Update: Call to Prayer in Hamtramck Mich Gets Final OK

July 21, 2004

Source: AP


On July 21, 2004 the Associated Press reported that in Hamtramck Michigan, "residents of this once-predominantly Polish city on Tuesday upheld an amendment to the city's noise ordinance, a victory for those in favor of allowing mosques to issue the call to prayer over loudspeakers. The vote, which supporters of the prayer calls acknowledged was merely symbolic, was 1,462 to 1,200, or 55 percent to 45 percent... The council's action provoked an outcry among some longtime residents of Hamtramck, a city of 23,000 people that is surrounded by Detroit. In recent years, the city has seen a rapid influx of immigrants from Bangladesh, Yemen and other countries."