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Officials in Small NY Town Want Muslim Cemetery to Go
by Mara Gay
Officials in the small town of Sidney, N.Y., want to stop a Muslim community center from burying bodies in a cemetery on its own land.
Town officials say the burial ground is illegal. "You can't just come bury somebody in your yard," Sidney Town Supervisor Bob McCarthy told AOL News in a phone interview.
The town, located about 100 miles southwest of Albany, has demanded that Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani Dergahi, a Sufi Muslim community center, shut down the cemetery and remove the two bodies already interred there. But Hans Hass, the leader of the center, which bought the land years ago, says the cemetery is legal and claims the town is acting out of anti-Muslim sentiment.
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