Duke, of course, is a highly rated institution which also has a reputation for excellence in sports. It was founded as a Methodist school and in its earlier days was known as Trinity College. Many a Methodist student studied for the ministry through the generosity of Duke programs.
But like all of its competitors these days, political correctness has taken its campus by storm. America's bastions of thought and free speech which used to be American academics has been destroyed by the liberal capture of educational facilities and our society is suffering from it. This week's decision by Duke to broadcast the Muslim call to worship across the campus from its Christian chapel is a prime example. I have no idea what percentage of students are Muslim, but to blast this call the worship across the campus when other religious thought, in particular Christianity, receives so much scorn is outrageous. And the whole idea of free speech, which has been destroyed in recent years, and using it as a basis for diversity is foolish at best.
Remember, Duke is the school that so quickly assumed the guilt of soccer team members for an act that never happened as well as forcing Chik-Fil-A off campus because of its views on the right to life. Their left wing bias is clear and the arguments they try to use in support of it is hollow indeed. And imagine if a student Christian group wanted to broadcast hymns from the bell tower on Sunday morning, well, you can imagine what would be said about that. There would be hell to pay and they'd probably try and expel the students.
Look, no one is opposed to allowing devout Muslims to have a place to pray on campus, but to give them some special place at center stage in light of what happened in Paris and around the world these days is like poking a finger in the eye. Remember, despite what the President and others say, America is still a majority Christian-leaning nation and others need to get over their jealousy.
Somehow I think the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, would wonder what happened to an institution that got its beginnings in service to the Father and Jesus Christ. But, then again, this problem exists in so many mainline religious groups who take the Bible out of social justice and wonder why their numbers are dropping so fast. Despite what PC says, there are absolutes of right and wrong.
I hear that late today Duke canceled the plans and came up with a less auspicious way for Muslims to practice their prayer ritual. Apparently Franklin Graham had contact with an audience of Christian alums via social media and the response was fast and direct. When those who donate voice their displeasure its amazing how school relent but, in any event and for whatever reason, I'm glad they did.
Come on, Duke, and all institutions of higher learning. Quit trying to jam your views down student throats while at the same time claiming support for diversity. Due the right thing, use your institution as a place of debate and mind enrichment, not as a proponent for the thought police. Be truthful and open in all that you do. And for all you Christian students in school who feel that yo are being discriminated against, speak up and demand your rights. When you do, the bullies in the Administration always ultimately bow down.
May God continue to bless America and may she always be open to His word. See you again tomorrow.