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.”
At first this might look like some redneck with a case of Ismaphobia and a complete lack of manners, but that doesn’t seem to be the deal here.
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.
So much for the efficacy of that protest. At least the Muslims involved here have a sense of humor.
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.
Yeah, because those damned Muslims are also building property on other people’s land. Or something. Why would they care, if you’re on your own side of the property line? And why would you care what they want, if they’re on theirs?
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.
Oh, I see. You assumed. Then you planned to act like an idiot, but now that you know you’re an idiot, you have to go through with your plan to act like an idiot, so that people won’t think you’re an idiot.
Good plan, buddy.
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.
Well, if you were worried about looking like an idiot Mr. Baker, you needn’t bother.
Well hopefully everyone involved has learned something and can laugh at this. Good to see that a shooting war didn’t break out.