Wednesday, January 05, 2005

TOLERANCE, TENNESSEE STYLE

By Stockton


Tenn. Muslims Face Resistance to Plans
Sun Dec 26, 2004

By WOODY BAIRD, Associated Press Writer

SOMERVILLE, Tenn. - Muslims planned to turn an old sod farm near Memphis into a cemetery, but angry neighbors protested, complaining the burial ground could become a staging ground for terrorists or spread disease from unembalmed bodies.

It was not the first time a group faced opposition when trying to build a cemetery or a mosque, but the dispute stood out for the clarity of its anti-Muslim rhetoric.
"We know for a fact that Muslim mosques have been used as terrorist hideouts and centers for terrorist activities," farmer John Wilson told members of a planning commission last month.

When the Town Crier announced news of the proposed Muslim cemetery, tempers flared. Farmer John and other angry villagers marched to the proposed site to put it to the torch. The local constabulary blocked their way and used magical lights, sirens and noisy 'Boom-Sticks' to disperse the crowd.

Angry peasants try to protect their village


Quick-thinking constabulary save the day


Farmer John remains steadfast. "If the Outlanders want to be able to do whatever they like, they should move to America."



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