Duke’s Call to Prayer Controversy and The Morality of Football

Duke, Muslims, and the Limits of Interfaith Unity

A few weeks ago, Duke University quietly announced it would begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from its Christian chapel. It was meant as a gesture of interfaith solidarity, though not requested by Muslim students themselves. A few days later, after an outcry by evangelist Franklin Graham and others, the historically Methodist school decided to pull the plug, saying the idea was “not having the intended effect.” And that’s when the story got kind of crazy.

Two Duke students tell us how all of this got started, then three experts consider the deeper issues: the proper role of Islam in the public square, why the Muslim call to prayer makes some people nervous, and even the wisdom of using one holy space for two different religions.

Does God Determine the Superbowl? Many Americans Say Yes

Not to ruin your Superbowl party, but with all the scandal surrounding the NFL, professional football is struggling to maintain its glorious, all-American reputation. According to a new poll, about a third of Americans think the NFL should ban players convicted of domestic violence. Americans also have opinions on God-as-referee: about a quarter think God decides which team wins sporting events–including the Superbowl.

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