This just in from the Islamic Republic of Britain:
all graves in this multi-faith cemetery must face Mecca, because otherwise, you see, you'd have Christian graves facing one way and Muslim graves facing another, and that wouldn't be...tidy. And of course we mustn't risk offending You Know Who.
"A Question of Faith...Or Tidiness?," from the Nottingham Evening Post, with thanks to Twostellas:
In today's secular society you could be forgiven for not knowing which direction Christian graves face.
Ancient tradition shows they should look east in anticipation of the second coming of Jesus Christ.
But all headstones at the new £2.5m High Wood Cemetery in Bulwell will be plotted to face north-east, in line with Islamic faith.
Muslims believe the dead look over their shoulder towards Mecca, towards the south-east.
Despite there being separate sections at the cemetery in Low Wood Road for different faiths, the council wanted to give a tidy, linear appearance.
Only on special request can families have graves with headstones facing in a different direction.
The controversial decision was taken after consultation with the city's Cemeteries Consultative Committee.
And it has sparked huge debate among city faith leaders.
The Rev David Gray, from St John's Church, Bulwell, said: "All faiths should have their beliefs respected.