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Faulty Compass

Some Dutch policeman has had an Urkel moment.

A Dutch police station trying to help Muslim detainees face Mecca for their prayers painted arrows in cells pointing in the wrong direction.

The Segbroek police station in The Hague borrowed the idea of putting compass marks on ceilings from an Amsterdam hotel, the Dutch daily De Telegraaf reported on Friday.

Muslims pray five times a day, facing east in the direction of Mecca. But the arrows in Segbroek pointed west.

“This is a really gigantic, stupid blunder,” a police spokesman told the De Telegraaf.

Perhaps, but no bigger a blunder than believing Jerusalem has any real religious significance to Muslims.

In any event, I feel a fatwa coming on..

Update: Speaking of fatwas, guess what ghosts, ghouls, supernatural beings, genies, and mythical phoenix birds have in common?

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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