The writer of the Jan. 18 letter “ Duke double standard” felt Duke displayed a double standard in considering allowing a Muslim call to prayer from the Duke Chapel tower while disallowing campus access to Chick-fil-A in response to its founder’s expressed intent to discriminate against people who behave in ways that offend his religion’s laws.
There’s a difference. The Duke Muslims seek only to conduct a religious ritual publicly. They haven’t asked Duke to implement Sharia Law.
Imposing one’s religious laws on others who don’t follow one’s religion is diametrically opposed to the American principle of freedom of religion. On the other hand, allowing others to express their religion without hindrance is the essence of that principle.
There is no double standard although there does appear to be a sad lack of Duke backbone.
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Reed Elliott, Raleigh