The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 19, 2013

Press 'shield law' is a bad idea


No one relishes the idea of playing host in perpetuity to a terrorist. And it’s fair to worry that his grave site could become a place of pilgrimage for jihadists — though they’d risk attracting FBI surveillance — or a draw for vandals.

A mental health counselor in Richmond, Martha Mullen, had made inquiries on her own initiative to find a place that would accept Mr. Tsarnaev for burial. She was put in touch with Islamic Funeral Services of Virginia, which runs the cemetery in Doswell. Officials of that group unequivocally condemned the Boston bombing but affirmed their duty to lay the alleged bomber’s body to rest.

Ms. Mullen, a Christian, said she had been the target of abuse for having acted to solve the problem. But she sounded a grace note. “Certainly [the Boston bombing] was a horrific act, but he’s dead and what happened is between him and God,” she told the Associated Press. “We just need to bury his body and move forward. People were making an issue and detracting from the healing that needed to take place.”

— The Washington Post.

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