of it on us “islamophobes” on the internet. It’s just a total set-up.
No wonder Debbie calls it the Detroit Newsistan.
It’s just so sickening b/c most people are not aware of what is going on. Footbaths may seem like a small thing but I’m afraid it’s just the beginning unless we can stop it.

CarpeDiem on June 5, 2007 at 9:13 am

Hu du that wu du like yu du? When one reads wot wu du bees, it’s a place to wash feet and blow snot out of your nose without a Kleenex. What a gruesome group of creatures.

John Cunningham on June 5, 2007 at 9:28 am

correction: ACLU spokesperson is “Rana Elmir” – I must be confusing her with “Queen Rania” who has a solution for every problem except those of her subjects – i.e. honor killings, etc, etc.

CarpeDiem on June 5, 2007 at 9:30 am

As a UM graduate, it disturbs me that they are spending taxpayer money on a clearly religious purpose, that benefits a small population of the students. Whatever happened to the seperation of church and State? I have worked with many Muslims and they are very discrete about their prayer time, be it when or where they perform it. These Muslims at UM Dearborn are simply wanting attention and will try to get through any means possible. They are radicals and I find it deplorable that the leadership at UM is willing to indulge their demands, especially without going through the proper channels to have it approved. You can bet I will not be sending anymore contributions!!!!!

musiccgirl on June 5, 2007 at 9:37 am

You’re correct, CarpeDiem. Not only do they wash their feet (they should try bathing the rest of the body), but they “clean” their nostrils. What kind of sick, demented group of people do this before “prayer”?! Imagine what that place must look like after they “paint” the walls and floors with their slimy mucous five times a day!

Thee_Bruno on June 5, 2007 at 9:43 am

Although it is ridiculous for U of M to waste so much money on these footbaths, I don’t know if a court challenge would be successful since the footbaths by themselves don’t have religous overtones, meaning that there’s no religious inscriptions on them and anyone can use them.

Norman Blitzer on June 5, 2007 at 10:53 am

As usual Debbie does it right, and Thee_Bruno nails it.
More productive lawsuit may be directed toward ACLU’s non-profit status, in not protesting this obvious pandering to Muslims.
You can bet that donations to U of M will drop, and like what happened at William and Mary with the cross being removed, even when money pressure finally restored it, the donations did not come back to prior levels.
Several silver linings here–
1. Bad PR for Muslims, and U of M.
2. Bad PR for ACLU.
3. Bad PR for elite media in only doing this story after DS prompted them.

Red Ryder on June 5, 2007 at 11:43 am

red ryder- You’re dreaming if you think there are ANY silver linings in this surrender to sharia law. With all due respect, you have the dhimmi mentality. Non Muslims should use these footbaths any way they see fit. Is UM going to install bidets for the French?
Lawman- You’re not fooling us.

lexi on June 5, 2007 at 12:23 pm

As usual, Norman Blitzed is wrong.
He said; “…the footbaths by themselves don’t have religous overtones, meaning that there’s no religious inscriptions on them…”
Of course the footbaths are religious because the only faith that requires its adherents to wash their feet before prayer is islam. The university is clearly accomodating muzlums. Sure, anyone can use the footbaths, but let’s be realistic…who will use them besides muzlums? When was the last time anyone saw infidels stop to wash their feet on college campuses, air terminals, sports stadiums, train stations, or in the workplace.
Furthermore, I’ve seen muzlum street vendors pray on their mats on the dirty sidewalks of NYC, so clearly, this issue has nothing to do with cleanliness. The muzzies at the university are just trying to cause trouble and impose their religious beliefs on the rest of us.
Finally, if these footbaths have no religious connotations, then when will the university erect Christmas trees during Christmas? As everyone knows, in a 1989 decision, the Supreme Court said: “The Christmas tree, unlike the menorah, is not itself a religious symbol. Christmas trees typify the secular celebration of Christmas.”
But don’t hold your breath waiting for the University of Michigan to do so. That’s because Christians don’t have the propensity to threaten universities with frivolous law suits; making ridiculous religious demands; or threaten to riot. Besides, muzlums have a leg-up (no pun intended) on this issue because university staffs are notoriously anti-Christianity, and pro-islam.

