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Ban of Muslim prayer call at event defended
Leaders of a church are defending a decision to ban a Muslim call to worship, part of a program for a Veterans Day concert.
A video during the singing shows war scenes, then people from different faiths drawing together. Where Muslim worshippers are shown, there was silence rather than the call to prayer. The decision led Northwestern Michigan College to withdraw its sponsorship.
The Rev. David Walls of Traverse City's First Congregational Church said leaders of his congregation feared causing offense to those at the concert. Doug Bishop, vice president of the church council, said: "We are clearly a Christian church, and we don't apologize for that. We have the right to control our content."
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