This week Duke announced that they will be allowing a Student Muslim group to do a weekly call to prayer atop its bell tower. Every Friday this Muslim group meets downstairs in the basement of the Chapel for their “jummah” prayer service. “The adhan is the call to prayer that brings Muslims back to their purpose in life, which is to worship God and serves as a reminder to serve our brothers and sisters in humanity,” said Imam Adeel Zeb, Muslim chaplain at Duke. “The collective Muslim community is truly grateful and excited about Duke’s intentionality toward religious and cultural diversity.”
I find this interesting for many reasons, but mainly because of this quote from the Chapel’s Associate Dean for religious life, Christy Sapp. “This opportunity represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke’s mission…” Really Christy? This is Duke’s mission? And if it is, how far has it evolved from Duke’s Original goals and ideals?
Do you not know that your University was originally called Trinity College? That you were founded as a Christian University with the goal of spreading the Gospel, that trained Methodist pastors for free?
Do you not know where the name Duke University came from? That your University was re-named Duke in order to honor the memory of the Duke family, a devout Methodist/Christian family who gave their fortune in order to see the University prosper.
Do you not know your University’s motto? Eruditio et Religio, or “Knowledge and Religion.” And don’t regurgitate the bull crap that Religion can mean any religion. In its original context, religion meant the only ONE TRUE religion; That of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I think that this opportunity flies in the face of Duke’s original mission. I think that if Mr. James Duke were alive today he would be tearing your university down brick by brick because of this.
I don’t think that, because of today’s cultural shift, any Christian student would be allowed up in that bell tower to pray on a loud-speaker for all to hear. I think that it would be called religious intolerance. How foolish and stupid we have become as a nation. How much God will judge it, and tear it down, brick by brick.