The Islamic Society of Greater Worcester has proposed what would be the largest Muslim cemetery in the state in Dudley. But the graveyard is not welcomed by all residents, The Boston Globe reports.
During the town’s public hearings, residents have expressed concerns over well-water contamination, increased traffic, and the lack of necessity for another cemetery the small town, the Globe reported.
However, the organization is pushing for their proposal to go through because the next closest Muslim graveyard is 60 miles from Worcester, in Enfield, Connecticut, Amjad Bhatti, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester, told the Globe. He estimated that there are as many as 500 Muslim families living in Worcester County.
Supporters of the project told the Globe they feel the public hearings have also been filled with anti-Muslim bias, but interviewed residents said religious prejudice is not the reason they oppose the cemetery, which will go back before the town’s zoning board in April.
Read the full story at the Globe.