Editorial: Church Bells and Call to Prayer Should Get Equal Air Time

April 20, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press


On April 20, 2004 The Detroit Free Press published an editorial responding to the current controversy over whether or not Detroit area mosques should be able to air the call to prayer over loudspeakers. The article notes: "As the area's premier community of immigrants, Hamtramck surely should be tolerant of different cultures. But in this city where church bells regularly ring, some residents are up in arms over a request that the city's five Muslim mosques be able to broadcast daily calls to prayer. The City Council can cut through the din tonight and amend its noise ordinance to let the calls be heard. There should be no room for religious intolerance in this multicultural city, where two-thirds of the public school students speak a language other than English at home. That's the beauty of the melting pot that America is supposed to be, and that Hamtramck has actually managed to become. But like residents who move to the exurbs or rural areas, then cry 'no more development,' Hamtramck's denizens want to say 'no more religions.' "