Duke University threatened by terrorists, cancels religious ceremony

Appeasement of extremists will simply encourage more tyrannical behavior:

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University has canceled plans for Muslim students to sound the traditional call to prayer from the school’s iconic chapel tower amid threats of violence and a backlash from anti-Muslim groups, conservatives and Christian leaders. “The vehemence of the reaction from a number of quarters created concerns about security,” Mr. Schoenfeld said, though he declined to discuss specific threats.

The evangelist Franklin Graham called on Duke donors and alumni to withhold support until “this policy is reversed.”

“To use that bell tower as a minaret, to call on the god of Islam,” Mr. Graham told a television station in Charlotte, N.C., “we as Christians are being marginalized.”

It's the same God, you f**king idiot. And for those of you who still think using the tower to broadcast the muezzin is inappropriate, guess what? It's a BELL TOWER. It's designed to allow the bells to be heard by the faithful, so they will know when it's time for mass, prayer, or a fricking pot-luck dinner. I have heard the call to prayer in a few different Middle-Eastern cities, and it's beautiful, if a sound can be described as beautiful. And the sheer hypocrisy of people threatening violence to silence such is mind-bending.

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They do not even know!

I had a conversation while I was working a polling place during early vote for the 2014 primary. A couple of other poll-workers* were going on about Islam and sharia and I made some reference to Jews, Christians and Muslims all being "people of the book". They were flabbergasted that I would link their god to anything to do with Islam. They DO NOT KNOW.

*they were BOTH there for Democratic candidates too. Although one of them did not know that Hagan had a primary opponent so that sorta' indicated that she had not voted a D primary ballot.

Most of them don't want to know

I don't believe in teaching specific religions in (primary) public schools, but there should be at least a chapter or two summarizing the origin of each major religion and how they affected history and the growth of civilization. I recall a few snippets from high school about the Crusades and the schism that brought about the Holy Roman Empire and such, but I wasn't aware Jesus was a prophet in Islamic faith until many years later.

The only thing that causes strife as often as religion is ignorance.