Skip to comments.Residents use pig races to deter building of mosque
Posted on 11/29/2006 9:14:45 PM PST by jdm
(11/29/06 - KTRK/KATY, TX) - There's an awful lot of exciting news when you round the corner on Baker Road. One of two big yellow signs announces a new neighbor is coming soon.
K.I.A., that's the Katy Islamic Association, plan to build a mosque here.
"It's not an appropriate place to have a mosque or church," said resident Barbara Simpson.
It isn't going over real well.
"As a house of worship, they shouldn't be disturbing the peace and tranquility of 15 homes," said resident John Wetmore.
Neighbors tell us they're concerned about traffic and drainage and a little fear of the unknown.
Some of the homeowners even offered to buy the land back for more than a million dollars.
The K.I.A. doesn't seem very interested in the offers.
"We're not going anywhere," said Katy Islamic Association member Alvi Muzfar.
So it seems the community at the end of Baker Road has a pretty good fight.
But this fight has gone much farther than many between two neighbors. You see in these fights, sometimes neighbors throw mud at one another, in this instance they're wallowing in it.
Craig Baker owns pigs.
He's the guy behind the second big yellow sign on Baker Road. That's the one announcing Friday night pig races.
"What does it matter, I can do whatever I want with my land right," asked landowner Craig Baker.
But aren't pigs on the property line racing on a Friday night a little offensive to a Muslim neighbor?
"The meat of a pig is prohibited in the religion of Islam," said Katy Islamic Association member Youssof Allam. "It's looked upon as a dirty creature."
Yeah there's that and also that Friday night is a Muslim holy day.
"That is definitely a slap in the face," said Allam..
Now before you go thinking Craig Baker is unfair, or full of hate, or somehow racist, hear him out.
Baker has long roots here, his family named the road and when the new neighbors moved in, he tells us, they asked him to move out.
"Basically that I should package up my family and my business and find a place elsewhere," said Baker. "That's ridiculous, they just bought the place one week prior and he's telling me I should think about leaving." That new owners deny they ever said anything like that, but Baker isn't budging.
Baker admits the pigs are a message he is not leaving.
The 11-acre property is sandwiched between a pricey subdivision and Craig Baker's business.
K.I.A. eventually plans to build a mosque, a gym and a school there. There's no date for the groundbreaking ceremonies, or the first pig race.
Enjoy your trip....I watched "The Brylcreem Boys" earlier tonight. Fliers and sailers stranded in Ireland in early WW II. Good flick.
Amazing....the confluence of things we do.
Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000, sections 2 & 8
Do they get the same tax benefits Churches do?
If we allowed 80,000 Muslims to legally immigrate here last year I think we have a huge problem. Were these people screened? And if they just came last year then how are they voting? I think I am for closing the border to everyone until we figure out a system to protect the people of America. I thought it should have been shut down right after 9/11 but what do I know?
Personally, I would have closed down both borders after 9/11, even with troops if need be. More than 50,000 Muslims in Virginia turned out to vote for Webb. Allen lost by 9,000 votes.
Who knows if they were screened. The INS has their own system and who knows what politics motivate it. Had I been President Bush, I would have gotten conservatives to run it.
I guess they would. I never really gave it a thought before. Kind of irks me that so many of these mosques give money and support to terrorists and they get tax benefits.
And THEN some. They get to do ANYTHING political they darn well please in those mosques with nary a wisp of fear about losing their tax-exempt status.
You tell me, when has the IRS EVER investigated a mosque? If it ain't happened yet, it ain't never gonna.
Pig blood soaked land would be an awfully serious desecration of land to muzzies.
The first 80,000 came in 2002-03. Bush made a deal with Russia's Putin to allow the immigration of an entire Muslim community that couldn't get along with non-Muslims in Russia.
This might get your goat. The mosques are primarily funded by Saudi Arabia, and they also fund adjoining schools. The textbooks used in the schools are Saudi published in English and Arabic, AND contain the same teachings that were used in Saudi funded schools in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, and Pakistan to prepare young martyrs for Islam.
"Add a few pole dancers, and plenty of beer;)"NOW you are talking!
That's great! :)
You gotta love these people. They need to gather the dogs together too and have a hog roast with plenty of booze!