Residents use pig races to deter building of mosque

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. 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.

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., 29 November 2006