A grieving family may have to exhume their grandfather and move his body to a different location after a Muslim family who owned a plot next to the burial site complained that the man was a non-believer.
After more than 400 people showed up to pay their respects to 89-year-old Shadrack Smith, who was buried on January 30, the family were told that Smith’s grave may have to be moved despite them paying £2,500 pounds for three plots in a “multi-faith” cemetery.
The Muslim family is demanding that Smith’s body be moved and the local council will meet tomorrow to make a final decision on the matter. Smith’s body was buried facing his home in the Romany gipsy tradition, a community in which he was a popular figure.
After the funeral, the principal officer of the council wrote to Smith’s family asking if they would consider moving his body to a different plot. The family were also asked if their third plot could be used to plant a hedge to separate it from the plot owned by the Muslim family.
“This whole thing has devastated our family,” Smith’s daughter-in-law, Tracey Smith, told the Telegraph.
“We were told when we bought the plots that it was a multi-faith cemetery and it is, but the council has been so unsupportive,” she added, noting how, “the council has tried to bend over backwards to please the Muslim family.”
The family has promised to fight tooth and nail to prevent Smith from being exhumed.
Author and commentator Pamela Geller, who was banned from entering the UK in 2013 over her vehement criticism of radical Islam, says the story highlights how the United Kingdom is being subsumed by the creeping imposition of Sharia law.
“The cemetery should have kicked these vicious ghouls out — but instead, a beloved figure faces exhumation. Death apartheid,” comments Geller, who notes that the rules for the cemetery make no mention of segregation based on religion.
“The UK is gone. My banning pales next to what we are witnessing in that once-great nation,” she wrote.”Either they will just go quietly, subsumed by Islam, or there will be a civil war. I suspect the former.”
“It’s like the world is under some sort of evil spell,” notes Geller, asking if “seventh-century apartheid and sharia” is about to be imposed in the UK.
“Of course, the proper solution is to tell the Muslims that if they don’t want to have their loved ones buried in a public, non-denominational cemetery then they should move their dead relative and shut the hell up about it,” writes Warner Todd Huston.
“This is yet another example of the arrogance, hate, and incivility of Islam. Worse, it is another example of a spineless western government wringing hands over antisocial Muslim intransigence.”
The story highlights concerns about Muslims being treated as a superior class of citizen over fears of local authorities being labeled racist.
In the aftermath of the Rotherham rape scandal, it emerged that the Labour government council in the town had covered-up the systematic sexual abuse and trafficking of mainly young white girls by Muslim rape gangs due to concerns of being seen as “politically incorrect”.
Last year, Paul Weston, chairman of Liberty GB, was arrested after he gave a speech which quoted remarks made by Winston Churchill about Islam. Weston was arrested on charges of “religious or racial harassment” after a member of the public complained.