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Muslim Cemetery Plans Stir Outrage In Small Texas Town


Muslims in the small Texan town of Farmersville are protesting plans for a cemetery in their city limits. Pictured: A Tennessee mosque was the subject of protest, arson and vandalism during a four-year legal battle led by residents opposed to the plans, Aug. 10, 2012. Reuters/Harrison McClary

A normally quiet town of 3,000 in Texas has been up in arms in recent weeks over plans to bring an Islamic cemetery within their city limits. More than 100 residents packed a Farmersville City Council meeting Tuesday night to express their concern.

“It is my duty and my right to warn when there is a danger,” one resident said, according to the website of WFAA-TV, an ABC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth. Another resident warned that the cemetery would “kill Farmersville.”

The cemetery has been proposed by five Islamic centers in Collin County, the county within which Farmersville is located. Khalid Abdur-Rashid, a resident scholar at an Islamic association, said the anger is rooted in misinformation over plans for the land.

“Some thought it was a mosque going to be built. Others thought it was a training ground,” Abdur-Rashid said. “We want to be very clear that this is a cemetery,” he said.

Some residents took issue with how Muslims bury their dead, KTVT-TV, a local CBS affiliate, reported. Muslims typically bury their dead immediately, and rather than using a coffin, the corpse is shrouded in a white cloth and placed directly into the ground.

“When somebody dies they bury them at that time. They don’t know whether they were shot, diseased or anything else. All they do is wrap them in a sheet from the grave and bury them,” town resident Troy Gosnell said.


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