Saturday, July 10, 2010

Gulen Hype?

Many readers see stories and reports of Gulen schools listed here and elsewhere and believe his antagonists to be really making a stretch to link Gulen to Islamic teaching.   Some may suggest "Islam is just another religion" and perhaps espouse the view "it just doesn't matter."
If this describes your sentiments I am hopeful you will invest the time to dig deeper.  The threat is real and left unchecked the beast of Islam will swallow up all you hold dear.   Ignoring, placation and comprimise will not prevail.  Prayer and action are needed now.

Fethullah Gulen is a "religious" Muslim and is head of a Muslim cult bearing his name.  That is to say his flavor of Islam is slightly different from others, but at Islam's core are basic tennants.  These tennants are very much a part of the belief system of Fethullah Gulen and leadership within the Gulen school network.  While these tennants may not find their way into the classroom, they do color their world view and as such these tennants are subtly imparted in the Gulen curriculum and in after hours program and field trips.

Let's look at some of these Islamic tennants:
  • The Quran is the supreme political document of Islam--it's political manifesto and political constitution. It is the only constitution of the nation-state Saudi Arabia, which is the home of Mecca and the Kaaba, where all mosques point, and is the birthplace of Islam.
  • The Quran is a totalitarian constitution. It demands submission by anyone within its jurisdiction.
  • The Quran governs all mosques everywhere in the world.
  • As a political document, the Quran asserts everyone in the world is within its jurisdiction. (So far, Islam has not been able to enforce that totalitarian claim on the entire world, but has managed to do so through threat, infiltration, violence, terrorism, and coercion on roughly 20% of the world.) It is engaged in a 1400-year-long Universal Jihad to dominate the rest of the world. All mosques are its outpost headquarters.
  • Central to the Quran's political mandates is prohibition of religious freedom and religious tolerance, along with denouncements of religions such as Christianity and Judaism.
  • All mosque leaders must be loyal to and supportive of these political and militaristic mandates.
  • The Quran as a political document also forbids separation of church and state. That is why every Islamic nation, where Islamic leaders have managed to gain power, is a theocracy, ruled by the Quran and Islamic Sharia law.
There is more.  Please understand the threat of Gulen while often subtle, is real.  World history, philosophy, government and theology are flavored with Gulen's ideaology - Islamic world rule.   The lives of our children and nation are at stake.

Communication to Catholics

This article was submitted to the National Catholic Reporter, July 9, 2010.  Dear reader, please feel free to copy and paste this message in Catholic  newsletters, Knights of Columbus, Catholic schools and similar outlets - TB

Last week Ephiphany of our Lord Catholic School in St. Louis closed its doors after 95 years. The reason? Dwindling enrollment. What will become of the facility? It was purchased by Gateway Science Academy. Gateway is but one of the dozens of names used by Gulen charter schools.

Fetullah Gulen, school founder, sought political assylum in the United States in 1998 after fleeing from the then secular Turkish government.  Gulen now has dozens of campuses in the USA, paid for by you, the taxpayer. Gulen lives in Pennsylvania and directs a major Islamist movement in Turkey as well as controlling a growing number of schools in the USA. Gulen is ranked 13 among the world's most influential Muslims.

The Gulen charter schools have an excellent reputation in science and math but sadly also promotes certain Islamic beliefs.

Recently Gulen bought a church in Colorado to form a school. Gulen's most recent acquisition in St. Louis hardly creates a trend, but it does make one reflect on the history of the Ottoman Empire where Christian leadership and churches were replaced with those of Islam.

Occupation and conversion of formerly Christian buildings is classic. With the fall of Epiphany in St Louis we see the first of what will likely not be the last for the glory of Gulen and their goal of an Islamized America. Be watchful and in prayer.

Friday, July 9, 2010

WRAY: Winning the Harmony Lottery

July 07, 2010 2:00 PM

While one might have expected shouting and cheers of delight as numbers were called, parents gathered to find out whether their child will be selected to go to Harmony Science Academy waited quietly as Harmony Schools superintendent Soner Tarim read the numbers aloud.

“Oh, there’s your number. You’re going to Harmony,” Brittany Powers told her 5-year-old son Nick, after his number was called.

