U.C. removes church pews to accomodate Muslim prayer

pewsMultiple sources are reporting that the University of Chicago removed pews from an 88-year old chapel to accommodate Islamic prayers.

This photo via Campus Reform shows the chapel before the pews were removed last year.

Chicago NPR affiliate, WBEZ news, reported on May 23, the pews, which are now part of display at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, were “removed in order to provide Muslim students a place to pray.”

Literature describing the artwork that was created by UC Director of Arts and Public Life Theaster Gates, also describes the removal of the pews as symbol of religious tolerance.

“The pews were recently removed from the chapel in order to offer Muslim students a place to pray, a symbolic gesture of religious tolerance,” according to an official description of the exhibit which includes a “set of repurposed pews from the University of Chicago’s campus church.”

A spokesperson for UC also appeared to confirm the reason for the pews’ removal in a statement emailed to Campus Reform on Friday.

“The benches were removed… to make Bond Chapel a more appropriate comfortable space for its many uses: ceremonial, spiritual, and artistic,” said Susie Allen.

Allen, however, said the primary purpose for the change, which was part of a broader renovation, was to “accommodate the installation of a Boroque-style organ.”

The UC Muslim Student Association (MSA) also announced in its 2012-2013 edition of The Complete Muslims Guide to UChicago that Friday prayers would be held in the chapel once renovation was complete.

“Bond Chapel is where Friday prayers will be held once construction is over,” it says.

“Insha’Allah, Jumuah prayer will be held in Bond Chapel every Friday this quarter,” reads another announcement on the MSA Chicago website.

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13 Responses to U.C. removes church pews to accomodate Muslim prayer

  1. Nam Marine says:

    Wake up America ! Muslims are the ENEMY !

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  2. libsarescum says:

    This country is f….ked

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  3. MUSLIMS RECOGNIZED JESUS AS A PROPHET OF ISLAM.THE ONLY ISSUE WITH CATHOLICISM IS THE CASE OF TRINITY WHICH PROCLAIM JESUS AS SON OF GOD.QURAN THE FINAL TESTAMENT STATED THAT THE ONLY RELIGION ACCEPTABLE TO GOD IS SUBMISSION~ISLAM WHILE OTHERS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.THESE DIFFERENCES CAN BE SOLVE AMICABLE AND IN THE FUTURE MORE CHRISTIANS WILL EMBRACE ISLAM AND CHURCHES WILL BE CONVERTED TO MOSQUES!THE EMERGENCE OF SATANIC GOVERNMENT WITH THE LIKES OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH CALLS FOR UNIFICATION OF THE TWO MAJOR RELIGIONS BY SOLVING THOSE BASIC TENETS!Q3: 85~[ANYONE WHO ACCEPTS OTHER THAN SUBMISSION(ISLAM) AS A RELIGION,IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FROM HIM,AND IN THE HEREAFTER,HE WILL BE WITH THE LOSERS]..

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    • Perceptive Perceptio says:

      You sound like a Muslim… Isn't it ironic that Muslims abhor Christianity and yet will worship in their remodeled churches and find this perfectly acceptable?

      Remember that the prayers of Christians went up to God in those churches, all in the Name of Jesus Christ.

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  4. Richard says:

    Islam is not compatible with Christianity at all.

    "Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran 2:191
    “Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123
    “When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5
    “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran 3:85
    “The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them.”… Koran 9:30
    “Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam” Koran 5:33
    “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water;
    melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19
    “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them.” Koran 8:65
    “Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.” Koran 3:28
    “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.”
    Koran 8:12
    “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.” Koran 8:60

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  5. Arizona says:

    America might want to wonder what the LORD ment, when HE SAID, "I'am not going to apologize to sodom and gomora,………….he was speaking about america……………

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  6. Arizona says:

    FOR the last month,hundreds of thousands of NATO troops are coming into american military bases,the monroe doctrine,is being ingnored,we have a FULL BLOWN invasion taking place in america as we speak,GET READY,……"RED DAWN"…is about to become real,stop what your doing,AND GET READY……………………………….

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  7. Bill says:

    this is a national disgrace and i can only pray that you all get destroyed in Chicago for your paganism and hedonism. the government up their is loaded with black islamic anarchists and should be disbanded , it has become the habitation of every unclean and fowl bird or spirit. tits all tribalism now, just like in Africa.

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  8. bt says:

    What about Christian tolerance? See what they are doing to Christians in the military. Wind storm visiting Chicago today. There is One God Creator of heaven and earth, the Great I Am.

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  9. JD says:

    Out of here. Time to leave the country. Am not really that faithful but am not an idiot regarding muslims. Some are OK but by and large I've noticed they are worse than your craziest fundamentalist cult by 200%. Sorry they condone killing the infidel. I swear it must be the flouridated water as I am marveling too much for my liking at stupidity these days.
    They also are in CA and if you say boo wrong they will scream and shout. And there will be lezbo feminista preacher lady to defend them. Satan is really having his way these days with America.

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  10. tarzan9600 says:

    IMO it's not religious tolerance ,It's more like religious bully or blackmailing.
    We must stand up , many sign like this smwhere else; We know but we do nothing,only let them do what they want and push and push.
    So let's get together, we are much more than them; Let gang up on them before they do that to US.We are civil people and know the rule,-Let's settle in court when it's necessary.

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  11. SEM says:

    Tarzan,

    I totally agree with you. This is part of a caliphate they are trying to accomplish and anyone denying this fact is purely blind. THey have said it publicaly.

    They don't tolerate the infidels now do they, Why do they expect us to tolerate them? Stop pretending what is going on is not going on. WAKE UP. They are killing Christian in their own countries, what do you think they will do when they have the numbers here?

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!

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  12. Wendy says:

    Tarzan,

    I also totally agree!

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