The pastor said he’s responded to the complaints by lowering the volume and moved the bells from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., but he says they’re not going to turn off the bells completely.
Centuries ago, I *suppose* there might have been a purpose in religious places instituting loud blaring “calls to prayer.” But we have these things now called “alarm clocks” and “phones” and such. So the use of such systems *now* smacks less of reminding people what time it is, and more of “lookit me, lookit me.” I wonder if the primary handbook of Da Church has anything to say on the subject. Hmmm…
6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.