Infiltrating the U.S. Through Charter Schools?

From ACT! for America

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 acknowledgment 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.

Note: Articles listed under “Middle East studies in the News” provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch’s critique.

More from Discover the Networks:

“In 1983, [then-] Colonel Yasar Buyukanit was commander of the Kuleli Military High School. [At that time] the newly organized community of [Turkish Islamist sect leader] Fethullah [Gulen] – which is now very widespread – managed to infiltrate [the Kuleli School, enrolling] 80 of their students in it. These students would have become future commanders! [...] A disciplinary committee, of five officers headed by Buyukanit, expelled all 80. [...]

“The plot was led by Fethullah’s daily newspaper Zaman, and religionist [i.e. Islamist] and divisive [separatist] websites… […] Some years ago, Fethullah Gulen targeted [another military leader,] Air Force commander Gen. Ahmet Corekci – because Gen. Corekci had identified, one by one, Fethullah’s officers and NCOs in the Air Force… […]

The Fethullahists have the political power to influence the judiciary, direct the media, and even intimidate bank owners by threatening that their followers might withdraw all their funds from their banks… It is a fact that Fethullahists know how to use their political and economic power very well. They are experts in inserting their influence into the judiciary, the police, politics and the economy [of the country] […]” [14]

More from http://www.turkishforum.com.tr

FETULLAH GULEN Schools in the US:

Arizona

Schools Operated by Daisy Education Corporation

Sonorant Science Academy-Tucson Middle-High School 2325 W Sunset Rd., Tucson, AZ 85741

Sonorant Science Academy-Tucson Elementary School 2325 W Sunset Rd., Tucson, AZ 85741

Sonorant Science Academy-Broadway Kindergarten – Grade 8 6880

E Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85710

Sonoran Science Academy-Phoenix Kindergarten – Grade 10 4837

E McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85008

Daisy Early Learning Academy 2325

W Sunset Rd., Tucson, AZ 85741

Davis Monthan Air Force Base *Opening 2009*

Arkansas

Lisa Academy 21 Corporate Hill Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205

Lisa Academy-North 5410 Landers Rd Sherwood, AR 72117

California

Magnolia Science Academy 1 18238 Sherman Way

Reseda, CA 91335

Magnolia Science Academy 2 18425 Kittridge St Reseda, CA 91335

Magnolia Science Academy 3 1444 W Rosecrans Ave Gardena, CA

90249

Magnolia Science Academy 4 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA

90291

Magnolia Science Academy 5 1530 N Wilton Pl Hollywood, CA 90028

Magnolia Science Academy San Carlos

Momentum Middle School 6365 Lake Atlin, San Diego, CA 92119

Bay Area Technology School (Bay Tech) 4521 Webster St. Oakland,CA 94609

Pacific Technology School-San Juan *Opening 2009*

Pacific Technology School-Santa Ana *Opening 2009*

Colorado

Lotus School for Excellence Aurora, CO.

Florida

Orlando Science Middle School 2427 Lynx Lane. Orlando, FL 32804

River City Science Academy 3266 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville, FL

Sweet water Branch Academy 1000 NE 16th Ave. Building C Gainesville, FL 32601

Stars Middle School 1234 Blountstown Highway, Tallahassee, FL 32304

Georgia

Fulton Science Academy Middle School 1675Hembree Rd Alpharetta GA 30009

Technology Enriched Accelerated Charter High School 4100 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005

Illinois

Science Academy of Chicago Grade 1-Grade 8 8350 N.

Greenwood Ave, Niles, IL 60714

Chicago Math and Science Academy Secondary School 1705 West Lunt Ave,

Chicago, IL 60626

Indiana

Operated by Concept Schools, Inc.