Nick, who will be a kindergartner this fall, didn’t seem to be really challenged by regular studies in pre-K, Powers said.

“The charter school focuses on science and computers, things he’s really into. It just looked like a really good program,” Powers said.

Harmony Science Academy is slated to open in the old Dunlaps building, 2755 N. Grandview, this August, and was recently awarded a charter request by the Texas Education Agency. Since receiving their first charter in 2000, Tarim said they open about five schools a year around the state; they are opening seven this year in Texas, including this one in Odessa.

Initially, news of the new charter school was met with protests from the West Texas Patriots, a small local political group who alleged that Harmony schools have ties to Islamic extremists. After the initial flurry caused by their claims, the protesters have disappeared and Harmony is moving closer to opening its doors as students are randomly selected to fill places in the lottery.

There were 517 applications submitted to Harmony Science Academy and 300 places available. The administrators decided to hold a lottery, drawing numbers out of a fish bowl for each grade, because it seemed like the fairest way to select the students.

The school initially planned to fill just 250 spots, but administrators decided to make it 300 after they saw the amount of community interest, Tarim said. There were 50 students selected for kindergarten through second grade, and just 25 spots each grade from third to eighth grade.

Students whose numbers came up in the lottery have until July 16 to submit their paperwork to the school. After this date, any open spots will be filled by starting at the top of the waiting list, Tarim said.

About 150 people attended the charter school lottery, which was held in a lecture hall at University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Harmony principal Hasan Sazci looked giddy with delight as he surveyed possible Harmony students.

“It’s so exciting. These are the children who are going to make up our school,” Sazci said, with wide, open smile.

Parent Anna De La Cruz was one of the first to apply for a place at the charter school and she said she was excited to know her son would be going to school there.

“I think it’s going to be a great experience for him. It’ll be more entertaining, more involved and more challenging. It was just something new so we thought we’d try it,” De La Cruz said.

Odessa American

LINDE: St Louis Catholic School Replaced by Gulen School

Last week, Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic School held its 95th, and final, graduation ceremony. After several years of financial struggle, and despite various fundraising campaigns, the decision to close the school, a cornerstone its southwestern city neighborhood, was made in early spring. As at many Catholic schools in the city, dwindling enrollment was the reason. It was especially sad for my family, which funneled three generations through its doors. My nephew had the honor of being in that last graduating class, which is bittersweet. Well, mostly bitter.

But hope survives. A new charter school, Gateway Science Academy of St. Louis, will open its doors this August. The school will be housed in the Epiphany building at 6576 Smiley Ave. and will lease it and the grounds from the parish. It's going to be a college preparatory charter school (for a definition of charter schools, see my earlier post here) and is the first school to open in Missouri by the management company Concept Schools, which currently operates 19 charter schools in four states.

Like all charter schools, there is no tuition and any children within the ZIP code boundaries (which surround the school, making it a neighborhood campus) determined by the charter will be eligible to attend, depending on vacancy. The school will open with grades kindergarten through seven the first year and build a grade each additional year through grade 12. According to Cengiz Karatas, the school’s principal, expected enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year is 350.
I’m pretty jonsed about this school. Concept’s model at its other standards-based college prep schools focuses on math and literacy in grades K to eight, then shifts its focus to math, science and technology through high school. Instead of adopting one curricular model, it realizes there are differing aspects from many theories which can be utilized in conjunction successfully. Some of these idealologies include project-based learning, differentiated instruction and direct teaching. Concept schools have won prestigious awards, including The National Blue Ribbon and The National Title 1 Distinguished Award. In addition, unlike any other charter school in the area, Gateway will offer many extra-curricular activities, including sports and after-school clubs.

If you're a parent of a qualifying child, look at the homepage, especially the story about how the schools were started and the amazing things Concept kids do (such as overseas trips!). While Gateway is currently constructing itself – and hard decisions concerning specifics have yet to be made – the Concept model is pretty darn impressive. It isn't like any charter school I’ve seen in this area before, and I, for one, can’t wait to watch it grow.

