Wednesday, 26 December 2007

And Adhanother thing

Muslims in Oxford are apparently demanding the right to broadcast their call to prayer by loudspeaker, to the anger of local residents.

Let us hope and pray that this is not allowed. This country has been Christian for 1000 years, and the sound of church bells on a Sunday morning is one of our finest traditions. Hearing warbling and wailing from a loudspeaker three times a day (and I have heard it in Turkey) is just not on. It is intrusive and threatening: a more sensible solution would be for the Adhan to be transmitted by text to Muslims' mobile phones - it would not disturb anything else.

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