TURKEY: Awful Desecration

Enough to set hairs a-standing on pious Mohammedan heads would be a proposal to cover the broad, flat floors of mosques with hateful, heathen pews.

Pews would prevent squatting in the traditional attitude of prayer. Pews would obstruct reverent foreheads from bending down to touch the floor of the House of Allah. Pews would be an awful desecration —as awful as though heathen Christians should not don slippers before entering a mosque, and thus pollute the floor.

However, since the present ruling class of Young Turks are not pious Mohammedans, it was natural, last week, that the Commission on Religious Reform,...

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