You can’t imagine how much I hate the loud, cheesy, obnoxiously sectarian chimes that ring in the cemetary near my house — they’re so loud that we have to close up all the windows in my house all summer long, unless we really want to listen to hymns every 15 minutes. They were briefly shut off for a while last year when someone cut the cables — really, I’m not the only one who hates them — and that ass, Ted Storck, who had them installed and lives nowhere near them had them repaired, and then wrote to accuse me of having done it.
That ass Storck is back in the local paper, after he was asked to TURN DOWN THE FUCKING NOISE. He was not happy at being told to stop banging on and poisoning the atmosphere around here.
I have good news and bad news.
The good news is for those who don’t like the chimes at Calvary and Summit cemeteries, and the bad news is for those who like the chimes.
Morris City Manager Blaine Hill, citing a city noise ordinance, asked that the volume of the chimes be reduced, and that has been done.
He said a student, who lives in Pine Hall on the UMM campus, complained about the chimes.
So he asked for residents of Pine Hall to let him know their thoughts on the chimes. He said nine responded, with seven saying “let them ring,” while two, including the original complainant, were against the chimes.
The minority won out, and Hill asked that the volume be reduced. Hill did say that during burials the volume may be raised to reach the burial area.
So now if you visit the cemeteries and don’t hear the chimes, you know why.
I’ve heard a different version of his poll. The students were asked, two complained, and the other seven said “meh.” But really, what a mistake…to cite a sloppy poll in an argument with me (and all the other residents of this neighborhood — I haven’t heard any of them support the racket, and many are just as pissed as I am). So I’m going to fight back with his own tactics.
I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that turning down the volume was not adequate — I can still hear the beastly things. The good news is that I have created…an internet poll so you can express your opinion of loud Christian chimes.
I don’t know 0%
I don’t expect those percentages to stay quite so perfect, since right now there’s only one vote there (mine), but go ahead, charge in.
Of course, you could also write to the Morris city council directly. Unless you’re a local resident, you should stick to politely explaining that as a matter of principle, the local noise ordinances ought to be impartially enforced, and special privileges not given to religious groups that want to harangue the populace at 15 minute intervals with religious music.
By the way, I also wrote a reply to Storck’s letter to the local newspaper — I just got notified that it’ll be published on Sunday. Here you go, you get a sneak peek:
I have good news and bad news.
The good news is that the city has finally taken a step to enforce its own noise ordinances and turn down the volume on Ted Storck’s unpleasant ‘gift’ to my neighborhood, the chimes at the Calvary and Summit cemeteries. It’s about time; the incessant racket, with hymns played every 15 minutes, has plagued us for years.
The bad news is that they’re still overly loud, overly frequent, and play all day long. The improvement is slight, and the content is still objectionable — as a non-Christian, I am not pleased to have religious music cheesily banged on at me every time I step outside the house. How would you feel if a mosque were installed in town, and five times a day a muezzin made an extremely amplified call to Muslim prayers? We have something similar, only it’s more like 60 times a day.
Mr Storck seems to take some stock in polls. I therefore put a poll on my website, asking “Should the chimes in Morris be turned off permanently?” In the first hour, it got 150 votes, 95% of them in the affirmative. I think my position wins.
But I’m willing to compromise. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to play the chimes during funerals (we all hope there won’t be too many of them!), and perhaps a few times a day on special holidays. I don’t object at all to the weekly church bells from the Catholic church, and would similarly have no problem with playing the chimes for occasional events. But the constant din has to end.
An acceptable alternative would be if every half hour, the chimes instead played from a selection of atheist music. Say, something from Slayer, Metallica, Immolation, Bad Religion, or Nine Inch Nails. That small portion of the community which does not object to the noise — they seem largely to live far away from the chimes — couldn’t possibly object to that, could they?