Don’t follow the masses…most of the time the “M” is silent…
A commentator for American Thinker is calling on supporters to contact campus officials to protest the fact that a Muslim call to prayer is being broadcast on the campus of UCLA – a “publicly funded institution.”
“This in an act of Islamic supremacism,” writes Carol Brown. “If Muslim students at UCLA can’t figure out how to tell time or keep track of when they need to pray, that’s their problem.”
Her column provides online links for a long list of UCLA officials, including President Janet Napolitano and many more, specifically including contacts for a list of corporate donors to the university.
“The call to prayer is something that is blasted over loudspeakers in Muslim majority countries and Muslim enclaves around Detroit,” Brown wrote. “We’ve already heard enough ‘Allahu Akbar’ for a lifetime.”
She said “fighting creeping Shariah requires constant vigilance.”
The concern arose in the wake of a controversy over an announcement by Duke University – later withdrawn – to have the Muslim prayer call blasted across its campus on Fridays.
Dean Richard Hays said, “Any decision to permit the use of a prominent Christian place of worship as a minaret for Muslim proclamation will, in our time, have immediate global repercussions. Any discussion about such a proposal should take into careful account the perspective of millions of Christians living in Islamic societies where their faith is prohibited or persecuted.”
The school had said amplifying the Muslim prayer call was to unify the campus and make sure it was welcoming for students of all faiths.
But an immediate and vocal reaction, especially a call for donors to discontinue their financial support for the school, prompted officials to reverse themselves almost immediately.
They also cited threats, and the result was that the prayer call for Muslims was held on the university’s chapel steps instead.
“But what some saw as a small token of welcome and an opportunity to challenge ‘media stereotypes of Muslims,’ others took as an affront,” the report said. “The questions that were raised by the call to prayer, including the state of Muslim identity within American public spaces and the nature of Duke’s religious pluralism, cased a national firestorm no one at the university could have predicted and left behind a community divided along multiple fault lines.”
Among those protesting the school move was Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, who asked donors to “withhold their support from Duke until this policy is reversed.”
Shortly after, the university reversed its decision, citing “security concerns.”
Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the early history of the United States, Duke hired its first full-time Muslim chaplain in 2009 and started its Center for Muslim Life then, too.
A report at Christian News noted the video of the UCLA event showed the north side of the UCLA campus near the athletic field off Sunset Boulevard.
“While the audio is faint, Arabic-style chanting can be heard in the footage as students gathered on the lawn,” the report said.
The report said the common call to prayer chant is, “I bear witness that there is none worthy of being worshiped except Allah. I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. … Allah is most great.”
See the UCLA video:
Listen to Muslim prayer call on UCLA campus
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:37:34 GMT