If you believe that the Tea Party actually values religious freedom, then we have a bridge for sale in New Jersey (no promises if that bridge will actually be open)! Scott DesJarlais, who you may remember as the shining example of humanity who told a brave little girl that he would deport her father as a Tea Party crowd cheered his viciousness, and pressured his mistress to get an abortion despite his very vocal “pro-life” stance (It’s OK–he says God forgives him!), has once again placed the Tea Party’s “values” on display for the world to mock.
Recently, three people spoke against a recently-approved proposal to allow a cemetery to be built at a Murfreesboro, TN mosque. While proponents of the measure saw this as an opportunity to prevent an entire religious group from having to drive to Burlington, N.C. for burials, others saw the exercise of local Muslims’ right to have a place for burials as a burden on the community.
Despite that there will be no markings to indicate that the site is a graveyard and no marked graves, Nancy Combs, who lives near the site, complained that she would see it from her house, and that the neighborhood would lose its “residential character” if an unmarked graveyard were present. She added that the local Muslims who would be buried at the site and the local Muslims who operate the center “have no commitment to the neighborhood,” a claim even Creeping Sharia contests, pointing out that “The cemetery is private and only congregation members will be buried on site.”
Averett Witcher, the pastor of nearby Glenwood Memorial Baptist Church expressed concern that another religious group’s funeral services would inhibit locals’ ability to make it to his church. In Godly fashion, he added that the unmarked graveyard would decrease property values–a concern shared by the third individual who showed up to oppose the measure in early January, who does not live in the area but fears that the value of property she owns will drop if Muslims are given the ability to follow their burial rites without driving to North Carolina.
Despite that the measure passed, politicians are voicing their concerns regarding the mosque–notably Rep. DesJarlais.
Yes. you are reading that correctly: DesJarlais is lamenting the 2009 Tennessee Religious Freedom Act, which states that ““no government entity shall substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.” While he may be correct that this played a key role in protecting the rights of area Muslims, what actually played a key role is that the mosque’s plans met all zoning requirements for a cemetery.
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has faced a great deal of backlash in the past from the community, but it can be said that this is an improvement in community attitude toward the local Muslims. At least no one tried to burn anything on the property to the ground, this time.
Now, please take a look back at this compassionate TEApublican’s love of his fellow man: