Despite fierce opposition from local residents, planning and zoning commission members unanimously approved the final concept plans for a 34-acre Muslim cemetery in Farmersville, TX, a Christian town of only about 3,000 people.
NBC DFW Jack Hawkins, a Farmersville landowner, said he was strongly opposed to the cemetery and the Muslim religion in general. “If I had my way, I would outlaw it in America. And I would tear down every mosque that was in this country. That’s the way I feel about it,” Hawkins said.
Resident said that one of their main concern was the way in which Muslims inter their dead (In shrouds with NO caskets in the ground). Pastor David Meeks, of the Bethlehem Baptist Church, was one of the most vocal opponents in 2015 – opposition he said has only grown stronger.
“From what I hear, from my perspective, is that people are really more concerned than before,” Meeks said. “There have been terrible, drastic things happen in the world through radical Islamic terrorism, and any thought of that coming to our community just brings and harbors anxiousness, you know, that we’re concerned with.”