Why Duke University Should Not Broadcast Islamic Prayer Via Its Chapel Loudspeakers

Duke University Chapel (Photo courtesy of Duke University)

A few days ago my fellow Patheos blogger over at the Muslim Channel, Dilshad Ali, criticized Duke University in Durham, North Carolina for rescinding its permission to broadcast the Islamic adhan (call to prayer) from its Chapel tower.  Dilshad wrote: For me, if Duke had decided this wasn’t a good thing to do from the very beginning, that would’ve been it. But to decide that the adhan would be called from the Bell Tower, then to withdraw that decision in 24 hours, well it’s just sad. I understan … [Read more...]

Charlie Hebdo Rejects Support from Catholics

The French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, darling of the media since the unfortunate attack on its offices in Paris, continues to offend.In Charlie Hebdo's latest issue featuring the Prophet Mohammed, which has already sold five million copies, the editors mocked Pope Francis in an editorial.  According to the Catholic Herald, the editorial in the new edition makes reference to protests by Femen, a radical feminist group that recently staged a topless protest in Notre Dame cathedral.  The ed … [Read more...]

NYTimes Op-Ed Columnist Has His Head in the [Parisian] Sand

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof can't figure out who's responsible for the Charlie Hebdo bombing.  And for that, I nominate him for a Lifetime Award for Politically Correct Obtuseness.In a January 7 op-ed, Kristof asked, "Is Islam to Blame for the Shooting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris?"  He chastises Americans for their rash judgments, despite the fact that these guys apparently entered the building chanting "Allahu Akbar!" and terrorist Cherif Kouachi, who picked up the phone and tal … [Read more...]