Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Texas Christians debate Muslims over religious freedom

By Sara Horn
A Palestinian woman and a girl carry flowers to a family grave on Eid al-Fitr at a cemetery in Gaza City July 28, 2014. In Farmersville, Texas, a proposal to build a Muslim cemetery is being met by resistance from some, and from others, as a chance to demonstrate religious liberty.
TEXAS---Concerned citizens who packed into a local high school cafeteria for a town hall meeting in Farmersville last week to discuss a proposed Muslim cemetery agree on one thing - there is very little agreement to be found in the meeting itself, but they can agree fear and divided opinions remain. With a population just over 3,000, the town made national headlines this summer when a proposal for to build a Muslim cemetery was brought before a May 28 Planning and Zoning meeting. Alarmed citizens have shown up at every public meeting since -- with standing room only -- to protest and voice concern. [link]