Craig Baker, a pig farmer in Katy, Texas, decided to raise a ruckus when an Islamic group decided to move in nearby, and actually requested that he move his 200-year-old family pig farm further out west.
Baker, having none of it, decided to do something to show the group that they couldn’t bully or belittle him. He decided to stage pig races every Friday – the muslim holy day of prayer.
The muslim association happens to be moving in on the 11 acre property next door to Baker’s. They plan to build a large mosque and community center on the property.
The association planned to build a mosque and community center on the 11 acres they bought next to Baker’s farm. Baker said the association knew what they were signing up for when they bought the property, and that it wasn’t fair of them to ask him to remove his pigs or move.
“I am just defending my rights and my property,” he told Fox News. “They totally disrespected me and my family.”
Although Baker and the Islamic association’s president, Kamel Fotouh, were friendly when they first met, Baker said he felt insulted when Fotouh asked him to move.
“That was the last straw for me … calling me a liar, especially in front of three or four hundred people at that meeting,” Baker said. “Mr. Fotouh said it would be a good idea if I considered packing up my stuff and moving out further to the country.”
Fotouh defended his decision to build the mosque in Katy, saying other local mosques didn’t provide the right environment.
“We feel that these mosques are not fulfilling the needs of the community as they should. So, our vision is to have an integrated facility,” he said. The pig races don’t bother Fotouh or the members of the association, and they said they would continue with their plans.
Fox News recently interviewed Baker.