We need more Americans like Craig Baker.
KATY, TX – 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.
“It’s not an appropriate place to have a mosque or church,” said resident Barbara Simpson.
It isn’t going over real well.
“As a house of worship, they shouldn’t be disturbing the peace and tranquility of 15 homes,” said resident John Wetmore.
. . .
“We’re not going anywhere,” said Katy Islamic Association member Alvi Muzfar.
So Mr. Baker came up with a brilliant idea.
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.
“What does it matter, I can do whatever I want with my land right,” asked landowner Craig Baker.
Sure can. 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..
Now before you go thinking Craig Baker is unfair, or full of hate, or somehow racist, hear him out.
Baker has long roots here. His family named the road and when the new neighbors moved in, he tells us, they asked him to move out.
“Basically that I should package up my family and my business and find a place elsewhere,” said Baker. “That’s ridiculous, they just bought the place one week prior and he’s telling me I should think about leaving.”
That new owners deny they ever said anything like that, but Baker isn’t budging.
Baker admits the pigs are a message he is not leaving.
The 11-acre property is sandwiched between a pricey subdivision and Craig Baker’s business.
K.I.A. eventually plans to build a mosque, a gym and a school there. There’s no date for the groundbreaking ceremonies, or the first pig race.
Some might say that Baker and his neighbors are being a little xenophobic. However, try going to Saudi Arabia and building a church there. Those fuckers will throw you in jail just for wearing a cross. So I say, let the races begin! And if one of them pigs happens to wander off the property and defecate on the neighbor’s front yard, well those things happen in the country, you know.
General Pershing would be proud.
h/t to Rodger