By Sharon Linde, Education Blogger for SmartParenting

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

ROGERS: Fethullah Gulen: Infiltrating the U.S. through our chartered schools

For some time we have been researching a Turkish-based Islamist movement that has a significant network here in the United States. Given Turkey’s history of secular, democratic government, and some of the remarks made by President Obama in his recent speech there, many of our members and other readers will likely be surprised by what we have found.
I suspect that even many who are well-read on the issue of Islamism are unfamiliar with the Fethullah Gulen Community (FGC), a movement a February 2009 article in the respected Jane's Islamic Affairs Analyst labeled “Turkey’s third power.” Indeed, the article noted in its Key Points: “Turkey’s Islamist Gulen movement, while a powerful political force, is largely an unfamiliar entity to the West.”

The FGC is named after Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish imam who now lives in the United States. He fled Turkey in 1998 to avoid prosecution on charges that he was attempting to undermine Turkey’s secular government with the objective of establish an Islamic government. Since Gulen’s arrival here the Department of Homeland Security tried to deport him, but he successfully fought the effort in federal court because it was ruled he was an individual with “extraordinary ability in the field of education” – although he has no formal education training.

The FGC emerged in Turkey in the 1970’s. According to the Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst piece, Gulen stated that “in order to reach the ideal Muslim society 'every method and path is acceptable, [including] lying to people.’” This public acknowledgement of taqiyya (employing deception to advance Islam) is highly pertinent to Gulen’s activities here in the United States.

A recent article in the Middle East Quarterly by Rachel Sharon-Kreskin titled “Fethullah Gulen’s Grand Ambition” sheds light on Gulen’s background:

Gülen was a student and follower of Sheikh Sa'id-i Kurdi (1878-1960), also known as Sa'id-i Nursi, the founder of the Islamist Nur (light) movement. After Turkey's war of independence, Kurdi demanded, in an address to the new parliament, that the new republic be based on Islamic principles. He turned against Atatürk and his reforms and against the new modern, secular, Western republic.

Sharon-Kreskin documents how the FGC, in league with Turkey’s ruling party, Adalet ve Kalkinma Partisi (AKP), has been successful in gradually moving Turkey away from its secular democratic governance, towards an Islamist state governed by Shariah law, and reorienting itself toward Iran. What’s more, other evidence suggests that Gulen’s ultimate goal may well be the resurrection of the Ottoman Empire so as to reinstate the Islamic Caliph. Clearly this has immensely serious ramifications for geo-political affairs in the Middle East as well as for the continued rise of radical Islam throughout the world.

What makes Gulen particularly dangerous is his strategic and tactical means to achieving this goal. He oversees a worldwide network of businesses, schools, foundations and media outlets, with an estimated budget of 25 billion dollars. Here’s what Gulen had to say in a sermon in 1999 aired on Turkish television:

You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria … like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all—in confidence … trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here—[just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here.

Simply put, he is brilliantly and patiently employing taqiyya on a global scale, because this strategic approach is not confined to Turkey.

Here in the U.S. the FGC runs over 90 charter public schools in at least 20 states. This was brought to our attention by ACT! for America members who actually have relatives who teach in one of these schools, an illustration of the growing reach of ACT! for America’s “eyes and ears” across our country. For obvious reasons we cannot reveal the identity of our sources.

Our readers may be familiar with the numerous emails we have released regarding the operation of the Tarek ibn Zayed Academy (TiZA), a publicly funded charter school in Minnesota that is so blatantly Islamic in nature that the Minnesota Department of Education issued two citations against it and the ACLU is suing it. FGC schools appear to be very different, and reflect the Gulen’s exhortation to “move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers…”

Indeed, the fact that so little has been written about the FGC schools here in the U.S., as well as the accolades that have been accorded the FGC as a model of “moderation” by some in our government, would appear to confirm that the FGC and its schools are doing an excellent job of heeding Gulen’s exhortation and masking their true intent.

During several discussions and emails with our sources inside FGC schools, I asked specifically if the schools promote Islam in the way that the TiZA school in Minnesota does. I was told that this was not the case in the schools these sources were familiar with. However, one particular school (and likely numerous others) appears to be in violation of state law because the school’s affidavit for its charter does not acknowledge that it is connected with a religious institution or group. In other words, those who chartered this school practiced taqiyya by hiding this fact. (Enterprising readers may want to research this with respect to FGC schools around the country. For a list of the FGC network in America and its schools, click here).

