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A pig farmer in Katy, Texas, was unhappy when an Islamic group moved in nearby and asked him to leave (video below).
Craig Baker said that when the Katy Islamic Association moved into his area, they told him the pigs on his family’s 200-year-old farm needed to go. In response, Baker decided to stage pig races on his property every Friday, the day Muslims consider a day of prayer.
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.
Many readers applauded Baker for his efforts to protest the group’s demands.
“He was there first,” one reader commented on Facebook. “Can’t just tell somebody to move especially when it’s been his family farm for a long time just because you bought some property next door don’t give you no right. I would have done the same damn thing. You don’t come over here and start demanding you’re lucky we allow you here.”
“Stand your ground farmer don’t let no muslim run you off your land,” another wrote. “They don’t have the right, American’s still have rights in America they don’t own this land we still do…tell THEM if they DON’T like it they can take a f*cking hike back to where they can from, buy more pigs.”
“Good job Mr Baker,” commented another reader. “They will just try to push you off your land. I would be having pancakes and ham and bacon every day. Pig roast every chance I had. Those people think they have more rights than anyone else. And they will try to change you to muslem. You should be a great neighbor and take them a potluck meal of ham and beans. Wish you were my neighbor.”