Charter schools that may soon be operating on military bases in the United States are linked to what the Turkish government describes as an Islamic cult run by Fethullah Gülen, a powerful cleric living in Pennsylvania.
The allegations come from lawyer Robert R. Amsterdam, founder of international law firm Amsterdam and Partners LLP, writing at The Hill.
As Amsterdam forthrightly discloses early in the piece, his firm has been “engaged by the Republic of Turkey – a key NATO ally in a hotbed region – to conduct a wide-ranging investigation into the operations and geopolitical influence of the Gülen organization, which is behind the Coral Academy of Science and over 140 other public charter schools scattered across 26 American states.”
This is a reference to the Muslim cleric Gülen, whom Amsterdam describes as “a reclusive but influential Imam living under self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania to avoid criminal prosecution in his native Turkey.” Gülen is a powerful and determined opponent of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Coral Academy of Science in Las Vegas is negotiating with the United States Air Force to open a charter school at Nellis Air Force Base this fall. Amsterdam says his firm’s investigation revealed that the Gülen organization “uses charter schools and affiliated businesses in the U.S. to misappropriate and launder state and federal education dollars, which the organization then uses for its own benefit to develop political power in this country and globally.”
He also alleges that the organization abuses the H1-B visa program to import Turkish teachers into the United States, improbably claiming there are no qualified American teachers available for the positions, and then controls these Turkish educators by holding their visas hostage, even using the threat of deportation to force salary kickbacks from the teachers.
Amsterdam says that contributions, both voluntary and coerced, from Gülen’s estimated six million followers around the world give his organization assets worth $20 billion to $50 billion.
Amsterdam describes the schools’ secret agenda as trying to “instill Turkish culture and Gülenist ideology in our American students,” with an eye toward creating “a Gülenist following of high achievers, incubated in our local community schools across the country.”
He says this agenda has been pursued by Gülenist schools in other countries and warns, “there is great peril in allowing it to flourish in this country,” noting that Gülen’s organization has been described by international authorities as a cross between a secretive political movement and a cult.
There is little doubt that Gülen has great influence in Turkey and has been fighting a political war against the Erdogan government, with many Turkish news stories ultimately tracing back to Gülen, although the international press does not always mention him. For example, the Turkish government’s recent crackdown on several news agencies is part of the Erdogan-Gülen war, as Erdogan has accused them of having ties to Gülen. Zaman, for example, a formerly anti-Erdogan publication, was accused of having ties to Gulen before being seized and turned into a newspaper that now runs headlines like “Praise Heaped on Erdogan! The Most Courageous Leader.”
“Erdogan accuses Gülen of conspiring to overthrow the government by building a network of supporters in the judiciary, police and media. Gülen denies the charges,” theUK Guardian reported in early March, echoing the accusations leveled by Amsterdam at The Hill.
Amsterdam cites estimates that Gülen’s network of schools, and the followers they indoctrinated, ultimately gave him control over “more than half of the entire Turkish police force.” As the Guardian recalls, it was a corruption investigation in 2013 by “police and prosecutors seen as sympathetic to Gülen,” targeting Erdogan’s inner circle, that kicked off the feud between the former political allies.
Gülen was in the Turkish headlines again on Thursday, as Hurriyet Daily News reports the Turkish General Staff denying that “some members of the military allegedly linked to the Fethullah Gülen movement were planning a coup d’état” while Erdogan is visiting the United States.
The General Staff further accused media outlets floating such speculation of seeking to undermine the morale of the armed forces and said it would take legal action against them. Given that one of the outlets in question is Newsweek, the prospects of such legal action succeeding seem remote.
One opposition party politician insisted that Turkey’s political system is too strong to suffer a coup and offered the rather circular argument that if Gülen’s operation — which he referred to as the “Fethullahist Terror Organization” or FETO — was strong enough to pull off a coup, they would not need one; in essence, they would be able to take over the government without the fireworks of attempting to overthrow the Turkish armed forces.
The Gülen movement prefers to be known as “Hizmet,” and through its news portal on March 25, it published an editorial from Gülen strongly denouncing the Brussels terror attack.
“Regardless of the perpetrators and their stated purposes, every terrorist attack is a murder and an attack on the sanctity of life itself, and deserves condemnation in the strongest terms. Neither a religion nor any human being with a conscience can condone such cruelty,” he wrote. “Those who carry out such attacks and who support the perpetrators are oblivious to the ethos of the religion that they proclaim, and inflict the biggest damage to the religion’s reputation in the world. Those who consciously perpetrate such acts have lost touch with their very humanity, and do not represent any religious identity.”