What’s more, the schools appear to be a source of recruitment for outside school activities sponsored by the FGC, such as summer camps, which would be in keeping with the pattern of recruitment of members and followers that FGC employs worldwide, according to both the Jane’s and Middle East Quarterly articles.

As a further example of the use of taqiyya, the Jane’s article gives examples of how FGC’s Turkish language media outlet Zaman runs stories with information and headlines that are missing from the English language media outlet Today’s Zaman. This practice of two different messages, one to the indigenous Islamic population and one to the West, is common in the Islamic world, and has led many in the West, including political leaders and academics, to be misled as to the true intentions of Islamists.

In building a sophisticated and well-funded worldwide network, including a substantial presence here in the U.S., Fethullah Gulen is following in the footsteps and exhortations of Mohammed, who counseled patience and deception as a means of overcoming the infidel when the power of the infidel was greater than the power of the umma, the Muslim community. In a very real sense this is as or more sinister than the frontal assault strategy of Islamist organizations such as al Qaeda and Hamas, because, like the proverbial “frog in the kettle,” we are incrementally “boiled alive” without realizing it.

For years American Congress for Truth, and now its “sister” organization ACT! for America, have been ringing the alarm bells about what is variously known as “cultural jihad,” “creeping jihad,” “stealth jihad,” and “creeping shariah.” Much of Europe and Great Britain has been Islamized through this process, a process that invariably does not lead to peaceful coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims, but leads to Islamic self-segregation, increased Islamist militancy and aggression, and the eventual forced imposition of Islamic shariah law within the society.

The FGC charter schools in America may outwardly appear innocuous, but they are serving a greater and long-range objective of Fethullah Gulen. We in the West need to be less gullible and more discerning when it comes to the elements of “stealth jihad” within our midst.
Guy Rodgers is Executive Director of ACT! for America.
An ACT for America exclusive

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bigger Fish

Between now and the beginning of school keep it up. Blog often and communicate everywhere 2 state officials (2 different states have responded) they are alarmed and want answers, have your back up documentation, if you have problems finding it, reach out to us!!! Hit hard on the Islamic and Turkish indoctrination, money fraud, un credentialed foreign teachers. Paper trail is always good to have. Get local media involved, not all are bought off with expensive ads from the schools, talk to your local school districts, teachers, and politicians. Above all educate yourself on charter state laws, regulations, read Gulen's web site and learn what motivates them. Know thy enemy!!

1) State officials in California have been made aware about Magnolia and Bay Area Technology link to Gulen--and the application for $17 million in our state for building fund. Original charter application shows that Dialogue Foundation fronted the money to open the schools, yet they are applying for the $17 million under MERF (Magnolia Education and Research Fund) BLOG ON CHARTER SCHOOL FRAUD WEB SITES on NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, TALK TO YOUR TEA PARTY OR TEA BAGGERS over $600,000 spent on "consulting services", "operating expenses" yet a lousy $100,000 spent on textbooks and lab equipment. Magnolia (Bell) boasts about their trip and performance in Turkey, children are on web site with photo posed in front of a Mosque. New school announces opening with Tim (Timur) Saka who is from "charter" schools in Colorado and Utah. Former founder and board member for Beehive goes back to Turkey where he is appointed head of Council on Higher Education. New MSA in Santa Clara announces Timur (Tim) Saka from Magnolia Reseda will be Principal, and they boast how he opened Charter Schools in CO, UT. (Gulens ERBU Names schools)

who says Gulen isn't connected to the AKP ruling party of Turkey?

2) Beehive Academy UT- closed and now re opened with a probation and another meeting with the state of Utah 7/15. Scandal was so bad last principal was hidden away (where will he re surface?) , new principal (another Turkish National) walked into the state school board meeting with an attorney. They had "chronic mismanagement of funds" private loans and ties to Magnolia, and members of Willow Education, MERF, etc., (Gulen foundations) $53,000 spent on HB-1 Visas, $200,000+ on "Extra Curricular activities" Loans forgiven. Enrollment dropped drastically. School claims state wasn't "clear" on the accountability-and there was "new" information. Minutes from 1 year ago show the same money issues. State of Utah sets forth more ACCOUNTABILITY regulations.

