We don't have bells. We have bell towers, but, no bells.
I can't believe what I'm reading.
Does this apply to all Christian denominations? What about minarets?
Sadly this is true in some 'enlightened' communities in the USA. Fortunately not so much in the older areas or even in the North East, but...
It is ironic that many of the same voices who so decried Soviet Russia for oppressing the Faith and melting down bells and today decry 'big government' have no problem whatsoever in passing so-called "property protective" local laws and ordinances under the disguise of 'noise abatement' to silence church bells and yes - minarets in what is supposed to be a free country.
Of course they will tell you the law is supposed to cover loud music, bars etc... but the reality is that any noise bothers most folks. Believe me, I worked in local government for years and 'good Christian folks' were always calling the police about such 'nuisances' as church bells, processions and funerals.
The real ideology of America is NIMBY - not in my back yard - as our real god here is selfish individualism above all else as a culture.