The Ugly Truth: Rabbi complains after being told to remove shoes in Heathrow multi-faith prayer room
(Sorry about the Antisemitism on this site. Most definitely not endorsed by this blogger)
"The multi-faith prayer room in Heathrow is a simple room, very clean, very quite and peaceful, with no religious sign or ‘decoration’ and where any person, of any religion can go to for prayer, meditation, contemplation etc. I have personally seen Muslims, Christian nuns, Hindus, Buddhists visit that room. Every one removes his/her shoes and no one has ever complained nor even questioned why shoes should be removed.
Until now. Enters the rabbi who does not understand that for other faiths, a prayer room is not a garbage bin and we have Heathrow ordered to apologize."
Leaving aside the Antisemitic subtext of this post, I agree with this alternative perspective on that news story.
The story about the rabbi being asked to take his shoes off and then Heathrow later apologising for this was treated by the media as either a "Muslims taking over" story or a generic "Political correctness gone mad" story.
I thought the rabbi's attitude was very unimpressive. Lots of religions other than Islam remove shoes to pray, It was therefore reasonable to treat the room as a sacred space. When I tried to argue this on Twitter last month, I got shouted down. Of course, some of the people commenting on that page ought to be shouted down too.