Indiana Math and Science Academy Grade 6-Grade 12 4575 W 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254

Louisiana

Abramson Science and Technology 5552 Read Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127

Maryland

Chesapeake Science Point Secondary School 1321 Mercedes Drive Suite QS,Hanover, MD 21076

Massachusetts

Pioneer Charter School of Science Grade 7- Grade 10 51-59 Summer Street, Everett MA, 02149

Missouri

Broadside-Frontier Math and Science School Secondary School 5605 Troost Kansas City, MO 64110

Broadside Charter and Day School Elementary School

5220 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110

Nevada

Coral Academy of Science-Las Vegas 8185 Tamarus St., Las

Vegas, NV 89123

Coral Academy of Science-Reno Secondary School 1350 East Ninth Street

Reno, NV 89512

Coral Academy of Science- Reno Elementary School 1701 Valley Road Reno, NV

89512

New Jersey

Bergen Arts and Science Charter School K-8 200

MacArthur Ave, Garfield, NJ, 07026

Paterson Charter School For Science And Technology

276 Wabash Ave., Paterson, NJ 07503

Tuition Schools

Pioneer Academy of Science K-12 366 Clifton

Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07011

Ohio

Operated by Concept Schools, Inc.

Horizon Science Academy-Cincinnati Middle School-High School 1055

Laidlaw Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45237

Horizon Science Academy-Cleveland High School 6000

South Marginal Rd., Cleveland, OH 44103

Horizon Science Academy-Cleveland Middle School 6100

South Marginal Rd. Cleveland, OH 44103

Horizon Science Academy-Cleveland Elementary School 6150

South Marginal Rd. Cleveland, OH 44103

Horizon Science Academy-Columbus High School 1070

Morse Rd. Columbus, OH 43229

Horizon Science Academy-Columbus Middle School 1341

Bethele Road Columbus, Ohio 43220

Horizon Science Academy-Columbus Elementary School 2835

Morse Rd., Columbus, OH 43231

Horizon Science Academy-Dayton 545

Odlin Ave Dayton,OH 45405

HORIZON SCIENCE ACADEMY – DENISON K-1, Grade 4-Grade 8 1700

Denison Avenue, Cleveland OH 44109

HORIZON SCIENCE ACADEMY – SPRINGFIELD Grade 5- Grade 8 630

South Reynolds Road, Toledo, OH 43615-6314

HORIZON SCIENCE ACADEMY – TOLEDO High School 425

Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, OH 43604-1060

Noble Academy-Columbus K-Grade 8 1329

Bethel Road Columbus, Ohio – 43220

Noble Academy-Cleveland 1200 E.

200th Street Euclid, Ohio 44117

Oklahoma

Schools operated under the Cosmos Foundation, TX.

Dove Science Academy-OKC Secondary School 919 NW 23rd St. Oklahoma City,

OK 73106

Dove Science Academy-OKC Elementary School 4901 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma

City, OK 73105

Dove Science Academy-Tulsa 280 S Memorial Dr.

Tulsa,OK 74112

Tuition school affiliated with Raindrop Turkish House

Bluebonnet Learning Center of Tulsa Nursery, Pre-School and Pre-Kinder

education 280 S Memorial Dr., Tulsa, OK 74112

Pennsylvania

Truebright Science Academy Secondary School 926 West Sedgley

Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19132

Snowdrop Science Academy Pre-school – Grade 7 233 Seaman

Lane, Monroeville, PA 15146

Texas

Operated by The Cosmos Foundation

Harmony Science Academy-Austin Secondary School 930

East Rundberg Lane Austin,TX 78753

Harmony School of Science-Austin Kindergarten- Grade 8 11800 Stonehollow

Dr. Suite 100 Austin, TX 78758

Harmony Science Academy-North Austin Grade 6- Grade 10 1421 Wells Branch

Pkwy W Suite 200 Pflugerville, TX78660

Harmony Science Academy-Beaumont Kindergarten- Grade 10 4055 Calder Ave,

Beaumont, TX 77706

Harmony Science Academy-Brownsville

Harmony Science Academy-Bryan/ College Station

Harmony Science Academy-Dallas Secondary School 11995 Forestgate Dr

Dallas,TX 75243

Harmony Science Academy-Dallas Elementary School 11995 Forestgate Dr

Dallas,TX 75243

Harmony Science Academy- El Paso 9405 Betel Dr. 79907 El Paso, TX

Harmony Science Academy-Fort Worth

Harmony Science Academy-Grand Prairie 1102 NW 7th St, Grand Prairie, TX

75050

Harmony Science Academy-Houston Secondary School 5435 S. Braeswood,

Houston, TX 77096

Harmony School of Excellence-Houston Elementary-Secondar y y School 7340 N

Gessner Rd, Houston, TX, 77040

Harmony School of Innovation-Houston 9421 West Sam Houston Parkway S,Houston, TX 77099

