This is an OK, Fine “op-ed.”
Duke University officials on Thursday reversed a decision to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower atop the Duke chapel.
(Trivia info: the bell tower of Duke Chapel is modeled after the Bell Harry Tower of Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, in Kent, England.)
The plan was to recite and broadcast a call to prayer from the chapel for about three minutes, once a week, each Friday.
Why did they reverse the decision?
Speaking to a group of reporters and TV camera, Duke’s vice president of public affairs and government relations offered little insight into the cancellation besides saying there were “security concerns.” Neither he nor the dean of the chapel used the word “threat,” and it appeared no law enforcement agencies aside from Duke campus police were called to investigate.
However, other sources claim there were threats of violence made against the school.
Meanwhile, CBS reported on January 21st that the Duke University chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity has been suspended as police investigate rape allegations stemming from a frat party earlier this month.
The alleged sexual assault took place in an off-campus house and now officials are working to determine what happened.
In an affidavit obtained by “CBS This Morning,” a woman told police she was served “hot chocolate” at the party. After drinking it, the next thing she remembered was waking up the next day in a “t-shirt she didn’t recognize,” wearing “no underwear and no bra,” and her leggings were “torn and on the ground.”
So, the real question about whether or not Duke University broadcasts a three-minute prayer every Friday is this:
Who gives a damn?