Hey, that’s swell. I can’t wait to pray in the new State Department chapel for Christians.
What’s that you say? There is no such place? How’s that again? Establishment clause, you say? What’s that?
From AP, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
WASHINGTON “” In a gesture to Muslims, the State Department on Thursday set up a prayer room for some 150 guests invited to dinner by Secretary of State Colin Powell to end their daylight Ramadan fast.
Rugs were placed in the well-furnished room off to the side of the Ben Franklin dining room so the Muslims could observe the call to prayer that traditionally precedes the end of fasting at nightfall.
Afterward, the Muslims, men and women sitting side by side, dined on lamb and chicken and were assured by Powell that “we will move aggressively forward to deal with the Middle East peace process and with terrorism.”
“In the United States you will find no better friend and partner,” Powell said.