Universities Install Footbaths to Benefit Muslims, and Not Everyone Is Pleased

University of Michigan announces it would install $25,000 foot-washing stations in several restrooms to accommodate its Muslim students; this has provoked controversy, with students divided on use of their building-maintenance fees, and tricky legal questions about whether plan is legitimate accommodation of students’ right to practice their religion, or unconstitutional government support for that religion; more than 10 percent of students at University of Michigan are Muslims; nationwide, more than dozen universities have footbaths, many installed in new buildings; American Civil Liverties Union says footbath issue is complex, since footbaths themselves can be used by anyone, and are not stylized in religious way…