Harmony School of Science-Houston 13415 W Belford Ave. Sugar Land, TX 77478

Harmony Science Academy-Northwest Kindergarten- Grade 10 16200 Tomball

Pkwy (SH 249), Houston, TX 77086

Harmony Science Academy-Laredo 4401 San Francisco Avenue Laredo, TX 78041

Harmony Science Academy-Lubbock 1516 53rd Street, Lubbock, TX 79412

Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio 8505 Lakeside Parkway San Antonio, TX, 78245

Harmony Science Academy-Wako 1900 N. Valley Mills Dr. WACO, TX 76710

Texas Gulf Institute Career Center Adult Education 9431 W Sam Houston  Pkwy S #203, Houston, TX 77099

Riverwalk Education Foundation, Inc

School of Science and Technology Discovery K-12 5707 Bandera Road, Leon Valley, TX 78238

School of Science and Technology-San Antonio Secondary School

1450 NE LOOP 410, San Antonio, TX 78209-1543

School of Science and Technology-Corpus Christi

Tuition schools affiliated with Raindrop Turkish House

Bluebonnet Learning Center of Houston Nursery, Pre-School and Pre-Kinder

education 9303 W Sam Houston Parkway South Suit 200, Houston, TX 77099

Bluebonnet Learning Center of Dallas Nursery, Pre-School and Pre-Kinder education 1416 E Collins Blvd., Richardson, TX 75081

Bluebonnet Learning Center of El Paso Nursery, Pre-School and

Pre-Kinder education 9405 Betel Dr., El Paso, Texas 79907

Utah

Beehive Science and Technology Academy Secondary School 1011 Murray Holiday Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84117

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Career Academy Middle-High School 4801 S 2nd St., Milwaukee, WI 53207

33 Responses

  1. [...] AGGRESSIVE ISLAM Infiltrating the U.S. Through Charter Schools? …. [...]

  2. You’re loonies, all of you. I’ve worked for a Turkish-run charter school for several years and am personally acquainted with its administration and Board of Trustees. They aren’t from some Turkish Islamist party. Get a life, wackjobs. You’re all paranoid Islamophobes.

  3. I love how every time someone dares to suggest that these Gulen schools are connected to Gulen and his very clearly geo-political organization, they are called “loonies”, “wackjobs” or some other offensive name. If you don’t believe this is true, then why don’t you try and offer some proof, instead of just infantile comments? You say that you worked for a “Turkish-run charter school”, and are “personally acquainted with its administration and Board of Trustees”, have you asked them personally if they are affiliated with Gulen? Are they all Turkic, or are there any U.S. citizens that are on the board or in the administration? And as far as calling anyone who believes this to be true being “paranoid Islamophobes” I don’t recall anything ever being said about Islam being the point of this organization. Gulen and his organization is the problem not Islam.

  4. Seriously, it’s just a charter school. At least they offer a better education than what the public schools offer. Also, if you really research, I think you need to review your sources’ credibility. It saddens me that you really are spreading something like this. All I ask instead of reading what other people say about Gullen to actually read his materials. I do not work anything related to these organizations. However, coming from a catholic university, it is best to read the true sources with correct context other than construing the interpretation. Also, I recommend you reading Modern Turkish History, like Turkey : a modern history / Erik J. Zürcher.

  5. Seriously, if that’s all you have to offer, why waste time even posting. You provide nothing to refute any of the information above or the sources, and then you provide absolutely no counter information/sources in return.

    As for Turkey in general, we follow events there and the intolerance is palpable…

    Battle Over a Christian Monastery Tests Turkey’s Tolerance of Minorities

    But you ought to read more about history…as that old saying goes:

    The city of Hirqil [that is, Constantinople] was conquered by the young 23-year-old Ottoman Muhammad bin Morad, known in history as Muhammad the Conqueror, in 1453. The other city, Romiyya, remains, and we hope and believe [that it too will be conquered]. This means that Islam will return to Europe as a conqueror and victor, after being expelled from it twice – once from the South, from Andalusia, and a second time from the East, when it knocked several times on the door of Athens.”

