I do not yet know what prompted this other than a big stink. Perhaps a major donor or two read them the riot act? Perhaps administration feared divisive tumult or worse on campus?
But whatever the cause Duke has reversed its decision to allow the amplified Muslim call to prayer from its Chapel bell tower.
Duke University has reversed itself, and announced Thursday afternoon it will not allow a Muslim call to prayer Friday from its iconic cathedral. [IT’S NOT A CATHEDRAL! – ed.]
The decision had met with widespread controversy.
“Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students,” said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. “However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.”
I imagine it wasn’t.
By the way, yours truly made the Charlotte Observer article at the link. Can you find me?