Recently, a mosque in Sweden’s Växjö received permission to broadcast their high decibel, eardrum-shattering and offensive Muslim Call to Prayer five times a day. But when the St. Michael’s Church applied for a wake-up call for church services in the same city, they received a ‘no’, newspaper Smålandsposten reports.
Voice of Europe (h/t Maurice) According to priest Ingvar Fogelqvist, the town rejected his requests to ring the bell because the sound of it could “disturb the area”. Fogelqvist’s requests were two times rejected two times.
He believes that the ringing is a nice old Christian tradition that his church would like to be able to use and it “would make the Catholic Church a bit more visible here in the community”.
After the local mosque is now allowed to broadcast its 110 decibels Calls to Prayer, the church may now apply to ring bells outside.
Fogelqvist tells Metro newspaper: “It is a matter of fairness and with the decision granting the mosque permission to do a call to prayer, we have discussed the possibility of applying again.”