3) Lotus School of Excellence in Aurora, CO has lied about opening another school and was advertising it with a web site BEFORE APPROVAL - however SVVUSD denied them another school in Longmont, CA. They are heavily utilizing interfaith dialogue at Churches (FREE dinners, trips to Turkey, etc.,) and even purchased an old Church to convert to a school. A favorite Islamic past time taking a church and converting or destroying it. Journalist for Longmont Times verifies to me that Lotus was turned DOWN for a Longmont, CO location.

2 TEACHERS WITH CREDENTIALS LET GO, Children reportedly "cutting" themselves. These Turk Guys clearly are unprepared for American attitudes and social behaviors

4) Harmony Science Academy, busted by the West Texas Patriots. Many things are coming out in the news. The Turkish Olympiads, the school web sites boasting of the children going to Turkey, photos, and videos of American children dancing by the Islamic Flag of Turkey. Opening 3 preschools called (Bluebonnet) on the school locations. This is a model stolen from Sonoran Science Academy and their Daisy Learning Center. The pre-schools have a tuition fee of $150.00 a week (revenue stream) you cannot mix a non-profit with a "for profit" Daisy Learning Center in Az was busted by family services for this. Cosmos foundation raised over $10 million from Bill Gates Foundation (who we are sure doesn't know about the Turkish domination in the schools) Peyton Wolcott exposes the Superintendents in Texas and kick backs to Turkish Contractor EGE who get the exclusive contract to build the Harmony Science Academy's in Texas. Dr. Soner Tarim, Superintendent denies any connection to "Gulen" how ever - ex FBI Turkish Translator Sibel Edmonds testifies about Gulen's schools in Texas and Gulen's web sites make reference to his many schools. Government officials tied into Gulen's Raindrop Turkish House, complete with regular dinners, Turkish coffee and LOTS of trips to Turkey with children. Why does Dr. Tarim always look like the "doe in the headlight" every time someone questions him about Gulen involvement?, Hispanic,Africian American children are taught to abandoned their culture, learn to dance proudly under the Islamic flag of Turkey. Perform in Turkey. (thanks for exposing the 1,100+ HB-1 Visas 2001 to 2009)
Let show them Texas style what America is!

5) Triad Math and Science Academy, NC web site boasts of the trip to Washington DC and their performance at the Turkish Olympiad, they are also on the Gulen web site (videos) in their costumes at the
same Gulen sponsored Turkish Olympaid , (MAFTAA). They are turned into state officials, and a very well-known Charter competitor was very interested in the information we had. Charter competition gets fierce for state money. Turkish Gulen school "TIE, Technology Integrated Education. More bells and whistles for the "Appearances" but little substance to the children. Word is they are applying for a new school consideration, so "block that punt" elaborate Turkish Olympiads productions: Washington DC, Texas, Arizona, California, Cleveland, Atlanta and more.

The participants were the mid Atlantic areas. The school's web sites all mention that they participated in this Turkish Olympiad.


North Carolina


6) Sonoran Science Academies (AZ) to the biggest liar of them all Faith Karatas, Principal of SSA Tuscon. Lies to Journalist Tim Steller about his past work at LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) Tim did his due diligence and found Karatas never worked for LAUSD, but worked for Magnolia Science Academy (his Turkish Gulen Brothers in California) which is UNDER the management of LAUSD. Liar Liar-pants on Fire. SSA pioneered the pre-school Daisy Learning Center, (named after yet another Gulen foundation Daisy Education Corporation) was fined by the Family Services for the "Profit" day care center co - mingled with the non-profit schools. Karatas, the next time you choose to threaten a parent with legal action -follow through with it instead of idle threats. Lying about waiting list for enrollment, lying about teachers inappropriate behavior, etc,. Americans are on to the "I sue you" from foreigners(say with accent)

Karatas is squeezing his butt cheeks over AZ state monitoring public school teachers for accents, coming down hard on the illegals and immigrants-same to imported teachers. Yet the Turk boys (most are young and male) have heavy THICK accents. Thank you to reporter Tim Steller for exposing that SSA had 38 HB-1 Visas in 1 year. Who(m) is paying for these Visas? Are HB-1 Visas a bonafide "expense?'" My next pay check says the Turkish guys are using Uncle Sam to finance their scam. thank you Tim for coining the phrase "strategic ambiguity"

7) Horizon Science Academy (OH) Money, Money, Money, why are these guys always e mailing each other for money? American teachers are not respected, yet they have the credentials.

