Swedish town that banned church bells has approved a mosque’s call to prayer

A town in Sweden is under fire after denying requests to ring church bells in the 1990s and the 2000s but recently approving a mosque’s request to conduct a weekly Islamic call to prayer.

Authorities in the town of Vaxjo in southern Sweden have given the local mosque a one-year permit to recite the call to prayer every Friday for about four minutes. But Fr. Ingvar Fogelqvist of St. Michael’s, the local Catholic church located about a mile from the mosque, says similar requests to ring church bells were denied.

On today’s show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this story and favorable bias toward the Muslim faith. The issue isn’t that the Islamic call to prayer is allowed; it’s that all religions are not being treated equally.

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