May 9, 2018
Swedish police in the town of Växjö have granted a local mosque the right to broadcast the Islamic call to prayer, with the local Church of Sweden bishop supporting the move as a “well thought-out decision”.
The police decision to allow the broadcast of the Islamic call to prayer comes after the Växjö Muslim Foundation made the demand back in February, claiming that allowing the call to prayer would aid integration.
The call to prayer will be allowed on Fridays for over three minutes in the early afternoon, but many politicians have expressed sharp criticism over the decision, Aftonbladet reports.
Anna Tenje, a local politician and member of the Moderate Party, commented that she did not believe the call to prayer would aid in integration efforts, and said she regretted the police decision.
“If the Church of Sweden set up a tape recorder in the cathedral that proclaimed God’s message, I would have been negative to that too. I like the secular society and would like to defend it,” she added.
This article was posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 6:55 am