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Is this ‘security threat’ the reason Duke cancelled Muslim call-to-prayer?

A woman claims she was placed under investigation after calling Duke University to complain about the university’s now-canceled plan to allow a student group to issue a weekly Muslim call-to-prayer from the school’s bell tower.

The woman, identified only as “Pam,” told the Daily Caller that she called the Duke men’s basketball team Thursday after she heard of the plan to allow the call-to-prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower each Friday.

“I called the basketball department because Duke basketball is big and with the Final Four coming up I wanted them to know that their fans aren’t going to be fans much longer if they keep doing this stuff,” she told the Daily Caller.

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Duke students show support for Duke Muslims on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Photo credit Christine T. Nguyen|The Herald-Sun

“If you want to do this kind of thing, well then it’s going to hit you in the pocketbook,” she added. ”Maybe the sponsors will turn away when they do stuff like this that infuriates American citizens.”

Apparently, that was enough for Duke to launch an investigation into the phone call, according to the Daily Caller.

Pam said she received two phone calls from a number she didn’t know within 45 minutes.

When she called back, she said she spoke to a woman who identified herself as a Duke police officer who said she was doing an investigation.

According to Pam, she was dumbfounded as to why her call would warrant an investigation and told the officer she wanted to file a complaint for harassment. She said the officer asked her, “Who are you going to complain to?”

Is one woman’s phone call of complaint the “credible and serious security threat” university spokesman Michael Schoenfeld told CNN caused Duke to cancel the call-to-prayer plan?

Duke did not respond to requests for comment, the Daily Caller reported.

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Carmine Sabia

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