The government of Turkey is completing a 15-acre, $100 million mega-mosque in Lanham, Maryland. Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan visited the site on May 15 as part of his official visit to the U.S., according to a report by the Clarion Project. The event was also attended by the leaders of two U.S. Muslim Brotherhood affiliates. The mega-mosque “will likely become the largest and most striking examples of Islamic architecture in the western hemisphere” when it is finished, according to the Muslim Link.

In his remarks May 15, Erdogan said he would return for the opening ceremony next week. He also warned against “Islamophobia,” branding potential critics as paranoid bigots. Erdogan recently stated that “Islamophobia” and Zionism are equivalent to fascism and anti-Semitism, saying they are a “crime against humanity,” according to the Clarion Project. FULL REPORT