All I can say to this one is... "What the...?"
While it is good on one side to have diversity and enjoy it, on the other side, if this is not done correctly, it can lead to problems down the line.
On one hand I am happy this is being suggested, on the other, I am worried that Oxford will end up as the front line in petty religious issues as a result. I agree with both Bishop Pritchard and Bishop Nazir-Ali (strange huh?). This needs to be carefully regulated in order to prevent this being an excuse to open the floodgates to requests of the Muslim communities in non-Muslim countries, to become demands under the claim of "it is our right to do so."
Where I am, the loudest Adhans are the 1st one of the day... not because everything else is quiet, but because it IS
the loudest. I can barely hear the noon and afternoon prayer calls... but that 4am one... *yikes*
What next? Blaring prayers over the megaphones on the English countryside?
There needs to be a volume monitor as well as other measures to prevent abuse on this if it's gonna be done right... otherwise, scrap the plan !
We Muslims don't have to have it our way over others all the time! In Bali, prayer calls are regulated after concerns of religious problems, because the Balinese Hindus holiest day of the year is the "Nyepi", ie: Quiet day... which is like the strictest Sabbath, but this is from the sundown, to the next sundown, to the next sunrise. No prayer calls allowed from Mosques during that time, no church bells... heck, U can be arrested for honking! LOL. So one day, Eid happened on the same day as Nyepi... in the end, everyone agreed that it's best to respect the requirements of the majority on the island.
Our cathedral is across the street from our national mosque. This being a Muslim majority country, the cathedral's bells can only be rung on significant days of the catholic calendar. So, I don't expect Adhans in Oxford to go on unregulated.
There's a thin difference between enjoying diversity and having it shoved down one's throat. Looks like my concern years back of the UK becoming the Great Islamic Republic of Britain is still valid, albeit not a significant one.
Is Bishop Pritchard playing foolish PR