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Move of Muslim prayer room creates rift at Western
by Kate Dubinski and Norman DeBono
London's Muslim community is reaching to diffuse mounting tension at Western University over an issue of prayer space at the school.
The move is meant to blunt "negativity" between the university's chaplains and administration after a multi-faith prayer space at Western gave way to an expanded Muslim prayer room, said Imam Abd Alfatah Twakkal, spiritual leader of the Muslim London Mosque.
The loss of the prayer room triggered the abrupt resignation of Rev. Michael Bechard, Western's Roman Catholic chaplain, and four other chaplains from the UWO Chaplains' Association in protest.
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