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How Franklin Graham transformed a debate about Duke Chapel into a culture war

Franklin Graham’s Facebook fulminations last week about plans to issue the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel transformed what could have been a nuanced campus debate about religious establishment, sacred space, and pluralism into a countrywide fracas that calls to mind 1980s culture wars.

Hundreds of Duke students rally with Muslims at Friday’s call to prayer

DURHAM, N.C. In the end, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast from a small black speaker perched on the steps of the Duke Chapel Friday (Jan 16), as hundreds of students, some Muslim but mostly non-Muslim, gathered in solidarity for the right of all students to pray publicly. The gathering, replete with signs reading […]

Duke cancels Muslims’ call to prayer after Franklin Graham leads revolt

Officials at Duke University abruptly dropped plans to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from the iconic bell tower of Duke Chapel after online protests led by evangelist Franklin Graham and unspecified security threats. The decision on Thursday (Jan. 15) came one day before the “adhan,” or traditional call to prayer, was to be broadcast […]

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