(by Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller) -- An Ohio woman who says she called Duke University — to speak her mind about a plan to allow a Muslim student group to issue a weekly call-to-prayer on campus — claims she was contacted by a member of the Duke University Police Department who said she was conducting an investigation about the phone call.
The woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Pam, said she called the office of the Duke men’s basketball team early Thursday after she read that the school was planning to allow the Muslim Students Association to chant a call-to-prayer, the “adhan,” over a microphone from the Duke Chapel bell tower each Friday.
The move outraged many, including Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham; though later in the day on Thursday, the private university in Durham, N.C., reversed its decision to allow the call-to-prayer claiming that its effort to ”unify was not having the intended effect.”
But on Friday university spokesman Michael Schoenfeld offered a different rationale for the change of course, telling CNN that the plan was being scrapped due to a “credible and serious security threat” and that the school had received a number of phone calls which were “pretty loud and nasty.”
Schoenfeld provided no details of the threats — though said that the FBI was involved in an investigation.
But the school apparently decided that Pam’s phone call required an investigation, though she says she made no threats whatsoever.
“I called the basketball department because Duke basketball is big and with the Final Four coming up I wanted them to know that their fans aren’t going to be fans much longer if they keep doing this stuff,” Pam told The Daily Caller on Thursday, before the school had publicly stated that it had received threats.
“If you want to do this kind of thing, well then it’s going to hit you in the pocketbook,” Pam continued, adding ”maybe the sponsors will turn away when they do stuff like this that infuriates American citizens.”