Muslim Call to Prayer Canceled at Duke

January 15, 2015 •

Duke University cancels Muslim call to prayer from chapel tower after Franklin Graham and others criticize the plan

On Thursday, Duke University announced its support of a plan to allow the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast across campus every Friday over the North Carolina school’s iconic chapel tower.

The decision touched off an outcry from evangelical Christians, including Franklin Graham. On Friday, the university abandoned the plans.

“I am glad to hear that Duke University reversed its decision to allow the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast from its chapel bell tower,” Franklin Graham said in a Facebook post. “They made the right decision!”

In media interviews, Graham pointed out that the chapel was built by donations from Christians when the university was a Methodist college and should continue to be used for Christian worship.

“This is a Methodist school and the money for that chapel was given by Christian people over the years so that the student body would have a place to worship the God of the Bible,” Graham told Fox News.

Some of Graham’s harshest criticism of the decision to allow the call to prayer came in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“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,” he said. “I call on the donors and alumni to withhold their support from Duke until this policy is reversed.”

He discussed that post and his opposition to the decision in an interview with WSOC-TV in Charlotte. Watch it below.