Duke University has decided not to allow a Muslim student group to announce an Islamic call to prayer from a campus chapel tower with loud speakers after outrage from some well-known Christian pastors.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the Durham, North Carolina, university announced earlier this week that it would allow a three-minute chant by members of the Duke Muslim Students Association via loud speakers on Fridays.
However, that announcement was condemned by Rev. Franklin Graham who wrote on Facebook yesterday:
"As Christianity is being excluded from the public square and followers of Islam are raping, butchering, and beheading Christians, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t submit to their Sharia Islamic law, Duke is promoting this in the name of religious pluralism. I call on the donors and alumni to withhold their support from Duke until this policy is reversed."
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Dallas-based Pastor Robert Jeffress recently appeared on "Fox & Friends" to slam Duke as well, noted RawStory.com (video below).
Pastor Jeffress claimed the university was hypocritical because it tried to cancel a pro-life event at a women's center.
“Those who cry loudest for tolerance are often the most intolerant people when it comes to viewpoints they disagree with," stated Pastor Jeffress.
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Pastor Jeffress went on to say that Islam is a “false religion based on a false book written by a false prophet."
He added that Judeo-Christian beliefs were given a preference for decades in the U.S. and said that tradition should continue.
Before the reversal by Duke, Rev. Graham told The Charlotte Observer today, “It’s wrong because it’s a different god. Using the bell tower, that signifies worship of Jesus Christ. Using (it) as a minaret is wrong.”
“Let Duke donate the land and let Saudi Arabia build a mosque for them,” added Rev. Graham. “Islam is not a religion of peace.”
Duke cited its change of heart on safety concerns based upon the many angry anti-Muslim phone calls and emails it received.
“The level of vitriol in the responses was unlike any other controversy we have seen here in quite some time,” said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations at Duke.
The Duke Muslim Students Association will gather outside the chapel and do the call to prayer before they go to the chapel basement to pray as they have for several years.