Turkey's Islamist government is constructing a massive $100 million, 15-acre mosque in Lanham, Md., that is expected to "become the largest and most striking example of Islamic architecture in the Western hemisphere" by October 2014.
In May, Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan placed a ceremonial stone at the construction site. Now the five-building project known as the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center is well underway in the town just outside Washington, D.C., with a population of about 10,000.
As the Clarion Project explains, mosques have been springing up all over the U.S. in recent years. As many as 80 percent of the mosques in America have been built in the last 12 years – since the 2001 terror attacks.
"A large majority of mosques in the United States are led by Wahhabi clerics," the Project explains. "Wahhabism is an extreme brand of Islam practiced dominantly in Saudi Arabia. According to Muslim estimates, up to 80 percent of mosques in the U.S. are owned, operated and led by Wahhabis.
"These radical mosques often promote the installation of Sharia law, an extreme ideology that considers 'non-believers' to be infidels. According to Wahhabis, jihad or support of jihad is a Muslim duty. They believe that suicide bombers and martyrs are worthy of the highest praise and reward. And radicals are anticipating the day when an Islamic state will one day span the U.S."
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As many as four studies have independently concluded that 80 percent of U.S. mosques "were teaching jihad, Islamic supremacism, and hatred and contempt for Jews and Christians," Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch has reported.
Spencer noted, "We are increasingly seeing Muslim patrols in the proximity of mosques saying to passers-by that they can't walk a dog, wear a skirt, drink alcohol."
But Dr. Yasar Colak, president of the Turkish American Community Center, told the World Bulletin his organization has special plans for the new mega-mosque, which will be designed in accordance with 16th century Ottoman architecture:
"We will show our friends in the U.S. who we actually are and the main principle of our civilization," he said. "We will present our peaceful culture. We will try to erase the bad reputation of Muslims and Islam created following September 11 attacks."
In 2009, WND was one of the first to report plans for a new Islamic mosque just steps from Ground Zero where Muslim terrorists murdered 2,751 people in the name of Allah on Sept. 11, 2001. The New York Daily News recently reported the same developer now "controls three adjacent properties on Park Place, leaving neighbors wondering whether the mysterious owner has a mega mosque planned for the block."
According to the Assembly of Turkish American Associations, the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center will include facilities for activities relating to:
- Religious services and education
- Turkish language education
- Turkish history lectures
- Turkish culinary arts classes
- Cultural exchange
- Recreation, sports, and health
- U.S. immigration and citizenship
- Women's equality and empowerment education
- Civic engagement and public advocacy
- Business, commerce and trade development
- Spiritual wellness
"There are 19 [Turkish American Community Centers] nationwide," the Assembly states. "TACCs represent a board spectrum of Turkish American society, promoting secular democracy and respect towards diverse lifestyles."
As the Clarion Project reported, the Turkish mosque groundbreaking ceremony was attended by the leaders of two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entities: Naeem Baig, president of the Islamic Circle of North America, and Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America. A 1991 memo links both organizations to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Page 7 of the memo states that the Brotherhood's "work in America" is "a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within."
Also in May, President Obama welcomed Erdogan, who has been a constant advocate for Hamas in Gaza, to the White House. Erdogan brought with him Mavi Marmara, the father of an Islamic jihadist killed in the 2010 raid on a Gaza flotilla. Marmara has indicated he wants the Obama administration to sue Israel over the raid.
Erdogan has said, "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers."
At the May ceremony for the new mosque, he warned of groups promoting "Islamophobia," and just one month earlier, he called Zionism and "Islamophobia" "crime[s] against humanity."
Judicial Watch noted, "During the recent visit to the mosque construction site in Maryland, Erdogan's deputy prime minister, Bülent Arınç, slipped away from the delegation for a day, according to a newspaper that covers Turkish affairs abroad. Arınç reportedly visited an 'Islamic scholar' who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania."
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British planning lawyer Gavin Boby, an expert on zoning permissions who has successfully blocked the construction of more than 16 mosques in the U.K., explained that the significance of mosques extends far beyond religious purposes:
This is the Islamic doctrine, every mosque is instructed to be based upon the original mosque in Medina, where Muhammad originally in the 7th century set up his religious-political doctrine of social control, and the mosque is a place of government, it is a place where treaties are made, death sentences are passed, armies are blessed and dispatched, it is primarily about political control and it is very much used as a tool of advance. Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey talked about that, the Muslim Brotherhood compared their mosques to battalions and to beehives, where Muslims will gather and then advance, and there's nothing new about this, it goes back to the 7th century.
In his 2010 exclusive WND column, William Federer, author of “What Every American Needs to Know About the Quran: A History of Islam and the United States,” listed dozens of historical cases in which mosques were erected as signs of Muslim conquest.
In 630 A.D. after he captured Mecca, Muhammad himself converted the Ka'aba, a pagan pantheon, into a mosque.
Boby, who runs the Law and freedom Foundation, also explained that the word "mosque" is strategically omitted during the application process:
"The method is very simple," he said. "A planning application gets submitted for a mosque in an area, and it will never be called a 'mosque.' It will be called a community center; an inter-faith center; a public community, harmony-building outreach center, and then the neighbors contact us, and it’s usually people who have never been involved in politics before, are shy of politics and officialdom and ask us to help them to resist it."