A Dallas Morning News columnist offered this take on the furor caused by a proposed Muslim cemetery in rural Texas:
Muslim cemetery near Farmersville scares the wits out of some
Watch this video from a Dallas television station, and it's hard to argue with that assessment.
But here at GetReligion, we focus on news coverage, not opinion articles. Blah. Blah. Blah.
So how'd the Morning News do covering this controversy as a news story?
FARMERSVILLE — There’s a Buddhist meditation center on the outskirts of town, and a Mormon church recently opened along Audie Murphy Parkway.
But it’s the prospect of an Islamic cemetery that has upset some residents in this Collin County city with a population of fewer than 4,000. In shops along the brick-lined streets of the quaint downtown area, many wonder, “Why Farmersville?”
“The concern for us is the radical element of Islam,” David J. Meeks, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, said of the Islamic Association of Collin County’s plan to build a cemetery west of the city.
While a cemetery seems benign enough, the pastor is convinced that it will be the start of a Muslim enclave in the heart of this rural community.
“They will expand,” Meeks said firmly. “How can we stop a mosque or madrassa training center from going in there?”