Wingnuts: Muslim Cultural Center is a Plot!

The Worldnutdaily is predictably freaking out over a Turkish-American Cultural Center being built in Maryland. To prove their point, they’re dragging out two entirely credible sources to rant incoherently about how this is all part of a plot to take over America.

On his visit to a new Turkish-funded mosque in Lanham, Md., Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erodogan said his government chose the site because of its location in “free territory.”

He said when he attended the groundbreaking of the 15-acre, $100 million mega-mosque that the Turkish-American Cultural Center likely will become “the largest and most striking examples of Islamic architecture in the Western hemisphere when finished in 2014.”

But those seemingly innocuous words are alarming to a number of analysts, including former Palestinian operative Walid Shoebat, who says the West doesn’t realize the significance of what Erdogan was saying.

Shoebat said Erdogan’s true mission is to claim the land for Islam, and the evidence is in his words.

“The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers,” Shoebat said, quoting Erdogan.

“The West is unaware that in Islam, a mosque is an embassy and Turkey is acting stealthily, which is why the project is not arousing much alarm,” Shoebat said.

Ah yes, the fake “ex-terrorist” Shoebat, who makes his living now telling wild tales of the impending takeover of the United States by Muslims. And he’s got equally credible company:

Islam analyst and Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller agrees. Most Americans don’t know that the plans showcase Turkey’s long-held territorial dream, she said.

“The Turks are trying to restore the glory of the Ottoman period. They may be staking a claim to be the leaders of Sunni Islam worldwide, as they were in the days of the last caliphate,” Geller said.

I wish one of these paranoid Islamophobes would attempt to show some plausible pathway by which Muslims, who comprise a whopping one percent of the country’s population, could take over America (and the overwhelming majority of that one percent have no desire whatsoever to take over the country, by the way). Seriously, how are they going to do it? There’s exactly one Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison, and he’s hardly the jihadist-type — he’s pro-choice, pro-gay rights and so forth. If every single Muslim in the country formed an army and tried to attack something, they’d be wiped out. So really, let’s hear some plausible path to a Muslim takeover. If you can’t, maybe you’re just full of shit and peddling paranoia for profit.

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