Reasonable accommodation marches on.
“London’s Olympic Park toilets to turn away from Mecca out of respect for Islamic law,” from the Daily Mail, September 24 (thanks to Simone):
Toilet facilities are being built at London’s Olympic Park so Muslims will not have to face Mecca while sitting on the loo.
The Olympic Delivery Authority has said it wants to produce an ideal venue for people of all cultures, faiths, ages and abilities for the 2012 Games and beyond.
The Islamic religion prohibits Muslims from facing the Kiblah – the direction of prayer – when they visit the lavatory.
An ODA spokeswoman confirmed that a ‘percentage of general toilets would not face Mecca’ out of sensitivity.
She could not say how many toilets would turn away from the East.
Also as part of the design, special washing facilities will be linked to Islamic prayer rooms….