    Mehmet the Conqueror was motivated by exactly the same religious ideology that motivates the Islamic warriors of the contemporary era. Historian Halil Inalcik says of the Ottomans that their “culture was dominated by the Islamic conception of Holy War or ghaza.” Ghaza refers to warfare to expand the land under the hegemony of Islam — and thus it is not identical to jihad, but is one of the chief means of jihad. Inalcik continues: “By God’s command the ghaza had to be fought against the infidels’ dominions, dar al-harb (the abode of war), ceaselessly and relentlessly until they submitted.” (The Cambridge History of Islam, Volume 1A, Cambridge University Press, 1970, p. 269)

    Another source for your Turkish history: The Fall of Constantinople 1453, Cambridge University Press

    …in 1453, the conquerers were extraordinarily brutal. Historian Steven Runciman notes that the Muslim soldiers “slew everyone that they met in the streets, men, women, and children without discrimination. The blood ran in rivers down the steep streets from the heights of Petra toward the Golden Horn. But soon the lust for slaughter was assuaged. The soldiers realized that captives and precious objects would bring them greater profit.” (The Fall of Constantinople 1453, Cambridge University Press, 1965, p. 145.)

    There’s plenty more if you choose not to ignore history, and how it is repeating itself today.

  6. My child goes to Magnolia Science Academy and we are Jewish. I have seen absolutely nothing Islamist about it.

    • The only female teachers are the american ones, that usually last 1-2 years and are entry level. Magnolia teaches turkish language, singing /dancing and the kids learn the Turkish national anthem that they perform under the Flag of Turkey which is the SYMBOL of Islam (Crescent and Star)
      The children perform at Turkish Olympiads and are flown to Turkey to to perform at Gulen’s world wide even’t “dog and pony show”
      The kids are learning Turkish Character (evidently the arrogant Turkish Teachers believe American character isn’t up to their standard)
      meanwhile Magnolia science academy was initially funded by the Dialog Foundation from San Diego (a Gulen Interfaith Front)
      They most definately teach Islam in it’s intentions and push American culture to the back burner. Teaching American children Turkish patriotism and that Turkish and Islam are associated with peace, love, happiness. rainbows and sunshine.

  7. What does your being Jewish have to do with anything?

    Are you expecting them to post a sign that says “THIS IS AN ISLAMIST CHARTER SCHOOL? That you don’t see it is by design.

  8. The object is not to teach Islam. According to the Koran they would just assume see you dead than alive. The object is to suck the federal for as much money as it can get. The accord institute (another Gulen non profit) distributes the curriculam. Etc. That money is washed back and forth and funnelled up to expand the Gulen movement and his goons.
    Let me ask. Why would a private individual give a personal loan of 60,000 or more to a school? This happens. As a business man what is the ROI? How does this individual make his money? Oh working for a Gulen Non profit? Its about washing money and cooking the books.
    How many of these other schools operate the same way? Why do they threaten others just for talking about Gulen?

  9. for those who say the do not teach Islamic ways, please google “turkish harmony science academy,” you will find out how many things they are teaching the kids. anywhere from food to offering classes that teach the turkish language. You will be surprised at what you find!!! We are pulling our daughter out of the fort worth location. The school is says enrollment is through lottery, but if you take a long hard look at the ratio of Islamic kids vs. any other race, you will see there are more islamic kids.

  10. I am outraged by what I am hearing about the disdain teachers and staff have toward students who proclaim they are Christians. It is not right, it is wrong and I am pulling my kid out today from harmony school. they subtling put islamic symbols every chance they get. the kids are told that they can’t even say Christmas. They speak of their religion by hiding it with the word, “culture.” I have my children attending for 5 months and it is not inviting, the lottery is not a true lottery, it is highly concentrated with muslims, which is not a problem. The problem is that it is impossible for them to separate their faith from their culture so you are saturated with it on the campus.

    The schools have high ratings not because they are so great but because they select students and parents who are involved must provide transportation to the school. Parents who are not involved or don’t care won’t sacrifice this so they are weeded out. Single parents struggle to figure out how to do this.

  11. I am glad to see that parents at some of these Gulen schools are speaking out about their experiences. These schools are a grave problem, and if no one comes forward and does something about them, they will continue to spread. Right now there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 120-130 Gulen schools here in the U.S. But even more importantly, contact your local newspaper and T.V. stations, let them know what is going on, this group cannot operate in the open, they are unable to stand up to public scrutiny, and if enough people find out about them they will close. Also don’t listen to the knee jerk reactions of the so called “open minded” people, who see any criticism of these schools as Islamophobia, they have no clue what is going on, and they don’t even have the wherewithal to research it, and find out for themselves. There is a web site that is available to people interested in sharing information about Gulen schools and charter schools in general, it is called allthefactsplease.weebly.com this is an open forum where you can post and get information about these groups, I would encourage you to go there and get involved.

