Friday, December 08, 2006

Xenophobia

Where does the "War on Terror" end and simple racism begin?

In Texas.

A plan to build a mosque in this Houston suburb has triggered a neighborhood dispute, with community members warning the place will become a terrorist hotbed and one man threatening to hold pig races on Fridays just to offend the Muslims.

What did the Muslims do? They bought an 11-acre parcel for $1.1 million, on which they plan to build the mosque, and asked a neighbor to stop pasturing his cattle on it. He got mad and vowed to do pig races.

It could all be a misunderstanding:

Baker ... mistakenly thought the Muslims also wanted him off the land his family has lived on for more than 100 years.

Except Baker still seeks his revenge.

Though he now concedes the Muslims are probably not after his land, Baker said he is obligated to go through with the pig races, probably within the next few weeks, because “I would be like a total idiot if I didn’t. I’d be the laughingstock now because I’ve gone too far.”

Meanwhile, another resident has set up an anti-Islamic Web site that claims residents will have to listen to a call to prayer five times a day, keeps a running tally of terrorist attacks since 9/11 and provides the home addresses of some of the Muslim association members.

And the Sheriff has been fielding calls like this one:

Cynthia Blackman wrote Radack that the center was a security risk: “Would you and your family safely and comfortably live next to this 11-acre Muslim mosque and facilities?”

Xenophobia really brings out the stupid in people.

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3 Comments:

Blogger KC said...

Wow.

There are few things that make me speechless.

Pig races to protest a Muslim mosque are sick and sad enough to be one of them.

12/08/2006 5:18 PM  
Blogger Not Your Mama said...

“Would you and your family safely and comfortably live next to this 11-acre Muslim mosque and facilities?”

Why yes, yes I would, the Muslim's want to WORSHIP there..not blow their mosque up.

My only safety concern would be the threat posed by ignorant rednecks wanting to destroy the mosque.

Upside: this brouhaha isn't happening in my town for once.

We're busy waiting for the Dec 12th meeting of our Town Board who are now proposing an ordinance to "register illegal immigrants" and charge them $200 a head to live here.

Heads up Sean, this could get interesting ;(.

12/09/2006 10:57 AM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

I feel your pain. Keep me posted!

12/09/2006 10:44 PM  

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