Thank you Cleveland for educating us on what an "audit" is

8) Chicago Math and Science Academy (IL) Gulen's Web site boasts about the "Chicago Turkish School" and the science fair, they also name a fellow Gulen Teacher Mr. Arslan who works at CMSA in room 109.

The American Teachers have voted in a UNION, and are fighting for their rights! American teacher who is 8.6 months pregnant is fired. Chicago teachers, fight for your rights and stay together on this!!!

Seems that Gulen even boasted about the accomplishments of their Chicago Science Science Academy's achievements at a local Science Fair. Teacher and Gulen follower Mr. Arslan mentioned in the Gulen article ..teaches in room 109.

9) Florida, et al Florida is picking up steam, we have someone who has contacted the local "Jihad Watch" and blogs frequently in local papers about schools. Coral Science (NV) has had financial issues and some scandals (law suits, and police called for a student attempted kid napping) Dove Science (OK) this school has hit some financial hard spots, also those Turk boys stand out in good ole Oklahoma. Young Scholars of Penns.

Author and professor, Dr. Paul Williams for not being afraid of the "truth" and caring so much about our country and children.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

SCHWARTZ: Islamist Gülen Movement Runs U.S. Charter Schools

A secretive foreign network of Islamic radicals now operates dozens of charter schools -- which receive government money but are not required to adopt a state-approved curriculum -- on U.S. soil. The inspirer of this conspiratorial effort is Fethullah Gülen, who directs a major Islamist movement in Turkey and the Turkish Diaspora but lives in the United States. He is number thirteen among the world's "50 most influential Muslims," according to one prominent listing.

Gülen has been criticized as the puppet master for the current Turkish government headed by the "soft Islamist" Justice and Development Party, known by its Turkish initials as the AKP, in its slow-motion showdown with the secularist Turkish military. But Gülen is also known in Muslim countries for his network of 500-700 Islamic schools around the world, according to differing sources favorable to his movement. A more critical view of Gülen's emphasis on education asserts that his international network of thousands of primary and secondary schools, universities, and student residences is a key element in solidifying an Islamist political agenda in Turkey.

But in startling news for Americans, the Gülen movement operates more than 85 primary and secondary schools on our soil. A roster of the Gülen schools and of the numerous foundations that support them has been released to the public by the patriotic group Act! for America. The Gülen schools are often designated as "science academies" and are concentrated in Texas, Ohio, and California -- with others scattered across the rest of the country.

Two states that host Gülen charter schools are Arizona and Utah. In the former, the Daisy Education Corporation (the Gülen movement loves friendly-sounding institutional names) operates three schools in Tucson: one serving kindergarten through the eighth grade, another designated as an elementary school, and a middle-high school, all under the rubric of the Sonoran Science Academy. In Phoenix, it runs a satellite kindergarten-to-10th-grade campus with the same name.

The appearance of Gülen charter schools in Tucson has produced critical attention in local media. TheTucson Weekly published a report at the end of 2009 noting that the Sonoran Science Academy in the southern Arizona town had been named "charter school of the year" by the Arizona Charter School Association. But writer Tim Vanderpool reported that according to one dismayed parent, who declined identification while pointing out the Gülen movement's history of intimidating critics, "the Sonoran Academy seems constantly to be bringing Turkish educators into the United States, and subjecting students to substitute teachers while the teachers await work visas." Vanderpool submits that "several Sonoran Academy parents believe the school has a hidden agenda to promote Gülen's brand of Turkish nationalism, advance sympathy for that country's political goals such as winning acceptance into the European Union, and discourage official acknowledgment of Turkey's genocide against the Armenians during World War I." Such issues are exotic, to say the least, for Tucson parents.

