Religion: Minaret in Washington

The newest mosque in the Western Hemisphere and one of the most magnificent in the world was dedicated last week in Washington, D.C., and the President of the U.S. took his shoes off for the occasion. There had been considerable nervousness over how President Eisenhower would observe the Moslem custom of removing shoes on entering a mosque. Grey cotton slippers had been prepared to slip over his shoes, but Ike decided to go all the way, shed his new black oxfords before he put on the slippers; Mamie took off her white pumps and stood in her nylons. Then they stepped...

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