SMITHFIELD - At the state's urging, a Johnston County judge on Friday told a farmer he couldn't open his farm next week to Muslim families planning to slaughter lambs as part of an annual religious celebration.
The order means that about 250 Muslim families in Wake County will have to make other arrangements for slaughtering lambs they bought in advance of the three-day festival known as Eid al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, which begins Wednesday. Eddie Rowe left the courtroom Friday afternoon carrying a black book full of names of people who bought a lamb and the right to kill it on his farm next week.
His father, Kenneth Rowe, shook his head, saying, "They just can't mess with religion like that. It ain't right. The Bible says so."