Different God: Franklin Graham Shuts Down Duke’s Muslim Call to Prayer
At Duke University, a new weekly Muslim call to prayer was to begin Friday at 1 p.m. Muslim students were going broadcast the prayer from the bell tower of Duke’s chapel for about three minutes with “moderate” amplification. Franklin Graham (son of Billy), freaked out and asked Duke alums and donors to turn off the money taps until Duke backtracked.
The event was cancelled on Thursday afternoon. Duke PR VP Michael Schoenfeld passive-voiced that “it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.”
Reports then came in that “a credible and serious security threat” was the reason for the no-adhan-from-the-Christian-bell-tower-season.
The call is now scheduled to occur at 1 PM from a nearby quad. Stay tuned for updates.
Mary Valle lives in Baltimore and is the author of Cancer Doesn't Give a Shit About Your Stupid Attitude: Reflections on Cancer and Catholicism. She blogs on KtB as The Communicant. For more Mary, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.