Cities nationwide eliminate Xtianity; Orlando does THIS for Muslims
You may have missed this news, but Emirates Airlines will start flying in and out of Orlando International Airport daily within a few weeks, each jet carrying hundreds of passengers from the Middle East and beyond.
Well that’s nice, isn’t it?
But because many Emirates travelers will be Muslim, the airport is planning to spend almost $250,000 to build a “reflection room” where people of the Islamic faith can pray. It should be open for the inaugural flight Sept. 1.
As the Orlando Sentinel reports, right now, Muslims at Orlando International must pray in public or perform religious rites in restrooms.
Some also go to the small, nondenominational chapel tucked away on Airside B, just past the security checkpoint. There are a couple of prayer rugs available there.
Shayan Modarres, an Orlando civil-rights attorney and Muslim, said the reflection room will be a welcome addition for the followers of Islam.
Many Muslims, he said, have felt isolated and uncomfortable in this country after the terrorist attacks of 9-11. But having a reflection room at the airport, he said, “is a great step in the right direction, especially for tolerance and inclusion.”
Yes, when I think of Islam, I ALWAYS think of “tolerance and inclusion.”
The room will feature an ablution area, or clean zone, carry-on-luggage bins and shoe racks, as well as directional signs for north, south, east and west.
Is there any kind of reflection room for Christians in Orlando? Surely a whole lot of Christians fly in an out of the airport daily. How about Jews? I’ve heard even Jews like Mickey Mouse.
The OIA’s Facebook page proudly announces the construction of the “reflection room” noting that many other airports around the globe-such as Detroit, Baltimore, and Boston also have “reflection rooms.”
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