Duke University plans to hold a weekly call-to-prayer for Muslims from bell tower at chapel – Update: CANCELLED!

RALEIGH, North Carolina – Duke University plans to hold a weekly call-to-prayer chant for Muslims from the bell tower at its famous chapel, a move that has drawn the ire of a prominent Christian evangelist.

The school said in a news release that members of the school’s Muslim Students Association will recite the call lasting about three minutes from the bell tower, and that it will be moderately amplified with a microphone and speaker. The call to prayer coincides with the group’s prayer service in the chapel, which is identified by the school as a Christian church but also hosts Hindu services and has been used for Buddhist meditations.

The chapel’s associate dean for religious life, Christy Lohr Sapp, said the move shows the school’s commitment to religious pluralism. In a column written for the News and Observer in Raleigh, Lohr Sapp acknowledged the headlines generated by violence by extremists in ISIS, Boko Haram and al-Qaida, contrasting it to what’s happening on campus.

“Yet, at Duke University, the Muslim community represents a strikingly different face of Islam than is seen on the nightly news: one that is peaceful and prayerful,” she wrote…

Update: Duke University forced to cancel plan to use chapel tower for weekly call-to-prayer for Muslims just one day after announcing it

  • cmh

    just another ‘pious’ idiot with no idea of what is in the Koran, or what the meaning of Islam is.

  • AlanUK

    Starts off with once a week with minor amplification.
    Next, the Muslims (quite reasonably) remind people that the requirement is to pray 5 times a day, every day so can we make it once each day.
    Then 3 times a day.
    Then 5 times a day on special days (such as the entire month of Ramadan).
    The Muslims on campus can’t hear the call to prayer so we need it to be a lot louder – we’ll provide the equipment.
    Then, when it breaks down, the chapel should provide it.
    At some stage in the process, point out that the room they have is too small so we need to use the body of the chapel. And the cross and reference to the Trinity is offensive to us – they need to be removed.
    And so it could go on …

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Why can’t they use social media to call them to prayer?

    • eMan14

      Or read a schedule and look at a watch.

  • eMan14

    ‘However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.’

    Ya think?

  • Ed

    These administrators stand for NOTHING, except their own tenured sinecure and the feelings of superiority that floods their being all the live long day.

  • suzanne
  • Santos2

    I’m wondering, does the bell in the bell tower ring to call Catholic students to mass? Does it ring to signal the celebration of Christmas or Easter?

  • Pontifex Maximus

    Stop all immigration and deport all Mohammedans and privatize all of education…and that is just for starters!

    • Pontifex Maximus

      I forgot the instant dissolution of teachers’ unions as well as the most urgent obliteration of the Department of Education!

  • Xavier

    Wait a year and make sure it’s implemented before any publicity gets out. Then it’s ‘existing policy’.

  • simus1

    lohr sapp seems to be one of many plugged in WCC (World Council of Communists) deadheads commonly found floating down the multcult sewage canal as nominal Lutherans.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    The students who $50k/year likely told them fuck off even louder than the surrounding community which is 70% black told them fuck off.

  • Martin B

    “Yet, at Duke University, the Muslim community represents a strikingly different face of Islam than is seen on the nightly news: one that is peaceful and prayerful”

    If you check out the nightly news from the Muslim world, you’ll notice there is always a spike in terrorist attacks after Friday prayers (and during Ramadan, the holiest time of year). I’d love to hear Ms Sapp or any other apologist for Islam explain to us why that is.

  • Allan

    I bet the Christian majority wouldn’t have even been considered if they had asked to have the Lord’s Prayer recited over loudspeakers.

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  • simus1

    In the interest of honesty, a slight name change for the institution is overdue:
    “Puke University.”