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Count Saudi Mosques in Latin America, Too!

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Submitted by Jan Conroy (United States), Feb 4, 2003 at 17:59

Considering the fact that our borders are open to all comers from Latin America, with only "a wink and a nod" from the Bush Administration, it might be prudent for our government to know which illegal alien sending countries have Wahhabi minorities that could be sent to America to wreck havoc. The next Latino you see preparing your food could be a radical Islamist poisoning your food.

Not much is ever written about the growth of Wahhabism in Mexico and Latin America, though the L.A. Times did a piece on this, on 3/15/99 - "ISLAM IN LATIN AMERICA: New Islamic Movement Seeks Latino Converts" and the Houston Chronicle did a piece 6/30/02 from San Cristobal de las Casas entitled "Mayans convert to Islam."

"Presently, all countries in Latin America have a high concentration of Muslims, communities large enough to be represented, which consist of both immigrants and natives who have reverted to Islam. The number of Muslims in Latin America is now over six million. The constituency of Argentina is over 700,000 and Brazil's over 1,500,000. Upon the start of the year 2000, out of all the countries in Latin America, The Islamic Organisation of Latin America (IOLA) in Argentina, is the most active in Islamic endeavours. Gross funding from Saudi Arabia has allowed them to build a large, traditionally aesthetic mosque, as well as a community centre."
See: http://www.latinmuslims.com/history/spanish_ummah.html
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