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Friday, 01 December, 2006

Of Mosques And Pigs

In Texas: Katy man protests proposed mosque with pig races.

According to KTRK, some people who live along Baker Road in Katy aren't happy with the Katy Islamic Association's plans to build a mosque, school and gym on property near their houses. They say they're worried about drainage and traffic: "It's not an appropriate place to have a mosque or church," resident Barbara Simpson told Channel 13. Some of the neighbors have even offered to buy the land back from the KIA for more than $1 million.

And then there's Craig Baker, who owns land adjacent to the KIA's lot. He's posted a large sign announcing pig races on his property on Friday nights - and if it happens to be true that racing pigs on a Muslim holy day might be a little offensive to the KIA, that's their problem, Baker said. "What does it matter?" he asked KTRK. "I can do whatever I want with my land, right?