The president of Turkey is convinced that Muslims discovered America long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, so to memorialize this concept -- which is made-up nonsense pulled from thin air -- he is supporting the construction of a mosque in Communist Cuba. How fitting, that a fictional tale of Muslims in America before Columbus should be memorialized in a nation founded on a mountain of lies.
From Sky News
Tayyip Erdogan believes that the Americas were discovered by Muslims and he wants to build a mosque similar to one in Turkey that lies on the European shore of the Bosphorus.
At a conference in Istanbul last November, he told a gathering of Muslim leaders from Latin America that Muslims had reached the Americas in the 12th Century - before the European explorer Christopher Columbus did so in 1492.
Erdogan made his latest request after talks with Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana.
"I presented all the information, project work and visuals regarding the Ortakoy mosque," he said.
'We will do this ourselves. We don't want a partner. If you find it appropriate we want to do this," Mr Erdogan was quoted as saying on his official website.
He told journalists that the Cuban government had agreed a similar proposal with Saudi Arabia some time ago and, in light of that, his planned mosque could be built elsewhere in Cuba.
It is not known how Cuba responded to the request.
Cuba has a population of 11 million people, most of whom are Roman Catholic - there are only a few thousand Muslims.
Mr Erdogan's belief is based on a reference in Columbus' diary of his voyages to a "mosque-like formation" at the top of a mountain but most scholars say the reference was to a natural mountain feature rather than an actual mosque.
Mostly-Muslim Turkey has only slight trade ties with Cuba.
The largest mosque in Latin America is the King Fahd Islamic Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina.