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Anger over plan to dig up 350,000 bodies in historic London cemetery for Muslim burial site[UK]
Daily Mail ^ | 11 Oct 2007 | Daily Mail

Posted on 10/11/2007 10:58:41 AM PDT by BGHater

A row has erupted over a plan to dig up a third of a million bodies from an historic east London cemetery to make way for a new Muslim burial site.

Tower Hamlets council in London is considering reopening the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Mile End to answer a long-running campaign for a Muslim graveyard in the area.

The park, off Bow Common Lane, was deconsecrated as a Church of England cemetery by Parliament in 1966, after being deemed full with about 350,000 bodies buried there.

It is not yet clear what the Council proposes to do with the remains, if they are ultimately removed from the graves and a new burial site built in their place.

Council sources have said the plans are not yet at a stage where this has been properly considered.

But already opponents to the proposal are lining up. They include the environmentalist and broadcaster, who is leading calls for the park to be kept as a wildlife haven.

The botanist, who is patron of a charity that acts as the guardian of the graveyard, said he will 'pray that the wisdom of all faiths' prevails in the decision over the cemetery's future.

The other options are to find land outside Tower Hamlets or redevelop the Bow Common gas works.

The Labour-controlled council had asked officers to find ways of opening a Muslim-only cemetery - but lawyers warned them that would be illegal.

The authority then examined the possibility of a multi-faith site, clearing existing graves to create a new cemetery with an area set aside for Muslim burials.

But now outraged East Enders have declared "there is no way we'll allow them to dig up our ancestors".

They have bombarded their local paper, the East London Advertiser, with protests against the plan to exhume 350,000 graves dating back to 1841, including those of the children of Dr Barnardo.

Religious leaders and politicians have also reacted angrily.

Tower Hamlets Tory group leader Peter Golds said no new cemetery had been opened in an inner city area for decades.

Cllr Golds insisted: "Of course, there must be respect for the recent dead and for those who mourn, but this proposal will cause untold damage to community cohesion in a borough that seriously wants for tranquil open space."

Labour's Poplar and Canning Town MP Jim Fitzpatrick said: "The cemetery is a very special piece of green space and I would personally want to examine very carefully any proposal to change that."

The Rev Alan Green, chair of the Tower Hamlets Inter-Faith Forum and dean for the borough, said the former Church of England graveyard was not an 'appropriate' place for a new cemetery.

Rev Green said: "The Church supports the move to ensure suitable future provision for the burial and cremation needs for all local residents.

"However, we do not believe that the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is an appropriate location due to the emotional, practical and ecological issues of removing thousands of bodies and destroying an important wildlife centre.

"Therefore, we hope that we can work with the council and other faith groups to find a more suitable alternative."

Even Respect group leader Abjol Miah, who has been at the forefront of calls for a Muslim cemetery, opposed the blueprint.

Mr Miah said: "The Bow cemetery is an historic site and a nature reserve and therefore appears not to be an appropriate place.

"However, there is an urgent need for new cemetery facilities for Tower Hamlets residents.

"The lack of such facilities affects everyone, and is pressing because many, including most Muslims, prefer to bury their loved ones."

But defending the plan, Labour's environment spokesman in Tower Hamlets, Abdal Ullah, said: "To preserve the respect and dignity for everyone, I think most of the graves would have to be cleared out and we'd start afresh."

He said a corner of the cemetery would be reserved for Muslims who are buried in shrouds at a depth of 6ft and on their side facing Mecca.

With the fast-changing demographics of Tower Hamlets, the cemetery would be pre-dominantly Muslim.

Re-opening the cemetery would require an Act of Parliament - involving widespread public consultation and scrutiny but by law, any graves more than 75 years old can be removed.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: burial; cemetery; crushislam; desecration; ghouls; immigration; islam; islamicimperialism; london; muhammadsminions; muslim; muslimlands; muslims; sacredground; stopislamization; uk; waronislamism
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To: BGHater
BBC Documentary On Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
21 posted on 10/11/2007 11:13:47 AM PDT by fishtank ("Patriotic Nationalism?" - YES!!!....."Globalist Multiculturalism?" - NO!!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,)
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To: BGHater

I know an old pig farm they can use...;-)


22 posted on 10/11/2007 11:14:08 AM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: BGHater

We’re winning the hot war and losing the cutural with the these pigs.


23 posted on 10/11/2007 11:14:22 AM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: vikingd00d

Well they are stained with the bodies of the monkey-pig sub-humans.


24 posted on 10/11/2007 11:15:11 AM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: BGHater

Cremate ‘em. Pig fat could be used as an accelerant.


25 posted on 10/11/2007 11:15:35 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: BGHater

This digging up of Christians so Muslims can buried—— This Will never happen

But just seeing it proposed shows how sick England is. Where is their pride in England and English heritage?

SICK SICK SICK-— Muslims are blood seeking sharks and they smell blood in the water here


26 posted on 10/11/2007 11:15:43 AM PDT by dennisw (France needs a new kind of immigrant one who is "selected, not endured" - Nicholas Sarkozy)
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To: donna
We are aborting our descendants with unparalleled blood thirst, our living children are turned into ineffectual and effeminate stooges in public indoctrination, and our pride and dignity is drowned in a sea of third world cultures all of which not only do not care one whit for us, but, in fact, mostly despise us.

This is suicide, not survival.
Or at least surviving might imply that there is some honorable battle going on. - But there is not.

27 posted on 10/11/2007 11:18:48 AM PDT by bill1952 (The 10 most important words for change: "If it is to be, it is up to me")
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To: BGHater

The Muslims will get away with anything they want until they come up against soccer, pubs, gambling and homosexuals.

Only then will the Brits notice that they been taken over.


28 posted on 10/11/2007 11:18:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: BGHater
I thought cemetery plots in the UK were owned by the person who was buried in them, or the person who did the burying, for 99 years?
29 posted on 10/11/2007 11:19:05 AM PDT by NYFriend
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To: BGHater

What exactly do they mean by “removed,” I wonder. I suspect that means the stone, any concrete liner, bits of casket (most liklely the hardware), etc. But I doubt it means relocating the remains elsewhere. If that were the case, why move them to a new location? Simply use that new location as the muslim cemetery. I know we in the states look at cemeteries as permanent resting places, that in Europe graves are good only for 25 years in some places. Still, dropping a muslim body on top of great-great-grandma’s bones would be more than most people could bear.


30 posted on 10/11/2007 11:21:42 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: dennisw

Terrorism awareness week-CLICK HERE

"Radical" islam is The Beast;
"Moderate" islam is the Trojan Horse.
Are prominent, articulate critics of radical Islam, entitled to the same free speech rights?


31 posted on 10/11/2007 11:23:55 AM PDT by B4Ranch (( "Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share." ))
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To: BGHater

For those of us with English Heritage...we need to comment on that Article and show our support at what a shameful plan is being proposed...it shouldnt even be a thought...

I dont think Britain is done, I think they’re getting to the tipping point of wholesale action...


32 posted on 10/11/2007 11:24:03 AM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: BGHater

In twenty years from now, Europe will look back at President Bush as the Second Coming which they ignored, tarred, feathered, and laughed at, but they will no longer be laughing.


33 posted on 10/11/2007 11:26:04 AM PDT by avacado (Republicans Destroyed Democrats' Most Cherished Institution: SLAVERY!)
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To: NYFriend
I thought cemetery plots in the UK were owned by the person who was buried in them, or the person who did the burying, for 99 years?

According to the article:

but by law, any graves more than 75 years old can be removed.

34 posted on 10/11/2007 11:26:04 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: BGHater

“Towers Hamlet council” introduced this. Look at who is on the council:

http://domino.towerhamlets.gov.uk/Web/CE_Members.nsf

I can pronounce 17 of the 51 names correctly...


35 posted on 10/11/2007 11:26:52 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: KarlInOhio

Perhaps parliment should pass a “Native British Burial Sites Act” that parrots the Native American Burial site act we have here. That way no one could ever touch those grave sites.


36 posted on 10/11/2007 11:37:01 AM PDT by RatSlayer
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To: B4Ranch; All

For those who don’t know, that flier was created by anti-conservative muslims. It is an altered version of what they circulated on the campus (as it refers to islamo-fascism whereas the muslims said it was “conservo-fascists” or something like that).


37 posted on 10/11/2007 11:43:17 AM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: BGHater
Another compelling reason to keep Muslims out of a Christian country.

Muslims are so arrogant that they will never assimilate into any modern civilized Christian community.

Can not assimilate folks who have 7 th century thinking with 21 th century ideals.

38 posted on 10/11/2007 11:46:35 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: donna; Professor

bttt

At some point we are all going to be forced to admit that western civilization does not deserve to survive.


39 posted on 10/11/2007 11:52:57 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: facedown
Britain is done.

A bold statement. You should yell it from the top of the Emerald-Green Empire State Building.

40 posted on 10/11/2007 11:59:03 AM PDT by agere_contra (Do not confuse the wealth of nations with the wealth of government - FDT)
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