Muhammed Fethullah Gülen
Gulen has called on his followers to “work patiently and to creep silently into the institutions in order to seize power in the state”. He is a big donor to the Clinton Foundation.
Our tax dollars are paying for private charter schools that hire foreign teachers using the H1-B visa program. They claim the visas are needed because they claim falsely that there aren’t enough qualified teachers in the United States. The schools are growing under the leadership of a Turkish Islamist who Recep Erdogan believes caused the alleged uprising against him.
Fethullah Gulen is an influential Muslim preacher who lives in a castle in Pennsylvania. His followers are fanatical.
Members of the Gulen Movement ship teachers into the United States from Turkey though there appears to be no need for Turkish teachers. The teachers work in the chain of charter schools that have been established by the Gulenists – Islamic Turkish businessmen who are followers of a powerful Imam, Fethullah Gulen.
While the schools are connected to an allegedly peaceful Islamic movement, Islam is not taught in the schools but there are many opportunities outside of school for Islamic activities. An important part of the story is about a misuse of H1-B visas.
The Gulenist Charter schools – The Harmony Schools – have opened throughout DC.
Frank Gaffney of The Center for Security Policy, called the movement a “cult” and said in a recent interview, “This cult is really organized as you say around Fethullah Gulen, but his principal purpose though is to promote principally, the same things that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, has been doing, in fact they’ve been thick as thieves for a long time in advancing this Islamist agenda in Turkey for a long time.”
The extensive web of ties between Gulen, his supporters, and the Clintons has been amply documented by Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller. Gulen allies gave money to the Hillary Clinton campaign and to the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. Gulen’s supporters have also been operating a charter school network, which “60 Minutes” and others allege may be designed to funnel U.S. taxpayer money back to his supporters in Turkey.
Both Erdogan and Gulen have donated enormous sums of money to the Clinton Foundation.What do they expect for their donations?
Gulen denies he is connected to the schools, which crop up in poor, mostly black, areas around the country. There is little doubt, however, that Gulen is connected to many and especially the Harmony Charter schools.
Gulen is considered a terrorist with a low profile.
Harmony schools have cropped up in Texas, Georgia, Florida, et al, there are more than 130 schools in 26 states and they continue to expand. They concentrate on math and science and do not teach religion. While Islam is not taught, there are camps and other opportunities to learn about Islam outside of the schools. The goal of these charter schools is to spread knowledge they say. The schools are also lucrative for the Gulen investors.
In 2011, the schools received $150 million in taxpayer dollars.
Muhammed Fethullah Gulen is a mysterious Islamic Imam who keeps much of his activities secret. He helped move Turkey from a Western-style democracy to an Islamic democracy.
He came here for medical help in the 1990’s and never returned because of accusations he was attempting to topple the Turkish government. Gulen has enjoyed favored status with famous Americans like Bill and Hillary Clinton. The Clintons worked to keep him here.
He condemns violence but has been accused of misogyny.
Harmony Schools have been under investigation by the FBI and the Department of Labor.
Gulen allegedly has 700 schools and more than 4 million followers around the world.
Boiling Frogs Post, founded by Sibel Edmonds, has some interesting information about the movement:
In 1999 Gulen defected to the US shortly before his scandalous speech, where he is heard calling on his supporters to “work patiently and to creep silently into the institutions in order to seize power in the state”, became public. Turkish prosecutors demanded a ten-year sentence for Gülen for having “founded an organization that sought to destroy the secular apparatus of state and establish a theocratic state”. Mr. Gulen has not left the United States since.
The Netherlands has taken major steps to cut funding to all Gülen associated organizations and is investigating his operations. The Turkish Fethullah Gülen movement is really an Islamic fundamentalist group, claims Rotterdam council member Anita Fähmel (Leefbaar Rotterdam) on the basis of her own study of the Turkish movement.
The Russian government has banned all Gülen schools and the activities of the Nur sect in Russia. Over 20 Turkish followers of Gulen were deported from Russia in 2002-2004.
In 1999 Uzbekistan closed all Gulen’s Madrasas and shortly afterward arrested eight journalists who were graduates of Gulen schools, and found them guilty of setting up an illegal religious group and of involvement in an extremist organization.
In Turkmenistan, government authorities have placed Gulen’s schools under close scrutiny and have ordered them to scrap the history of religion from curriculums.
Gulenism is the most successful movement in Azerbaijan’s unfolding Islamic revival.
Lesley Stahl of CBS aired a report on Gulen and the Harmony Schools which you can listen to on this link or view below:
The Center for Immigration Studies has more information.