Tensions boil in TX town over planned cemetery for Muslims...
DALLAS (Reuters) - Plans for a cemetery for Muslims on the outskirts of a small North Texas town have sparked a backlash among some local residents who said they fear it will bring radical Islam and terrorism to their doorsteps.
The Islamic Association of Collin County purchased 34 acres to develop a cemetery in the sleepy burg of Farmersville because the closest Muslim burial ground is rapidly running out of space.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area already has three Muslim cemeteries, all developed and run for years without incident.
Residents in this town of 3,400 about 45 miles northeast of Dallas packed a community meeting on Tuesday night arranged by Farmersville city officials, who tried to convince locals there was nothing to fear and the planned religious burial ground will meet state standards.
Many were doubtful.
Resident Barbara Ashcraft told the Dallas Morning News after the meeting: "People don't trust Muslims. Their goal is to populate the United States and take it over."
Local Islamic leaders said residents' outrage reflects unwarranted paranoia of Muslims.