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Hatfields and Mohammeds: Pig Races Tick Off Texas Mosque
Townhall Blog ^ | 12-05-2006 | Shanna Sissom<br>City Editor

Posted on 12/06/2006 5:26:20 PM PST by Rhiannon

Wednesday, December 06, 2006 Hatfields and Mohammeds: Pig Races Tick Off Texas Mosque Posted by: Mary Katharine Ham at 3:53 PM

Take a good, old-fashioned property dispute, add Muslim sensitivity and a hearty helping of country-fried dispute settlement, and you'll get this:

While Muslim faithful are worshiping Allah, sounds of liquored up Texans chasing greased pigs may soon be heard outside the mosque.

"Comin' soon weekly Friday night pig racin'" reads the sign in the Houston suburb of Katy. It goes on to promote a greased pig-catching contest, the opportunity to purchase a slow pig to save its life and--of all things--a pork cook-off. Bring your own bottle, the sign also says and boasts the availability of "clean port-o-pots."

It sounds like a rowdy Friday night outing, Texas style.

But the planned pig races are wallowing in controversy. A Muslim group having just purchased adjacent property to build a mosque is not amused by the new sign and upcoming swine activities as neighbors--including parishioners at a nearby church my mother pastors--are left wondering what's going to happen to the neighborhood.

Not far from the large pig racing sign, the other group has a small placard that says "KIA Community Center coming soon," I'm told, with the acronym standing for Katy Islamic Association.

First off, this sounds like a great Friday night, period. Second, what prompted the pig races? Turns out they were a retaliatory strike from the proposed mosque's neighbor, rancher Craig Baker:

Craig Baker, a farmer and rancher whose family has worked the land along Baker Road since his great-great grandfather won it in a poker game, says he plans to build a pig racing track next door to the Islamic Association and run races every Friday night.

Baker, who runs a stone fabricating business two doors down, says when his new neighbors came to introduce themselves, they left him with an unfriendly message.

“They told me I needed to think about packing up and moving out,” Baker said.

Mosque spokesman Rauf Diab calls Baker's charges "nonsense."

CAIR is running the story, but has yet to put out a press release. It won't be long, I'm sure.

The Houston Chronicle goes over-the-top sinister, calling the pigs "subtle weapons," but it's got good background on the dispute:

Tension has been growing in this west Harris County community since September when the Muslim group announced it had purchased 11 acres south of Interstate 10 to build a mosque, school, community center and athletic facilities.

Hard feelings started when Baker met association officials, who, he said, advised him he should move his stone shop.

"They told me it was time for my family to pack up," said Baker, whose family has occupied its land since the early 1800s. "They said a mosque and a marble shop didn't go too good together."

Angered by the perceived insult and aware of Islamic dietary laws banning pork consumption, Baker responded by announcing he would stage weekly pig races on his Muslim neighbors' holiest day of prayer.

Since then, the conflict has escalated as residents called a town hall meeting to discuss the planned complex and an anti-mosque page featuring a cartoon pig and a running tally of terrorism victims was posted on the Internet. Numerous complaint calls have been made to county officials.

Claims and counterclaims have flown. Critics raise concerns about traffic congestion, flooding, possible adverse impact on property values and the "unknown."

"One of our concerns is what the mosque will look like," said Karen Olson, president of the 120-family Windsor Park Estates Neighborhood Association. " ... We look at mosques in other parts of town and they have gold domes. They're big white structures that stand out. We're concerned about what we can do as a community to get a development that fits in and doesn't ruin things."

First, anywhere that's small enough to have a town hall meeting is bound to have a town hall meeting to discuss any new, large structure planned for the area. It's not as if the meetings are reserved for mosques. The property-value concerns are legitimate and common, and the traffic and parking concerns come with every church and big-box store construction project.

But do the people of Katy have other, Muslim-specific concerns? Probably. Of course, it's out of bounds for them to even have such concerns. Not to mention dare to speak of them. Not to mention dare to express them in such an uncouth manner as a pig race.

But here's the deal. This is America. We have fights with our neighbors and we have the right to pig-race on our property, barring any farm-animal-related ordinances enacted by the municipality in question. Sometimes our neighbors do things, when pressed, that are meant specifically to tick us off. These disputes can get ugly, and a weekly pig race really ain't all that bad a thing to have next door in the grand scheme of things.

None of us are entitled, whatever religion, to unfailingly nice, respectful neighbors who will refrain from any activity that offends us just because we happen to share a fence. Because that would prevent a whole lot of people from doing a lot of the things they like-- like pig-racin'! And, that's just not the American way.

I would imagine people like Mr. Baker are so sick of watching moderate Muslims stay seated when asked to stand up against radical Islam, and so sick of watching their fellow Americans lay down when confronted with the sensitivities of sharia-observing Muslims, that they figure a good old-fashioned pig race is in order, just to show they're not gonna get pushed around.

And, for those who freak out about Baker's insensitivity-- Dudes, it's a pig race. If only everyone waged such friendly, squealing, moonshine-soaked jihad, the world would be a much better place.

And then, of course, there's the fact that Katy's apprehensions, no matter how indelicately expressed, aren't exactly without basis, are they?

On the same day, five Muslims were convicted in Buffalo of trafficking in untaxed cigarettes in order to get money for jihad. Mohamed Abuhamra, Aref Ahmed, Ramzy Abdullah, Nagib Aziz, and Azzeaz Saleh could get twenty years and $500,000 fines for using the smokes to try to raise money to help the the six jihadists from the Lackawanna, New York mosque — the notorious “Lackawanna Six” journey to Afghanistan to join up with Al-Qaeda...

The Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) is building a new mosque which they intend to be one of the grandest in the country. Arabic-language brochures boast that the project has the backing of the radical Sheikh Yusuf Abdullah al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian now based in Qatar.

Hat tip to Beth.

KEYWORDS: muslim; pigraces; texas
Now the is is neighborly dispute, Texas style
1 posted on 12/06/2006 5:26:26 PM PST by Rhiannon
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To: Rhiannon

The Activism sidebar is reserved for Activism, protests, news and business of Free Republic Chapters.

Not this.


2 posted on 12/06/2006 5:28:01 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Rhiannon

This is the url and there are photos here. I like the Baker's sense of neighborly revenge

3 posted on 12/06/2006 5:28:59 PM PST by Rhiannon
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To: Rhiannon

Texas + Mosque. Those are two words that don't belong together.

4 posted on 12/06/2006 5:33:06 PM PST by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: Rhiannon

I could live in Texas.

5 posted on 12/06/2006 5:34:11 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Send Lawyers, Guns And Money *Not Necessarily In That Order*)
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To: Rhiannon

Good for him. Hope more people stand up to the sharia-ites.

6 posted on 12/06/2006 5:35:06 PM PST by PghBaldy (Reporter: Are you surprised? Nancy Pelosi: No. My eyes always look like this.)
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To: Rhiannon; eyespysomething

It's not right to oppress the Muslims and their fragile sensibilities.

Why hasn't the federal government intervened in this situation?

These pigs are like subtle weapons against practitioners of the Religion of Peace.

7 posted on 12/06/2006 5:38:13 PM PST by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: Rhiannon

Take that Mad Mo! Ha! They can dish it out but they can't take it!

8 posted on 12/06/2006 5:41:25 PM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: Give therapeutic violence a chance!)
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To: Rhiannon
" build a mosque, school, community center and athletic facilities."

Sounds like a terrorist training camp.

9 posted on 12/06/2006 6:03:21 PM PST by RasterMaster (Winning Islamic hearts and bullet at a time!)
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To: Rhiannon

Wouldn't it be a shame if they "accidentally" let some pigs out of the fence so they can go crap all over the grounds of this mosque atrocity?

10 posted on 12/06/2006 6:27:03 PM PST by FarRightFanatic
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To: FarRightFanatic

Checked further in the links, it was reported that Mr Baker offered to buyout the mosque complex and the 11 acres. The Muslim Foundation said it was just barely above of what they paid for the land. However they said they would be willing to consider a buyout if it allowed them to purchase suitable land elsewhere.

11 posted on 12/06/2006 6:30:36 PM PST by Rhiannon
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To: Rhiannon

Could we put together a Freeper fund so they could purchase suitable land in Saudi Arabia or some other backwards ME country? Honestly, wouldn't they be more comfortable there anyway? There would be no pig racing....

12 posted on 12/06/2006 7:01:16 PM PST by FarRightFanatic
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To: Rhiannon

Ok, the reporter needs some brushing up on the Hatfield-McCoy feud, the pigs were the least of it.

13 posted on 12/06/2006 7:07:47 PM PST by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: swmobuffalo

Hatsfield and Mccoy is a famous feud between two familes.This was a title used to get attention for a neighbor's dispute on land use. It caught my attention so I accept it as a litery device. I don't expect a replica of the original feud.

14 posted on 12/06/2006 7:27:20 PM PST by Rhiannon
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To: Rhiannon

I'm well aware of what the Hatfield McCoy feud was. And it wasn't over pigs as that seems to be the main focus of the article.

15 posted on 12/06/2006 7:35:06 PM PST by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: Rhiannon

Looks like fun for a Saturday night....

I might just stop by...

16 posted on 12/07/2006 8:30:19 AM PST by seeker_two
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To: Rhiannon
Various members of Moslem families my wife knows are for some unknown reason all moving to Texas. I asked her why. She thinks it's part of a plan they have to colonize and then to control border states.


17 posted on 12/07/2006 11:14:43 AM PST by Diamond
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To: Diamond

Muslims are organizing under the wire to get more mosques and influence in American society. CAIR is the front organization for PR and to shut down vocal critics like what happened to a radio talk host in Maryland last year.
Please note the Minneapolis airport incident happened after these imams had attended a conference. The conference was about media relations and PR stuff.I would bet that the conference had given example how to make a splash and these guys decided to initiate the plan on US Airways to see if it work. IT did then the organized PR flap about discrimination against Muslims

American people are not stupid and I suspect that resentment against the muslim and the terrorist philosophy has created an unconsious anxiety among normal Americans.
The Bakers just decided to react the best way to annoy this Moslim organization setting up a mosque. If you read the articles it seems that locals are using the permit and local zoning and neighborhood concerns to block the mosque.

People are starting to wake up aout the colonization that is occuring in the US.
If 9/11 had not happened the demographics of muslim birth rates and proliferation of mosques would be well on its way to gain control of American society and government from the local to the nationallevels.

Please note that Sharia local community governance in Canada has occured since Canadians still have not recogonized the danger.

We are the frog that is slowly cooking and does'nt feel the heat until we are cooked.

18 posted on 12/07/2006 11:59:01 AM PST by Rhiannon
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To: Rhiannon
This is far funnier than The Flying Imams.
19 posted on 12/30/2006 7:03:49 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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