In non-Muslim communities around the world, it’s often only a matter of a short time after those of the Islamic faith move in that they insist on their public – and loud – “call to prayer” being broadcast to the entire community.
It can be limited by noise rules and time restrictions, but often city officials are reluctant to give the complaints by those of other faiths any weight – for fear of being called Islamophobes.
However, a novel problem has developed in Germany.
There, members of the community who escaped from Islam-controlled nations are complaining that they have to listen to the sounds – because that’s what they were forced to hear when they were being tortured.
It is Robert Spencer at JihadWatch who noted the developing issue.
“The guardians of multiculturalism and diversity never foresaw this,” he said. “They assumed that all the resistance to the call to prayer would come from native German ‘Islamophobes.’ But they have already begun glossing over these complaints. Diversity is our strength, comrade.”
He explained the details come from Medforth.biz, where it documented the surprising issue that came up after cities began allowing the often-amplified sounds.
“When we hear the call of the muezzin in addition to the church bells in our city, it shows that diversity is valued and lived in Cologne,” suggested Mayor Henriette Reker.
And Stefan Muckel, a professor, said the call to prayer is protected by law.
When in one place, Ehrenfeld, the Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion said it wanted to issue those public announcements, there was a reaction.
“Several visitors who had fled their Muslim countries spoke up,” the report explained.
“They said they had to listen to prayers while they were being tortured. They perceive muezzin calls as a reminder of the trauma,” the report said.
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