Erdogan celebrated grand opening of gigantic Turkish Islamic facility in Maryland, says speaking against Islam should be a crime.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an interview with CNN correspondent Christine Amanpour on March 30th, said:, “I am one of the first political leaders officially declaring that anti-Semitism is a crime,” he said, adding “I expect an official declaration that Islamophobia is a crime against humanity as well. Islamophobia emerged from the Western countries and this is a challenge that we all together need to surmount.”
On April 2, while in the U.S., Erdogan joined thousands from across the country to celebrate the official opening of a $110 million center in Maryland, billed as the largest Islamic campus “in the Western Hemisphere,” which includes a 20,236-square-foot mosque, a cultural center, guest quarters and an underground sports complex. Erdogan was the featured key-note speaker. “I was dreaming of this day,” Erdogan said. Speaking of the 20-year effort to complete the complex, he said, “This is not a picture. This is not a landscape. This is a reality.”
Almost all $110 million for the mosque was funded by the Religious Affairs and the Religious Foundation of Turkey.
Erdogan maintains he is fighting against Islamic terror… but history indicates he is a supporter of Sharia law. Critics have increasingly accused Erdogan of harboring a secret agenda to turn Turkey into a fundamentally conservative Muslim society. In October 2013 Turkey lifted rules banning women from wearing headscarves in the country’s state institutions – with the exception of the judiciary, military and police – ending a decades-old restriction. Critics also have pointed to Mr. Erdogan’s failed bid to criminalize adultery, and his attempts to introduce “alcohol-free zones” as evidence of his alleged Islamist intentions.
Early in his career while mayor of Istanbul (1994-98), Erdoğan was explicit in support of an Islamist agenda. As mayor of Istanbul, he described himself as “the imam of Istanbul” and declared, “Thank God almighty, I am a servant of Shari‘a.”
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