GOP Congressman Blasts Proposal for Muslim Cemetery
"I am deeply concerned over the impact it might have on our community," says Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) is "Nashville Scene.. He expressed his anxiety about the cemetery project in a post on his Facebook page Friday afternoon. The comment was first noted by the
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, which is building the cemetery, has been a lightning rod for criticism from religious conservatives (including GOP Rep. Diane Black, who represents Murfreesboro), who have accused its members of plotting a stealth jihad against fellow American citizens. In 2010, opponents of a mosque expansion project filed a lawsuit to block it, arguing that the Islamic center was not protected by the First Amendment because Islam is not a real religion. According to the plaintiff's lawyer, the Islamic center would by default promote spousal abuse and pedophilia, which he considered to be core tenets of Islam. The building site was damaged by arson in 2010 before finally opening two years ago.