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1/16/2020 9:48:49 PM
Posted: 12/31/2006 11:17:11 AM EST
Dear Lord, please bless all Americans who have the balls to stand up to political correctness and not be afraid of what liberals might think of them.

We need more like you partner.

KATY, Texas (AP) -- A man unhappy with an Islamic association's plans to build a mosque next to his property has staged pig races as a protest during afternoon prayers.

Craig Baker, 46, sold merchandise and grilled sausages Friday for about 100 people who showed up in heavy rain. He insisted he wasn't trying to offend anyone with the pigs, which are forbidden from the Muslim diet.

"I am just defending my rights and my property," Baker said. "They totally disrespected me and my family."

Muslims don't hate pigs, they just don't eat them, said engineer Kamel Fotouh, president of the 500-member Katy Islamic Association in this Houston suburb.

"I don't care if he races, roasts or slaughters pigs," said Yousef Allam, a spokesman for the group.

The dispute began when the association asked Baker to remove his cattle from its newly bought land. The association plans to build a mosque, community center, athletic facilities and a school.

Baker agreed to move his cattle but thought the Muslims also wanted him off the land his family has lived on for more than 100 years.

Earlier this month, Baker conceded that the Muslims probably aren't after his land, but he said he had to go through with the pig races because "I would be like a total idiot if I didn't. I'd be the laughingstock now because I've gone too far."

All the same, Baker plans to continue the weekly pig races until interest dwindles.

The association never meant to imply it wanted Baker to move, Allam said.

"If we somehow communicated that to him, then we apologize," he said.

Resident Susan Canavespe said the pig racing wasn't mean-spirited -- "It's just Texas-spirited."

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Link Posted: 12/31/2006 11:26:23 AM EST
Yeah, the local TV news last night was calling the mosque a "community center". What a load of horseshit. That guy should put pigs' heads on pikes along the perimeter of his land.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 11:27:46 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/31/2006 11:29:00 AM EST by shop_rat45]
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 11:28:17 AM EST

"I don't care if he races, roasts or slaughters pigs," said Yousef Allam, a spokesman for the group.

I find that funny.
Link Posted: 12/31/2006 11:34:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/31/2006 11:34:44 AM EST by TC6969]
triple dupe
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