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] […]” 
More from http://www.turkishforum.com.tr
FETULLAH GULEN Schools in the US:
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*
Lisa Academy 21 Corporate Hill Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205
Lisa Academy-North 5410 Landers Rd Sherwood, AR 72117
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
Magnolia Science Academy 4 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA
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*
Lotus School for Excellence Aurora, CO.
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
Fulton Science Academy Middle School 1675Hembree Rd Alpharetta GA 30009
Technology Enriched Accelerated Charter High School 4100 Old Milton Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005
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
Operated by Concept Schools, Inc.
Indiana Math and Science Academy Grade 6-Grade 12 4575 W 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254
Abramson Science and Technology 5552 Read Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127
Chesapeake Science Point Secondary School 1321 Mercedes Drive Suite QS,Hanover, MD 21076
Pioneer Charter School of Science Grade 7- Grade 10 51-59 Summer Street, Everett MA, 02149
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
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
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
Pioneer Academy of Science K-12 366 Clifton
Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07011
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
Schools operated under the Cosmos Foundation, TX.
Dove Science Academy-OKC Secondary School 919 NW 23rd St. Oklahoma City,
Dove Science Academy-OKC Elementary School 4901 N Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma
City, OK 73105
Dove Science Academy-Tulsa 280 S Memorial Dr.
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
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
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
Harmony Science Academy-Dallas Elementary School 11995 Forestgate Dr
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
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
Beehive Science and Technology Academy Secondary School 1011 Murray Holiday Rd., Salt Lake City, UT 84117
Wisconsin Career Academy Middle-High School 4801 S 2nd St., Milwaukee, WI 53207
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