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Houston suburb objects to mosque plans (Katy, TX ... triggers neighborhood dispute)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/7/06 | Rasha Madkour - ap

Posted on 12/07/2006 11:57:29 AM PST by NormsRevenge

KATY, Texas - A plan to build a mosque in this Houston suburb has triggered a neighborhood dispute, with community members warning the place will become a terrorist hotbed and one man threatening to hold pig races on Fridays just to offend the Muslims.

Many neighborhood residents claim they have nothing against Muslims and are more concerned about property values, drainage and traffic.

But one resident has set up an anti-Islamic Web site with an odometer-like counter that keeps track of terrorist attacks since Sept. 11. A committee has formed to buy another property and offer to trade it for the Muslims' land. And next-door neighbor Craig Baker has threatened to race pigs on the edge of the property on the Muslim holy day. Muslims consider pigs unclean and do not eat pork.

"The neighbors have created havoc for us and we didn't expect that," said engineer Kamel Fotouh, president of the 500-member Katy Islamic Association.

Fotouh vowed to press ahead with plans for a mosque on the 11-acre site, as well as a community center that would offer after-school activities, housing for senior citizens, a fitness center and an Islamic school.

"We just bought it," Fotouh said. "And we are going to use it. We have the right like any one of them."

Katy, population 13,000, is a mix of middle-class bedroom-community neighborhoods and small farms on Houston's western edge and boasts of being the hometown of Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger. It is 70 percent white and 24 percent Hispanic.

The Houston metropolitan area has about 170,000 Muslims, according to the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, and among their many mosques is one built in Houston by former NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon.

The Islamic association bought the land in Katy in September for $1.1 million. It said the overall cost of the project has not been determined.

The dispute began when the group asked Baker to remove his cattle from their newly bought land. Baker agreed but mistakenly thought the Muslims also wanted him off the land his family has lived on for more than 100 years. The rumor spread.

Baker, who makes marble and granite fixtures for kitchens and bathrooms and also owns livestock, said he got so mad he put up a sign announcing the pig races.

(Baker's attempt to offend missed its mark, according to Fotouh. Muslims do not hate pigs, he said; they just don't eat them.)

As for the Web site, the address is virtually identical to that of the Katy Islamic Association. The site claims the neighbors will have to hear the Muslim call to prayer from the mosque's minaret five times a day — the Islamic group denies that — and offers an audio sample.

Besides keeping track of the running total of post-Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Web site provides home addresses of some association members and advises people who see anything suspicious to contact the FBI. Many people have sent anti-Islamic e-mails to the site.

A few complaints about the mosque project have also trickled in to Harris County offices: The "Coming Soon" sign was on government property; the parking lot gravel was piled up without a permit; the project would increase traffic in the quiet neighborhood.

County Commissioner Steve Radack said traffic concerns can be addressed as they are elsewhere, with off-duty police officers. He also noted the group has said it would comply with rules on drainage and flood control.

Cynthia Blackman wrote Radack that the center was a security risk: "Would you and your family safely and comfortably live next to this 11-acre Muslim mosque and facilities?"

The reaction has not been all negative. Fotouh said one man came to the mosque on a Friday afternoon and apologized for his neighbors. "He moved me, really," Fotouh said. "The sense of fairness, the sense of standing by the underdog."

Though he now concedes the Muslims are probably not after his land, Baker said he is obligated to go through with the pig races, probably within the next few weeks, because "I would be like a total idiot if I didn't. I'd be the laughingstock now because I've gone too far."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: houston; katy; mosque; pigraces

1 posted on 12/07/2006 11:57:31 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

On the Net:

http://www.katyislamicassociation.com

http://www.katyislamicassociation.net


2 posted on 12/07/2006 11:57:45 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... Kyl / Cornyn in '08 .... Now is as good as any time for a GOPurge.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Bring It ON!


3 posted on 12/07/2006 11:59:40 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... Kyl / Cornyn in '08 .... Now is as good as any time for a GOPurge.)
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To: NormsRevenge
We have the right like any one of them

Just remember those words when the pig races start.

4 posted on 12/07/2006 12:03:21 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (doot...doot...video killed the radio star...doot...doot...)
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To: NormsRevenge
....and one man threatening to hold pig races on Fridays...

...will he have the top ten in a points race?

Doogle

5 posted on 12/07/2006 12:04:29 PM PST by Doogle (USAF 68-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: NormsRevenge

What do you think is more fun: watching Muslims or watching pigs?


6 posted on 12/07/2006 12:05:30 PM PST by 353FMG (I never met a liberal I didn't dislike.)
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To: K4Harty

As stated in the article, they don't hate pigs, they merely don't eat them.

Huge signs supporting Israel would be more offensive to them.


7 posted on 12/07/2006 12:12:29 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: NormsRevenge

Who will be the first to smear the door handles with pig grease?

Or invite the Mohammedan kids over for a greased pig chasing contest.


8 posted on 12/07/2006 12:13:00 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (ISLAM "If you donít know what you have to fear, you will not survive."---Hirsi Ali)
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To: 353FMG

watching pigs chase Muslims

9 posted on 12/07/2006 12:20:01 PM PST by Doogle (USAF 68-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: MeanWestTexan

Think! Think! People!

This is Southeast Texas. Have a freakin barbecue! Let the delicious smell of prokchops wiff through the windows of the mosque. Hell, call it a welcome to the neighborhood party...Texas style!