Thee_Bruno on June 5, 2007 at 12:32 pm

Dear Lexi–
It really is me, not Lawman. In this country it always takes a “crisis” to get anything changed, and that’s the silver lining, isn’t it?
30-plus years in marketing and raising kids has taught me that people almost never take good advice, until it’s *almost* too late.
1. We had to ban DDT, and kill 15 million Africans only to find out that it really is a good pesticide.
2. Many FDA-approved drugs have to go on the market with devastating side effects to “prove” what was already demonstrated in clinical trials.
3. Hundreds of times each day, an accident will “prove” that driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol is dangerous.
4. We Catholics had the Crusades for a good reason, and were unable to finish the job. Now look around you…
PS–It would not be that easy for Lawman to hack my TypeKey password, anyway.

Red Ryder on June 5, 2007 at 1:08 pm

Re all that “Lawman” stuff–I misread your comment to mean that Lawman was impersonating me.

Red Ryder on June 5, 2007 at 1:52 pm

“Oh, look! Little urinals!”

Koozebane on June 5, 2007 at 3:08 pm

How ’bout the government builds a mikvah in all the girls dorms.

There is NO Santa Claus on June 5, 2007 at 3:48 pm

How ’bout the government builds a mikvah in all the girls dorms.

There is NO Santa Claus on June 5, 2007 at 3:49 pm

I would never, ever send my children to that school!!!! And not because they are diverse, diversity is a good thing. But pandering to a religion that promotes hatred for the rest of the world is just sick.
This school should be boycotted and students of other religions should stand up for their religious rights. If they want to accommodate islam, they should be willing to accommodate Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and other religions that may need special things to worship their God.

TheAwakenedOne on June 5, 2007 at 10:04 pm

All you write is well, well said and informative!!It’s always a great history lesson!!
Deb,again great work. Keep it up!!! It has to start sticking at some point with the American people.
I wish you had a TV show on a major network. Your work is by far more superb than any of the current
news shows. Can you work on that. The exposure to your fabulous investigative work, knowledge and honesty is what the country needs now. You know the song “WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS….” AND IT IS YOU!!

TheAwakenedOne on June 5, 2007 at 10:13 pm

The next president we elect has to have realized that we are facing a threat of survival as a nation and a people and be willing to do something about it and do it quickly. Remember THAT when you are voting, educate your friends and family or we face extinction!!!
This country is based on equality and there is nothing equal about pandering to one group of people of a certain religion no matter which religion it is!!!!

TheAwakenedOne on June 5, 2007 at 10:43 pm

Dear TheAwakenedOne:
Please do explain to this forum why diversity is a “good thing.”
If we judge that tree by its fruits, it is quite hard to agree with you.
Fact is, diversity was foisted on America as a done deal, and was never justified.
Ironically, this country was plenty diverse before “diversity” became a buzz word.

Red Ryder on June 6, 2007 at 8:28 am

Thank you for the compliment, TheAwakenedOne.

Thee_Bruno on June 6, 2007 at 9:43 am

American Girl, if only half of what us adults are saying was true I would be worried. Come back in ten years and we’ll compare notes.

John Cunningham on June 6, 2007 at 2:46 pm

I am talking about the old diversity(not the new found one) when the immigrants brought their customs,shared them with their neighbors and at the same time became American. At that time they realized that this country had something to offer them, something more than what the majority of today’s immigrants are looking for.
Today’s immigrant seems to be here to strip the country of all the good things it has to offer, benefits ,jobs, education,freedom of speech and expression. Yes, they appreciate all that and then whine about this country that they tried so hard to get into. They then go out and want to change it into something different. Where is the logic in this? Why come here in the first place if all you want to do is change it? Why not just stay where you are.
If you want socialized medicine go to Canada. If you want sharia law go to a country that has it. All I can surmise is that these immigrants so hate this country that they just want to destroy it, period. Their main purpose in coming to this country in the first place was to destroy it from within. I know that some of us are keenly aware of this, but the majority of the population does not have a clue about what is happening here!!
And that’s where we all come in. We have to realize what’s up!!!And not let it happen!!!
Wake up your neighbors.

