Mar 1 2013
So far, so good. Kentucky community’s rejection of Islamic cemetery hasn’t yet been overturned by Obama’s DOJ
Rarely has a simple 10-acre tract of land so united a community. The board by a 5-1 vote rejected the conditional-use change from agricultural in the unincorporated area of Bullitt County. The sale to the Louisville Islamic Center was contingent upon the change.
Courier Journal The Islamic center last week decided not to appeal and will look for cemetery land elsewhere. “The overwhelming sentiment of the crowd was a little bit disheartening,” said Ozair Sharif, a Louisville attorney and board member of the Islamic center.
But the staunch opposition to a proposed Islamic cemetery near the eastern edge of Mount Washington wasn’t as uncomplicated as it appeared. Strongly voiced objections on religious grounds were numerous at a recent meeting of the county board of adjustments, but they were hardly the only reasons residents on and around Hubbard Lane wanted to stop the plan.
Residents said they were concerned about:
• Increased traffic on Hubbard Lane.
• Possible vandalism of the cemetery from those who oppose Islam’s presence in Bullitt.
• Kids having to ride their bikes past a cemetery when there are no other cemeteries in the immediate area.
• Groundwater safety and other environmental issues.