Such sentiments are unlikely to alleviate the suspicions of Gülen’s critics, who charge that his influence is a national security threat.
“In light of Gülen’s modus operandi elsewhere, the Department of Homeland Security should be asking itself why such a non-transparent, religion-based organization would seek to establish itself on our military bases, teaching the children of our service men and women,” Amsterdam concludes at The Hill.
Why ? If those camel jockeys don't like it here, let them go back home to the paradise they left.
Ask relatives of the American citizens who been casualties in Afgan, Iraq or any where else in the world if they want muslim schools on US bases.
Are Catholic, Protestant, or Yeshiva schools allowed on US bases today ?.
NO, NO, NO, NO !!!I
It is way past high time that we stood for protestant Christian world view and education. Just as our founders stood politically, governmentally and individually. Religious diversity is our enemy, it is not a justification for anything as it deceives and destroys.
Sociologist and Marxist social theory have promoted the concept of 'Cultural Relativism' a moral equivalency among all cultures.
Cultural relativism maintains that no culture is superior to any other culture when comparing systems of morality, religion, law, politics, etc. Philosophical it considers all cultures to be equally valid and that truth itself is relative, depending on the culture. Relativism includes moral relativism (ethics depend on a social order), situational relativism (right or wrong is based on the situation), and cognitive relativism (truth has no objective or absolute standard).
Cultural relativism is the anchor for Political Correctness... it equates all forms of social behavior as equivalent and classifies those claiming moral superiority as bigots, racists, homophobes, Islamophobes, etc. America's Public Schools and most of her Government Institutions are using Cultural Relativism as a tool for managing cultural behavior.
ABSOLUTEL NEVER !! I NEVER WANT MY GRANDCHILDERN LEARNING ABOUT THE MUSLIM RELIGION WITH OUT ME OR MY CHILDREN TEACHING THEM !! ALSO MY GRANDCHILDERN DON'T NEED TO BE LEARNING FROM THEIR CHILDERN !! WE ARE NOT A MUSLIM COUNTRY AND WE DON'T TEACH THEIR RELIGION OR SUPPORT THEM IN THE USA !!!! IF THEY LIVE IN THE USA AFTER BECOMING CITIZENS THEY NEED TO EXCEPT AMERICAN WAYS !!!! NOT MUSLIM !!!! NO !! H=== NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT ARE THEY UP TO ??????????????
There is a great difference between private and public funded schools... Charter Schools recieve public funds and schools located on Military bases often financially subsidized or full supported by the military. The 1st Amendment prohibits the 'Establishment of Religion' by government and that includes the fiscal support of religious institutions such as parochial schools or a Charter School that teaches Islamic doctrine.
QUITE FRANKLY I DON'T WANT THIS KIND OF EDUCATION IN ANY OF OUR SCHOOLS !!!!!!! I'M SO GLAD WE HAVE A PRIVATE RELIGIOUS SCHOOL IN OUR AREA AT THIS TIME !! THEY TEACH THE OLD WAY !! OLD BASIC FIRST IN EVERYTHING !! NO COMMON CORE OR OTHER WEIRD THINGS !!!!! YES WE THE INDIVIDUAL PAY FOR IT !! MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE SENDING THEIR KIDS THERE !!!! IT IS ONE OF THE GOOD THINGS WE HAVE LEFT !! WE HAVE LOST SO MUCH IN OUR AREA !!!!
No way. They should be assimilating and not teaching hate and death.
Designed to wear us down, by quietly seeding burkhas, qu-ran, hadith, shariah, no go zones. This is nothing but stealth jihad—which is exactly what 0bama has done—by seeding muzzies and muzzie sympathizers in the top levels of our government and in every agency.
Illegal. Unconstitutional. Islam is NOT a religion. It IS a totalitarian system of laws, penalties, courts, culture, family and then religion. Since not all muslims go out and do what their written documents DEMAND that they do, it is illogical to place religion on the top of the list as who they are. Their religious books DEMAND they lie, torture, kill, rape, behead. So if 80% of them violate their religion by NOT doing these things, then WTH are we calling it a religion?
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Muslim schools on US soil or bases? No way. Haven't you read about the Trojan Horse? Mixing Christianity and islam is worse than mixing oil and water. All you people saying "radical" islam, let me tell you a fact, all islam is the same. Some do one work and some do another but their final objective is to convert this nation to islam. Christians worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. islam worships the god of satan. islam wants to "kill the infidels." We are what thay are calling infidels. Move all of them out to a muslim nation. It has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with survival.
Stupid and crazy------------how could anyone be soooooooooooo stupid???????????
Why not Southern Baptist or any other religion?