Muslim Cemetery Plan Scares Folks in Farmersville

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FARMERSVILLE  -- Farmersville, a quiet town of over 3,000 residents isn't known for making headlines -- until now.

"I am so disappointed with you all," a concerned resident told City Council leaders.

"I've heard a lot of stuff in the news and that's unfortunately where I was able to hear what was going on," James Moss, who lives in Farmersville, said.

What's going on is outrage over a proposed Islamic cemetery on land owned by the Islamic Association of Collin County. If approved, it would sit between County Road 557 and 380 East.

About 100 folks packed the city council meeting Wednesday, shoulder-to-shoulder, to see that it doesn't happen.

Their concerns?  How the dead will be buried.

"They just wrap them in a sheet and place them maybe two or three feet underground. They don't embalm them," Patricia Munroe, who lives in nearby Nevada City, said.

They're also concerned that the cemetery would be the first step to inviting Muslims into their community.

"I do not want the Muslim cemetery, nor a mosque, nor any training center here," Pastor David Meeks of Bethlehem Baptist Church said. "I feel it's a real threat to our community, to our country. Islamic religion is a religion of hate, religion of violence."

"Discrimination is not always bad. I should be able to say that because I am a black man," Moss said.

City council says the Islamic Association of Collin County has made it clear there will be no training center, no terrorist activity, no mosque, and that all burials will consist of a wooden casket in a concrete vault.

In the end, it will be up to the Farmersville City Council who right now may want to dig themselves a hole to hide in.  Their constituents definitely aren't happy with them.