Debate Brews over Proposal for Muslim Cemetery in Texas Town
Controversy is brewing over a proposal to bring a Muslim cemetery to a Texas town.
A town hall meeting will be held tonight in Farmersville, Texas, to discuss the Islamic Association of Collin County’s proposal to use a 35-acre tract of land as a Muslim cemetery.
Some opponents say that a Muslim cemetery could bring radical Islam to the area, but the Islamic Association says it just needs a place to bury the dead.
The Islamic Association says it has received death threats over the proposal, KDFW’s Saul Garza reported this morning on "Fox and Friends." The association also claims that some people have threatened to pour pig blood on the site to keep the association from building a cemetery there.
"This is not an issue about religion; this is an issue about human dignity," said the Islamic Association's resident scholar Khalil Abdur-Rashid. He said all this anger stems from misinformation and confusion.
"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."
It would be a final resting place primarily for Muslims, he said, but added the board is working on a special application process that would allow interfaith burials.