The Islamist government of Turkey is building a 15-acre, $100 million mega-mosque in Lanham, Maryland. Prime Minister Erdogan visited the site on May 15 in a ceremony that was attended by the leaders of two groups linked to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood. Also present was the Maryland Secretary of State, representing Maryland Governor and likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, Martin O'Malley.
The mega-mosque is called the Turkish American Culture and Civilization Center and, according to the Muslim Link, it "will likely become the largest and most striking examples of Islamic architecture in the western hemisphere" when it is finished in 2014. The Muslim Link explicitly says it is "a project of the government of Turkey."
On May 15, Prime Minister Erdogan spoke to hundreds of people at the construction site and said he'd come back for the opening ceremony next year. He warned the audience that there are groups promoting "Islamophobia," branding potential critics as paranoid bigots. Erdogan recently said that "Islamophobia" and Zionism are equivalent to fascism and anti-Semitism, saying they are a "crime against humanity."