Many mosques are funded by the Turkish government, which appears to have deep pockets for such projects. Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has made clear when visiting his colonists residing in Germany that Turks in Europe should not assimilate to Western values, but remain loyal to Islam and their homeland.
Muslims use the same blueprint in this country, namely to build structures as centers to organize and spread jihad.
“He’s been expelled from several countries,” said J.M. Berger, the author of the newly released Jihad Joe: Americans who go to war in the name of Islam, which examines the activities of Mr. Philips, a convert born in Jamaica, partly raised in Toronto and Vancouver, educated in Saudi Arabia and who now lives in Qatar.
Mr. Philips spoke last Friday at the Abu Huraira Centre, a Toronto mosque that was in the spotlight in 2009 after police began investigating a few young worshippers who had allegedly traveled to Somalia to join the al-Qaeda-linked extremist group Al Shabab.
Next month, Mr. Philips is scheduled to speak at the Toronto Journey of Faith conference, which made headlines last year when the federal government refused to allow one of the keynote speakers, Indian preacher Zakir Naik, into the country.
“He’s very influential among English-speaking Muslims,” Mr. Berger said of Mr. Philips. “He’s very articulate, very charismatic. At the same time a lot of controversy attends to him because of the different views that he’s expressed, including views on homosexuality.” (…)
They brought the plan to Mr. Philips because he had helped convert hundreds of American troops stationed in Saudi Arabia after the first Gulf War. (…)
Although somewhat curtailed in his travels, Mr. Philips still reaches his followers through the Islamic Online University, which he founded a decade ago, and his website, which calls Jews “misguided human beings who need Islam.”
Asked why some governments don’t seem to want him visiting, he replied, “Well, I think mainly it is an issue of assimilation. I mean, they want Muslims in their countries to assimilate and be indistinguishable from the regular local population.
“That’s what I see at the bottom of it.”
Were the majority of those American troops/Muslim converts black, white or Hispanic? Anybody?