The Adhan at Harvard
A good friend of mine wrote me a rather disturbing e-mail today:
I'm angered. It's Islam Awareness Week at Harvard. Personally, I think it's absurd to have an "awareness week" for a religion that has 1.3 billion adherents, but that's not what angers me. What angers me is that the adhan, or call to prayer, just rang across Harvard Yard on a speaker from the steps of Widener Library! The adhan, if you weren't aware, tells you to go pray, and, in a spirit that I find inimical to Harvard's rich diversity, declares that there are no other lords except God and that Mohammad is God's prophet. I resent being told to pray, I resent being preached at, and I resent the religious infiltration, Islamic or otherwise, of the public space. I can tolerate this offensive speech and behavior in Damascus, but not in Cambridge.
I couldn't agree more. Have the silly awareness campaign, but don't force feed that horrendously foul audio to the faculty and students—what misery.
What other religions get an awareness week there at Harvard?