4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire, and in not one of them can a non-Muslim be buried. “Confusion as mourners are turned away,” from the Times Online, with thanks to Douglas Murray:
A COUNCIL was accused last night of responding to the local government strike by barring burials at its cemetery for anyone who was not Muslim.
Funeral directors who attempted to arrange Christian interments at the council-run cemetery in Blackburn, Lancashire, were told that it would be closed throughout yesterday due to the industrial action.
Families were forced to re-arrange funeral plans and other mourners were told that they would not be allowed to visit the cemetery to read its book of remembrance.
Undertakers were subsequently outraged to discover that the closure would apply only to Christian burials.
The local authority had ruled that an emergency service would be provided for Muslims, who “” by religious tradition “” must be buried as soon as possible after their death.