Landowner uses pigs to show anger at mosque

KATY, TEXAS — 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.

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The dispute began when the Katy Islamic 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 he said he thought the Muslims also wanted him off the land his family has lived on for more than 100 years.

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, The Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 31, 2006, http://www.dispatch.com

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