Skip to comments.Residents use pig races to deter building of mosque
Posted on 12/02/2006 3:07:56 PM PST by Jacob Kell
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.
Sure can. 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. (Copyright © 2006, KTRK-TV)
.....but it's well worth seeing it again.
I was thinking the same thing.
Are they trying to rub it in our face?
I don't trust them at all.
I wish they would bring those pig races to south Texas. Islamos are building a big new mosque down here in our neck of the woods.
That is precisely what they are doing. Islam is not here to just be equal to any other religion, remember.
What part of Texas do you live in, John? Brownsville?
Both above pics are Kiwi racers aka New Zealand.
They should use not pig races but pig faeces, There must be a way to make the land parcel ritually unusable short of turning it into a Superfund site.
I wish they would stop building prayer rooms for them in our airports. I DETEST that my tax dollars are being used to support those damn people.
I've already posted on this. But....just love those pigs and their nasty nature!
I belive him and I hope he's watching his back
We used to try and ride big pigs on the farm, Ain't easy to stay on them tho, and yes, they can get nasty. This sport is quite popular.
About 60 miles west of Brownsville in the McAllen,Texas area. We're about 10 miles from the Reynosa, Mexico bridge.
So Rosie O'Donnell is in town? I didn't know she was a racer.
Well make them bad boys a common sight outside of your local mosque! Funny, pigs never had any idea how important they might be!
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