  12. Cited:

    “In terms of formal organization, all facilities set up by Gülen’s followers are independent units and promote themselves as such. Yet they are joined in an “educational network of virtue”, as all the leading figures were socialized within the cemaat, participate in the cemaat’s life and are connected to each other through the close interpersonal links of the cemaat.”

    “In the field of education, this part of the identity is however not stressed and teachers from outside the cemaat work at these schools as well. They may be non-Muslims and in many cases the pupils have never heard of Fethullah Gülen. In this sense, the schools may not be considered as Gülen-cemaat schools. But this assumption would deny the fact that without Gülen and the people of the cemaat, who view their work as a religious service, these schools would not exist.”

    -Discursive and Organizational Strategies of the Gülen Movement, Bekim Agai, 12 November 2005

    http://www.fethullahgulen.org/conference-papers/294-the-fethullah-gulen-movement-i/2132-discursive-and-organizational-strategies-of-the-gulen-movement.html#14

    This is how they got around getting a charter based that they not a relgiuos school. However,Gulen has a special interest in them. Its kind of reversed.
    Why would wealthy Turks donate so much and money, what is the ROI? How can a teacher go so long with out pay and tolerate it? Again, its fraud for the principal to write a news letter claiming the schools has been hit with cuts. All the other news articles out there say they haven’t. Look at the structure and culture of the school. Its racist,sexist and unlawful. What if this movement grows to such numbers and becomes radical?

    Our tax dollars paid for it using our children and corporations to do so. I think the public has a right know. If there values align with this then by all means donate and send your child there. If it doesn’t, then pull them out and do not participate.

  13. Turkish-run schools in america? Deputy Erik Telen, investigated a “moslem-run” charter school in the foothills above Fresno, CA.
    When Erik entered the compound he was met with a bullet and shot dead.

    Islamic run schools in America is not a good thing, The Turkish ones will only teach hatred toward Christianity as they have systematically for centuries brutalized Christian Greeks, Assyrians, Armenians, people of the Balkans……..
    Lets not forget the last pope was shot by a Grey-Wolf radical Turkish man.

  14. the Bay Area Technology school claims they offer ‘FREE TUITION” and that Math Matters, this is a bunch of hogwash by Turkish Nationals to brainwash your children.
    Here is the school staff for this school. Most of these names are Turkish

    Name of Director Title e-mail address
    Baris Cagdaser, PH.D President bcagdaser@baytechschool.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Mehmet Sen, PH.D Vice President sen@baytechschool.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Sefa Isik Director sisik@baytechschool.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Ayhan Mutlu, PH.D Secretary mutlu@baytechschool.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Suleyman Bahceci, Ph.D Treasurer sbahceci@baytechschool.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Ercan Aydogdu Principal ercan@baytechschool.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  15. hello guys…fethullah gulen movement is not islamic and some people in turkey believe that he works for america or he is an american agent..many radical islamist dont like his ideas…so how come he can be an islamist movement or having a secret agenda?it is wrong…he has many books in english you can read his books and know him better …

    http://www.guleninstitute.org/

    this charter schools are the best and safest places for your kids and in many countries parents waiting in front of the doors of the schools to get one chair for their kids!most of them have to pick lottery since thousands apply for a hundred student capacity school!you are lucky if you have a school around your neighborhood ..

  16. The opening remarks of the Platform were given by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. He thanked to the Gulen Institute and praised the efforts of the Institute to maintain social peace and justice. Raindrop Turkish House also presented an award on the contributions to the Turkish-American friendship.

    The honorary guest of the program was Congressman Al Green. He stated the Gulen Movement is a peace movement and the aid campaign of the Raindrop Turkish House for the Haiti Earthquake was something to be applauded.
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and newly-elected Houston Mayor Annise Parker also sent messages to the Platform to show their support. Annise Parker issued a proclamation in which she declared 22-23 January as the “Gulen Institute – Dialog of Civilizations Day”.