Earlier in 2009, the Beehive Science and Technology Academy, a high school in Salt Lake City, came under similar critical scrutiny from the Salt Lake Tribune. That major daily's writer, Kirsten Stewart, reported that the Utah State Charter Board had begun an investigation of the Beehive school following complaints from a former teacher and an alarmed parent. The complainants asserted that while "Beehive advertises itself as a public charter school offering college-bound seventh through 12th graders a foundation in math and science ... the school has another mission: to advance and promote certain Islamic beliefs. They point to questionable financial transactions and hiring practices as proof of the school's covert ties to Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen."

But while Fatih Karatas, principal of the Sonoran Science Academy middle school in Tucson, flatly denied any connection with the Gülen movement, Beehive principal Muhammet "Frank" Erdogan in Salt Lake City admitted such links in the case of his school. The Salt Lake Tribune quoted his admission that along with him, "many of Beehive's teachers and founders also support Gülen's ideals." The paper also described how "Adam Kuntz, a first-year history teacher at Beehive, was fired [in spring 2009], he alleges, for taking academic freedom concerns to the state board. Earlier in the school year, Kuntz had a run-in with Erdogan over a lesson plan on World War II and the Holocaust. Erdogan wanted Kuntz to revise the plan and during a tape-recorded meeting, questioned conventional accounts of the genocide."

Kelly Wayment, a parent of three children in the school, was removed from his post on the Beehive administrative board after he e-mailed other parents about Gülen movement influence in the school. Wayment told the Salt Lake Tribune that as in the Tucson case, teachers "tend to be from Turkey and central Asian republics living here on work visas."

Americans should ask both why and how the Islamist Gülen movement has managed to establish such a large presence for Turkish religious political indoctrination in publicly financed education -- and should unite to oppose it.
- Stephen Schwartz
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz is executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism in Washington, D.C. This article was sponsored by Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

WILLIAMS: Exclusive: World’s ‘Most Dangerous Islamist’ Alive, Well, and Living in Pennsylvania

An Islamic Armed Fortress Emerges in the Pocono Mountains

The most dangerous Islamist in the world is neither Afghani nor Arab.

He comes from neither Sudan nor Somalia.

And he resides in neither the mountains of Pakistan nor the deserts of the Palestinian territories.

This individual has toppled the secular government of Turkey and established madrassahs throughout the world.

His schools indoctrinate children in the tenets of radical Islam and prepare adolescents for the Islamization of the world.

More than 90 of these madrassahs have been established as charter schools throughout the United States. They are funded by American taxpayers.

One of these charter schools – Tarek ibn Zayed Academy (TiZA) in Minnesota – is so radically Islamic and subversive in nature that the Minnesota Department of Education issued two citations against it and the American Civil Liberties Union is suing it.

Dozens of his universities, including the Faith University in Istabul, train young men to become lawyers, accountants, and political leaders so that they can take an active part in the restoration of the Ottoman Empire and the Islamization of the Western World.

He also allegedly operates compounds to train jihadis in the tactics of guerilla warfare.

This individual has amasssed a fortune – over $30 billion – for the creation of a universal caliphate.

His name is Fethullah Gulen and he resides not in the wilds of southern Turkey – but the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

From his fortess headquarters, located on 28 acres at 1857 Mt. Eaton Road in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, Gulen plots the overthrow of secular governments and oversees the spread of education jihad throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Gulen is surrounded by an army of over 100 Turkish Islamists, who guard him and tend to his needs. The army is comprised of armed militants who wear suits and ties and do not look like traditional Islamists in cloaks and turbans. They follow their hocaefendi's (master lord’s) orders and even refrain from marrying until age 50 per his instructions. When they do marry, their spouses are expected to dress in the Islamic manner, as dictated by Gulen himself.

The Saylorsburg property consists of a massive chalet surrounded by numerous out buildings, including recreational centers, dormitories, cabins for visiting foreign dignitaries, a helicopter pad, and firing ranges.

Neighbors complain of the incessant sounds of gunfire – including the rat-tat-tat of fully automatic weapons – coming from the compound and the low flying helicopter that circles the area in search of all intruders.

The FBI has been called to the scene, the neighbors say, but no action has been taken to end the illegal activity.

Sentries stand guard at the gates to the estate to turn away all curiosity seekers.

