Hamtramck Call to Prayer Controversy

Call to Prayer Verdict Provokes Outrage in Hamtramck

April 28, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/locway/pray28_20040428.htm

On April 28, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reportedm "The Hamtramck City Council's unanimous approval Tuesday night of a plan to allow the Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast on loudspeakers five times a day in Arabic has outraged many of the city's Polish Catholic residents. They said they'll start a petition drive to bring the issue to a vote. Others have said they'll file lawsuits...

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Controversy Over the Call to Prayer Reverberates Across the Nation

April 26, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0404/29/a01-133933.htm

On April 26, 2004 The Detroit News reported, "Next month, Hamtramck will become one of the few cities in the United States where the Islamic call to prayer is broadcast onto public streets. The impact of that decision is reverberating across the nation. Loudspeakers on an old brick building in Hamtramck have become a symbol of the struggle between tolerance and tradition, and...

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

April 20, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/voices/editorials/ecall20_20040420.htm

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...

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Update: City Council Likely to Pass Amendment Allowing Call to Prayer in MI

April 20, 2004

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0404/20/b01-127888.htm

On April 20, 2004 The Detroit News reported, " Along with pierogi and paczki, Hamtramck may soon be known for its Islamic calls to worship. The City Council is expected today to pass a noise ordinance amendment permitting mosques to issue the traditional call to prayer over loud speakers. It’s another sign of change in this traditionally Polish community of 23,000, which...

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