    The event was open to public.

  17. In response to “Sezai” I am going to assume that when you said that Gulen is not Islamic, you meant that he is not an Islamic radical? I don’t agree with either of these claims. Gulen is a radical, he has systematically moved Turkey towards Sharia Law, and he has the same aims elsewhere in the world. His schools are nothing more than cover for his global agenda, and a ready made income producer. He is funding his organization through U.S. tax dollars, and I don’t really care who in our government is supporting him, nor do I care how much money he gave to Haiti. He is a radical Imam, and he has no business running publicly funded charter schools in our country. And as far as giving a link to Gulen’s own web site to prove that he is this kind, benevolent individual who’s only goal is to promote word peace and brotherhood is ridiculous! Gulen is nothing more than a charlatan, and a liar, and his organization is a band of thugs!

  18. Please google Tucson Weekly Gulen.

    See what these schools are really all about

  19. HCSS in MA should be on your list.

  20. What does HCSS in MA stand for? I would like to look into it.

  21. [...] creeping Williams states this compound is owned by Fetulleh Gulen, whom we’ve documented (here and here) as running Islamic schools in the U.S. The group CAN, who has exposed the Muslims of [...]

  22. Hampden Charter School of Science

  23. I have seen first hand how they claim to be in the intrest of the children, but yet they cram as many children possible in a classroom to get all the $$ they can get out of them by the state. The only reason they have such high API`s is because they weed out all the bad students. Most of the administration is TURKISH and they do anything to get money from the parents on top of what they get from tax-payers.

  24. You should add another school to the list:

    Central Jersey College Prep in Somerset NJ

    Totally run by Turks. Every administration member who does not deal with students is Turkish. Chief Education Officer, IT, Operations Manager, Business Manager.

    They are incompetent and the school, while it outperforms the average charter school, falls far short of the average public school in NJ.

    They also gave a presentation on Gulen to the school faculty at a staff meeting.

  25. it seems that Gulen’s inflitration into Turkey’s education, politics, media, and military are under investigation especially after a tell all book by a Turkish Police Chief. Next will be an investigation in America on the mismanagement of funds surrounding the 140 US Charter Schools that the Gulen Movement manages.

    http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100901/FOREIGN/708319894/1002

    The National on the Investigation of Gulen in Turkey

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-08-17-turkishfinal17_CV_N.htm

    USA Today a Look at Gulen and the American Charter schools

  26. Loonies everywhere!

    If you dont like the education at any of these institutions then you have a right to pull your kid out!

    However, I checked all links and proposed sources referenced in this article and the comments underneath and non of them are substantial evidence to prove or even show that these schools are “islamic” schools. It seems to me that the problem with people who are making these claims is either that they are racist and think that this country belongs to only white Christians, or they are afraid of Muslims because of the terrible tragedy of 9-11. Lets get real people, we as Americans are envied in the whole world for being tolerant and welcoming. we invade other countries to give them freedom but we do not want non-white americans to practice freedom and democracy on our own soil.

    there are so many things to be questioned within ourselves and our f’ed up society before questioning these schools and their operators.

    • Still trying to deflect all the truth about “fetosh”
      Do your Islamic Imam a favor,
      If he was such the man you profess him to be
      send him back to Turkey to face charges of attempting
      to overthrow a secular government.

      Instead Gulen has become a prisoner on his 40 acre fortress complete with high security. wonder why that is?

  27. “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.”

    The information you give is absolutely absurd. Said Nursi was never known as Sheyk Said Kurdi. My impression is that you are confusing Said Nursi with Sheyk Said – who is someone else totally.

    Said Nursi never demanded to meet with Parliament. During Said Nursi’s “Old Said” period, he was an adamant constitutionalists who challenged the Ottoman Sultan to ( re) incorporate constitutional reform. He was even imprisoned for his stance to this around 1908 or so. Post WWII an during the early years of the republic of Turkey, Said Nursi transformed into a new period, called that of “The New Said.” This period saw him withdraw from political activity and become more inward. He was asked to speak to Parliament and when he did he warned Ataturk not to ignore the traditions and beliefs of the people.

  28. [...] 25 states (including Texas), and they are receiving millions of taxpayers’ dollars. And if you click here, you will see that the political figure “oversees a worldwide network of businesses, schools, [...]

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