Concerning the news articles, the subsequent letters and the Jan. 21 Point of View “ Equal treatment is all we’re seeking” from Sohaib Awan about using Duke Chapel to broadcast the adhan Muslim call to worship from the tower of Duke Chapel: Article 1 of the bylaws of Duke University begins, “The aims of Duke University are to assert a faith in the eternal union of knowledge and religion set forth in the teachings and character of Jesus Christ, the son of God.”
This is printed in the Bible my classmates and I received from Duke upon graduation.
Duke has done an exemplary job in exercising religious tolerance of all faiths, including opening the Center for Muslim Life at Duke in 2008.
People like Awan feel that the carillon call to Christian worship needs to be balanced by other religious (and perhaps nonreligious or even anti-religious) equal access to the Duke Chapel tower. The founding document of the university puts Christianity above all else.
Duke has been exemplary in religious tolerance, but this was simply a step too far.
Don Van Dyke