Aug 30 2015
Now that a South Carolina Zoning Board has rejected a plan for a Muslim cemetery in Rock Hill, perhaps they will find a way to keep living ones from moving in.
Herald Online After a contentious public hearing where several residents opposed a Muslim cemetery in a Rock Hill neighborhood – including one woman who admitted she was not being “politically correct” or “nice” but said she was scared of what would go on inside a proposed Muslim cemetery fence – the cemetery was shot down Tuesday night by the city’s zoning board of appeals.
Members of the Islamic Center of South Carolina, which operates a mosque in Rock Hill, want the cemetery to perform burials in traditional Islamic fashion (no caskets allowed), but the zoning board voted three for, three against, which left the measure defeated.
The decision drew big applause from a packed City Council chambers filled with people against the cemetery. Muslim leaders were dismayed by not just the vote but what they said seemed like prejudice against Muslims. (Seemed like? No, IS)
Nazir Cheema, a Muslim Rock Hill resident and leader of the effort to build the cemetery said, “If this cemetery did not have the word Muslim, it would have been different. Are we not Americans? Do we not love America? (Nope)