10 posted on 12/07/2006 12:24:13 PM PST by Raymann
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To: NormsRevenge
Muslims do not hate pigs, he said; they just don't eat them.

Then why are they up in arms about pig-shaped toys?

11 posted on 12/07/2006 12:28:51 PM PST by Tamar1973 (Making every thread a Star Wars thread, one post at a time!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Me thinks Houston suburbs need a BBQ Pork stand on every corner...


12 posted on 12/07/2006 12:30:17 PM PST by Proverbs 3-5
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To: Tamar1973
"Muslims do not hate pigs, he said; they just don't eat them." Then why are they up in arms about pig-shaped toys?

I also recall reading a year or so ago that banks in London have banned piggy banks
13 posted on 12/07/2006 12:32:19 PM PST by Proverbs 3-5
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To: MeanWestTexan
As stated in the article, they don't hate pigs, they merely don't eat them.

Oh, yes they do. Pigs, dogs, women, men, jews, christians, even other muslims.

14 posted on 12/07/2006 12:32:45 PM PST by Spirochete
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To: Spirochete

on any given day their right hand hates their left hand.


15 posted on 12/07/2006 12:35:03 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: Spirochete

Don't forget dogs.

Man's best friend.


16 posted on 12/07/2006 12:36:48 PM PST by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: NormsRevenge
The Houston metropolitan area has about 170,000 Muslims, according to the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, and among their many mosques is one built in Houston by former NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon.

It's worse than I thought. Assuming only 10% are hard-core Al-Q sympathizers, then Houston has a 17,000 potential terrorists, waiting to strike from their mosques.

17 posted on 12/07/2006 1:06:31 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Afghan protest - "Death to Dog Washers!")
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To: NormsRevenge
Baker, who makes marble and granite fixtures for kitchens and bathrooms and also owns livestock, said he got so mad he put up a sign announcing the pig races.

(Baker's attempt to offend missed its mark, according to Fotouh. Muslims do not hate pigs, he said; they just don't eat them.)

Then he ought to plan some dog shows and use the part of his property that adjoins the Muzzie site as an off-the-leash dog park.

18 posted on 12/07/2006 1:13:07 PM PST by libstripper (!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

This story is classic!! Maybe after the races they can do some pulled pork BBQ. I gladly offer my services!


19 posted on 12/07/2006 1:17:16 PM PST by Chef Sriracha
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To: NormsRevenge
"Would you and your family safely and comfortably live next to this 11-acre Muslim mosque and facilities?"

No I can't say I would want to live next door to them. I also don't know why the Muslims wouldn't look for land where they aren't upsetting people. They seem to just do whatever they want without regard to other people's wishes and feelings. Yet God forbid we upset them in any way.
20 posted on 12/07/2006 1:18:40 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance and dilligaf?)
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To: NormsRevenge

I'll tell you, one of the things that most disturbed me was a visit to Houston last spring - where I saw a classic downtown courthouse (columns, steps and all) that had been bought by some Muslim group and turned into something called the "Islamic Dawa (conversion) Center." Saudi money behind it, I'm sure.


21 posted on 12/07/2006 1:27:30 PM PST by livius
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To: Raymann

Tell them the site and 50 acres or so around it was a former PIG FARMING and SLAUGHTERING operation back in the 1890s and the ground is saturated with pig blood. They so enjoy cutting heads off, the slaughtering thing probably wouldn't concern them much.

And the BBQ idea (24/7) is outstanding! Good BBQ takes DAYS sometimes. Call it the "Year-round Black Jack Pershing BBQ"

I'd like to have the grill and pork concession in the area if they DO build the thing.

Maybe these folks will then get the idea that they should head back from whence they came. Plenty of mosques there.

Me intolerant? Hell yeah. About as intolerant as THEY are of the rest of us. Maybe more.


22 posted on 12/07/2006 1:37:22 PM PST by Dick Bachert (--)
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To: livius

The new civil courthouse looks like a mosque to me.


23 posted on 12/07/2006 1:42:14 PM PST by Cyclopean Squid (Euphorion Falls)
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To: livius
The top, anyway:


24 posted on 12/07/2006 1:43:22 PM PST by Cyclopean Squid (Euphorion Falls)
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To: TexasRepublic

(...17,000 potential terrorists..)
Plus all the support they'll receive from the rest.


25 posted on 12/07/2006 2:12:07 PM PST by sidegunner
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To: Raymann

In TX, most barbecue starts out with horns on it.


26 posted on 12/07/2006 2:12:37 PM PST by jdub
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To: jdub

I'm from Southwest Louisiana and practically spent half my life in Southeast Texas and I can tell you that pork is def the meat of choice there.

As for the rest of Texas, your prob right...it's a big state.


27 posted on 12/07/2006 4:58:53 PM PST by Raymann
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To: TexasRepublic

Your assumption of 10% is rather low. Somebody in the future must be held responsible for allowing these people in the country.


28 posted on 12/07/2006 7:08:51 PM PST by 353FMG (I never met a liberal I didn't dislike.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ping me to this issue in the future.

I live in this town; didn't even know about this.


29 posted on 12/08/2006 6:31:44 AM PST by PetroniDE (We Don't Live in Texas Anymore --- State Name is Now TAXES !!)
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To: Raymann
I'm from Southwest Louisiana and practically spent half my life in Southeast Texas and I can tell you that pork is def the meat of choice there.

It might be pork, then again it just might be armadillo!!

30 posted on 12/08/2006 7:58:55 AM PST by jdub
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