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Cemeteries refuse to bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Cemeteries refuse to bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev


From the New Hampshire Register

A Yale Divinity School graduate says he is willing to donate one of his burial plots at a Mt. Carmel cemetery to the family of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“The only condition is that I do it in memory of my mother who taught Sunday School at the Mt. Carmel Congregational Church for forty years and taught me to love thine enemy,” Paul Douglas Keane wrote on his blog, The Anti-Yale. “I own the plot. No one can refuse me access.”

Read reaction of the mayor here.

According to USAToday cemeteries around Boston are refusing to allow the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be buried.

As Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body lies in a Worcester, Mass., funeral home, the question looms: What to do with the corpse of a person suspected of a crime that horrified and terrorized a nation?


Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s body was rejected by several funeral homes until Graham Putnam & Mahoney agreed to handle the service. “We take an oath to do this,” funeral director Peter Stefan said. “Can I pick and choose? No. Can I separate the sins from the sinners? No.”

According to Muslim beliefs:

“Cremation is not an option for a Muslim. The body must be buried underground, said Council on American-Islamic Relations spokeswoman Yasmin Nouh.

Later reports say:

Stefan said Monday that Tsarnaev’s mother, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, wants the body returned to Russia, where Tamerlan Tsarnaev was born and where his parents returned after the family lived in Massachusetts.”

Read more here and here. What are your thoughts?


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Eric Bonetti

How deeply offensive that somehow folks feel that refusing to bury the remains of this man rights a wrong. I understand that there may be concerns that his grave might be vandalized, but this often handled by not disclosing the location, or leaving it unmarked. Beyond that, these are still the remains of a human being, made in the image of the divine, and deserving of respect. Of course he is entitled to a respectful burial, in accordance with his religious beliefs.

Eric Bonetti

Tom Sramek, Jr.

I agree with Mr. Keane. Jesus said “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” I don’t believe any exceptions were made. That doesn’t mean we excuse what he did, it doesn’t mean we forget all about it, but it does mean that we treat his body with the respect he would likely not have afforded us.


I saw the poster of one of the hate-filled demonstrators: “If you bury him, we’ll unbury him!”

Tell me again how we’re supposedly so morally superior to the Islamists?

For the love of God/Allah, bury him *somewhere* (and Christians, extend the utmost in Christ-like compassion in enabling that to happen ASAP).

JC Fisher

Jason Wells

The Boston Globe reports (click here) that there is a willing funeral home and a number of willing donors for graves. The problem isn’t having a plot, it’s having the action blocked by the city council.

Massachusetts law requires that every community provide a place to bury its residents, but Cambridge itself is refusing to comply. It’s a shame that nameless city officials want to hide behind their offices rather than honoring human rights and perform a work of mercy.

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