Friday, January 16, 2015

Duke University Takes Back Muslim Call to Prayer After Backlash

America is in too often a nation of nitwits. Just not in the way European elitists like to think.

It’s not that we’re a bunch of ridiculously conservative, outdated, uncultured rednecks. Our problem is that we have too much in common with Europeans themselves, as we strive to prove are high-and-mighty open-mindedness and make abject failures of ourselves in the process.

For example, French newspaper Charlie Hebdo gets attacked by Muslim terrorists, and what does America’s Duke University do? It pledges to broadcast a weekly Muslim call to prayer.

Seriously? Seriously.

The West gets targeted and brutalized – again – by Muslim extremists, and this is our response?

Like I said: The United States of America is too often a nation of nitwits. Especially when it comes to our educational system.

Fortunately, there are still apparently enough intelligent people among us to make a difference every once in a while. Duke University got a whole slew of negative responses to said endeavor until it decided to relent.

Accordingto WNCN, “The university announced its plans to facilitate a weekly call to prayer; but on Thursday, Duke officials acknowledged the decision resulted in unintended backlash. A Duke official told WNCN the school changed its mind after it was ‘presented with some significant and credible concerns about safety and security.’

“‘The idea was conceived with the best of intentions and the greatest of intentions to create unity,’ said Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. ‘It turned out to have the opposite effect and it was actually creating divisiveness that was neither intended nor valuable.’

“The initial plan was to broadcast a weekly call to prayer from the chapel's bell tower starting Jan. 16. The prayer service would then take place in the chapel basement.

“The university said it will instead welcome members of the Muslim community to gather on the quadrangle outside the chapel, before moving to its regular location in the chapel basement.

“‘They… bent to pressure. It's a slap in the face to Muslims, not just to the students there but to the Muslim community of Raleigh and to Muslims in general,’ said Khalilah Sabra, with the Muslim American Society. ‘At this time, we should be trying to build something together.’

“Build something together?” Is that what this is really about? Or is it that too many Muslims expect special treatment over other religions... and too many Americans are willing to give in?

I mean, I don’t see Duke University kowtowing to Christians.

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