TheAwakenedOne on June 6, 2007 at 3:35 pm

American Girl, thanks for stating what’s true and what’s right.
Many students utilize the Reflection Room. It was actually supported and passed by Student Government in years passed. If it were strictly for Muslims it would have been called a Mosque.
Students utilize it to study, delve into reflection, and sometimes even sleep 🙂
There will be no doubling of the costs that you mentioned. These will be single unisex bathrooms with a nursing station and a foot basin/bath.
There are much larger issues at hand? If Debbie has such wide appraisal and devoted readers, how about we open their eyes to issues within America that are hurting each and everyone one of us. Health care rights, immigration (ooooh I know you want to talk about it!), drugs infiltrating the streets, inner city education, and oh so much more. We are plagued with too much, and yet you’re worrying about ‘foot baths’.
Debbie Schlussel vs Michael Moore…hmm now that’s a forum I’d like to see.
Now, some clafication:
Some facts:
What is the cost of the project?
We have not received the proposal from the architect or solicited bids yet, but we estimate that the total cost to install two foot-washing stations to be approximately $25,000.
What is the source of the funding?
No tax payer dollars are being used for the project; the funding is being drawn from fees assessed to our students for campus infrastructure maintenance and renovation.
Why are you furthering a specific religion?
We are not promoting one faith over another. Instead, we are providing a service that many of our students need and value. This project also means that other campus restrooms can better serve the needs of all students.
Are you the first university to do this?
There are at least 18 other universities around the country that have installed foot-washing facilities, including a number of public universities.
Yours Truly,

RevivingTheReligion on June 7, 2007 at 12:20 am

Nice try – I’m not buying it!
I bet your burqa is getting quite hot this time of year. Maybe you can take it off and wash yourself in the footbath!
LOL – we are on to you!

CarpeDiem on June 7, 2007 at 3:17 am

Reviving the Religion:
Don’t you worry about opening our eyes to the important issues – they are WIDE open.
A unisex bathroom for male and female muslims?
I don’t think Ol’ Mo would approve of that!
Enjoy your reflection room – ROFLOL!

CarpeDiem on June 7, 2007 at 3:25 am

It was Debbie’s post that got this into the news, which is a good beginning.
Dawud Walid of CAIR has provided some further rationalizations for this clear endorsement of Islam–hygiene.
I’ve commented on it at Dearborn Underground.
BTW, if all students have to pay use fees, that still means 89% of nonMuslim students are being forced to subsisdize the religous practices of the 11% Muslims. I don’t see how this can possibly not violate the Establishment Clause.

TR Clancy on June 7, 2007 at 1:20 pm

TR Clancy:
The post you wrote on your blog is very insightful – right to the core of the issue!
I highly recommend it to anyone interested (and concerned) about this footbath situation and the special accommodation U of M Dearborn is making for its Muslim students.
Thanks as always to Debbie for keeping us informed and for her courage!

CarpeDiem on June 8, 2007 at 1:55 am

Of course, the common sense solution is for the Islamic Student Group to pay for the footbaths out of their own pockets. Maybe some rich Saudi will donate some money for this.

WillPower on June 8, 2007 at 1:55 am

How about this. At christmas time, the students should set up a tempoary, “foot washing basin,” in the outdoor common area, then, as a decoration for the holidays, put up a Christmas tree in the middle of it. Just call it an, “Art project” and stand back and watch the sparks fly!

CH on June 9, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Am I the only one who is opposed to this for nothing else than that it’s just not SANITARY?
I can’t help but feel a little disturbed at the thought of some schmuck, Muslim or otherwise, taking off his nasty shoes and sticking his feet in a basin
in a public restroom. Yeah, just the image I need while trying to take a leak between Chemistry and Speech class…some dude lathering up his filthy feet!

chris on June 10, 2007 at 6:25 am

muslims brotherhood in Egypt Send obama In Care of Untried Sates of America one by FedEx over Night Express 🙂

Mr. Patriot Conservative on February 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

If they washed the rest of their stinking bodies as much as their feet, the world, especially that craphole called Michigan, would smell a bit better!

Hoot R.Gibson on February 28, 2011 at 2:56 pm

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