Within the sentry hut are wide screen televisions that project high resolution images from security cameras.

Before the hut is a sign that reads “Golden Generation Worship and Retreat Center.”

It’s hard for the local residents to understand that the Muslim who operates this compound is not an American political or intelligence official – but rather a radical Islamist from Turkey.

Gulen fled Turkey in 1998 to avoid prosecution on charges that he was attempting to undermine Turkey’s secular government with the objective of establishing an Islamic government. Since his arrival in Pennsylvania, the Department of Homeland Security has been trying to deport him. But in 2008 a federal court ruled that Gulan was an individual with “extraordinary ability in the field of education” who merited permanent residence status in the U.S.

The ruling remains quizzical because Gulen has no formal education or training.

Gulen, according to the Middle East Quarterly, was a student and follower of Sheikh Sa'id-i Kurdi (1878-1960), also known as Sa'id-i Nursi, the founder of the Islamist Nur (light) movement. After Turkey's war of independence, Kurdi demanded, in an address to the new parliament, that the new republic be based on Islamic principles. He turned against Atatürk and his reforms and against the new modern, secular, Western republic.

How powerful is Gulen? And why is he such a threat to America and the Western world?

Consider this.

Turkey is now ruled by the Justice and Democratic Party (Adalet ve Kalkinma, AKP)- - a party under the Gulen’s control. Abdullah Gul, Turkey’s first Islamist President, is a Gulen disciple along with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Yusuf Ziya Ozcan, the head of Turkey’s Council of Higher Education.

Under the AKP, Turkey has transformed from a secular state into an Islamic country with 85,000 active mosques – one for every 350- citizens – the highest number per capita in the world, 90,000 imams, more imams than teachers and physicians – and thousands of state-run Islamic schools.

Despite the rhetoric of European Union accession, Turkey has transferred its alliance from Europe and the United States to Russia and Iran. It has moved toward friendship with Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria and created a pervasive anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, and anti-America animus throughout the populace.

Speaking on Monday at the inauguration ceremony of "TRT al Turkiye," the new channel of the state run TV station TRT, Prime Minister Erdogan said Turkey will always be on the side of Muslims wherever they are.

Gulen’s tentacles stretch throughout the country since his followers, known as Fethullahists, have gained control of the country’s media outlets, its financial institutions and banks, and its business organizations.

According to Bayram Balci, a Turkish scholar, the Gulen schools that have been established throughout the world seek to expand “the Islamization of Turkish nationality and the Turification of Islam” in order to bring about a universal caliphate ruled by Islamic law.

Several countries have outlawed the establishment of Gulen schools and cemaats (communities) within their borders – including Russia and Uzbekistan. Even the Netherlands, a nation that embraces pluralism and tolerance, has opted to cut funding to the Gulen schools because of their imminent threat to the social order.

But Gulen’s activities in the United States, including the establishment of an armed fortress in the midst of the Pocono Mountains, have escaped national press attention.

In his public statements, Gulen espouses a liberal version of Sunni/Hanafi Islam and promotes the Muslim notion of hizmet – altruistic service to the common good.

Despite the paramilitary training at his Pocono fortress, Gulen has condemned terrorism and called for interfaith dialogue. He has met with Pope John Paul II, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos, and Israeli Sephardic Head Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron.

In private, Gulen has stated that “in order to reach the ideal Muslim society ‘every method and path is acceptable, [including] lying to people.’”

In a sermon that was aired on Turkish television, Gulen said:

You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers … until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria … like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all—in confidence … trusting your loyalty and secrecy. I know that when you leave here—[just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and the feelings that I expressed here.

Why has the federal government opted to turn a blind eye to Gulen and his mountain fortress?

Why have Gulen’s madrassahs been kept under the radar screen of Hoimeland Security?

Why have the CIA and FBI allowed Gulen to wreak havoc and topple secular governments without interruption or intervention?

The questions beg answers. Contributing Editor Paul L. Williams is the author of The Day of Islam: The Annihilation of America and the Western World, The Al Qaeda Connection, and other best-selling books. He is a frequent guest on such national news networks as ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR. Visit his website at

- Dr. Paul L. Williams