by Dave Gibson
In November 2014, the Lilburn (Ga.) City Council approved the construction of the 20,000-square-foot Shiite Dar-E-Abbas mosque. The four-member council, which earlier rejected plans for the mega mosque, made the decision under pressure from the Obama administration.
The city of Lilburn has been the subject of a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation since 2011, as the DOJ believes city leaders may have been discriminating against Muslims and in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, though seven mosques and Islamic schools already exist in Lilburn (pop. 11,596), Fox News reported.
Lilburn is home to the following Islamic centers:
• Masjid Abdullah
• Al-Falah Academy
• Masjid Omar bin Abdul Aziz2
• City of Knowledge Islamic School
• Madina Institute
• Al-Rasol Islamic Center
At last count, there were 88 mosques and Islamic schools in the state of Georgia.
While one would expect most mosques to be built in the cities, by 2010, 28 percent were constructed in rural and suburban areas, particularly in the South.
In September 2013, the Virginia Beach City Council approved plans for the Crescent Community Center (mosque) to be built in a part of the city that is still rural. Only one voice on the nine-member council objected to construction of the mosque.
Councilman Bill DeSteph not only voted against the measure, but claims the group has ties to the terrorist group known as the Muslim Brotherhood.
“I’m saying follow the money,” DeSteph told WTKR.
The mosque will sit on 9 acres and will cost millions to build…So, just how does a congregation estimated to be less than 200 people obtain the funds for such a massive undertaking?
In 2013, the government of Turkey began building a $100 million mega mosque in Lanham, Maryland, which will be known as the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center, CBN News reported.
Of course, there has been an explosion in the number of mosques being built in every corner of this country since the 9/11 attacks.
A study entitled “The American Mosque 2011,” conducted by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, found that the number of mosques in the U.S. went from 1,209 in 2000 to 2,106 in 2010, a 74 percent increase.
The study also found listed the states with the highest number of mosques (in 2011) as New York (257), California (246), Texas (166), Florida (118), Illinois (109), and New Jersey (109).
In the five years since that study was concluded, hundreds more have been constructed.
What follows is a list of some of the more notable (or notorious) mosques built post-9/11:
• Islamic Center of Murfreesboro…A mega mosque built in rural Tennessee in 2012.
• Islamic Center of America…A huge, $14 million Shia mosque, built in Dearborn, Michigan, in 2005.
• St. Louis Islamic Center…Built in 2010, it caters to the city’s ever-expanding Bosnian Muslim community.
• Islamic Foundation North…Reported revenues/income of $488,859 in 2014. The mosque was built in Waukegan, Illinois (the birthplace of Jack Benny and Ray Bradbury) in 2004.6
• Masjid Darussalam…Opened in 2013, the 22,000 square foot building includes a prayer hall, a school, and a community hall, and sits on a 4.5 acre lot in Lombard, Illinois.
• Park 51 (also known as the Cordoba House)…Perhaps, the most controversial mosque in the nation, it began offering services in the 4,000 square foot space in 2011. Only a few hundred yards from where the World Trade Center once stood, the site was dubbed the “Ground Zero Mosque” by its critics.
In what had to be one of the most un-presidential moves in American history, President Barack Obama came out publicly to voice support for opening the mosque, thumbing his nose at the families of those killed on 9/11.
According to a 2010 Pew Research study, Muslims account for 0.9 percent of the population, and that number has remained rather static for a number of years.
There are some obvious questions raised by the aforementioned information: Given the rather low number of Muslims in this country, why the sudden building surge? Why are so many mosques being constructed in rural or suburban areas? Why is so much money being donated from foreign (Muslim) nations to build these mosques?
In conclusion, it would appear that there are many overtly, as well as covertly, working to bring about an American caliphate.