Pushing Back Against Stealth Jihad Charter Schools


Americans may not realize it yet, but Turkey’s regression from a secular democracy into an Islamic state may be based on an educational movement that has also taken root in America. Imam Fethullah Gülen and his Gülen Movement (GM) have had enormous influence in setting the increasingly Islamist agenda of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Much of this is due to GM’s vast empire of media entities, financial institutions, banks and business organizations. But the most critical component of this empire is educational institutions. In Turkey, 75 percent of the nation’s two million preparatory school students are enrolled in Gülen institutions. In America, GM runs the largest charter school network in the nation. Such an empire is slowly receiving the kind of scrutiny–and pushback from concerned Americans–that it deserves.

The principals and school board members of GM charter schools are primarily Turkish men. Hundreds of Turkish teachers have been admitted to the United States using H-1B visas, because the schools claim qualified Americans cannot be found. Moreover, an examination of federal tax forms and school documents reveals that GM charter schools tend to purchase a substantial portion of their goods and services from Gülenist businesses.

This symbiotic relationship is occurring in many areas around the nation. For example, a trio of GM schools in Georgia are currently in the spotlight because they defaulted on a $19 million bond issue. An audit revealed the schools improperly granted hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts for purchases like T-shirts, teacher training, and video production services from organizations with connections to school officials, or Gülen followers, or to businesses and groups with ties to the Gülen Movement. In some cases, bidding requirements were ignored. “I would just question how those vendors were selected when price in many instances wasn’t part of the decision making,” said Fulton County superintendent Robert Avossa.

In Texas, similar allegations have been aimed at the Cosmos Foundation, a charter school operator founded a decade ago by a group of professors and businessmen from Turkey. The group, currently using the name Harmony Schools, has become the biggest charter operation in the state, and while its primary mission is educating schoolchildren, it has forged ongoing relationships with a close-knit network of businesses and organizations run by Turkish immigrants. Some of those founders, as well as school operators, and many of their business suppliers, are followers of Fethullah Gülen.

Harmony receives more than $100 million a year in taxpayer funds. When questioned how that money was spent with regards to awarding contracts, Harmony produced a list showing that local American companies had been awarded only 13 construction and renovation jobs over several years. On the other hand, a New York Times review of contracts since January 2009, totaling 35 contracts and $82 million worth of work, revealed that all but 3 jobs worth about $1.5 million went to Turkish-owned businesses. Such contracts included an $8.2 million deal awarded to TDM Contracting to build the Harmony School of Innovation during the company’s very first month in business. Such “good fortune” is in direct contrast to established local companies that claimed they weren’t awarded contracts, despite bidding several hundred thousand dollars lower.

One of those companies is Atlas Texas Construction and Trading, a Houston-based contractor with offices in Texas and Turkey. Atlas was awarded two contracts by Cosmos in Texas, the fairness of which was questioned by local contractors, who wondered why the company got both jobs when it was underbid by one company on one job, and four on the other.  Atlas showed up on a list of Gülen-affiliated companies in a 2006 cable from the American Consul General in Istanbul, released by WikiLeaks. In Louisiana, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that the Abramson Science & Technology Charter School in eastern New Orleans is linked to a bribe offer allegedly made by Inci Akpinar — the vice president of Atlas.

Other possible sources of income for the GM movement were revealed in a 2011 report by the Philadelphia Inquirer. They revealed that the FBI is investigating a GM charter school employee kickback scheme, aimed at funding the larger GM movement.

Operators of Gülen-based charter schools stress over and over that their charters hew to state-mandated curriculums. Yet in Inver Grove Heights, MN, a substitute teacher named Amanda Getz claims the Tarek Ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) maintained no separation between academics studied during school and Islamic studies afterward. She also claims she was instructed to take students in fours to the bathroom for “ritual washing” before lunch on Fridays (the Muslim holy day), after which, “teachers led the kids into the gym, where a man dressed in white with a white cap” led the students in Muslim prayers. She further revealed that while religious instruction is not part of the “school day,” most students stay after — perhaps because school buses don’t leave until the Islamic studies are over.

Concerned Americans have begun to push back. In Austin, Texas, a protest rally was organized in August 2011 against the Harmony School of Political Science in that city. Rally organizer Donna Garner cited Fethullah Gülen’s influence in changing Turkey from pro- to anti-American, the link between Cosmos/Harmony/Atlas Construction in Texas and Louisiana’s Pelican schools, as well as concerns regarding how “teachers who can hardly speak English and are fresh from Turkey will present such historically significant elements as the Holocaust, the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution.”

In Tennessee last May, Gov. Bill Haslam allowed a bill that limits the number of foreign workers at charter schools to become law without his signature. According to the bill, if a school wants 3.5 percent or more of its staff to be hired from among the foreign workers in the H1B or J-1 visa programs (with an exception for language teachers), it can now be refused a charter to operate by chartering authorities. American Muslim Advisory Council board member Sabina Mohyuddin from Tullahoma, labeled it “an anti-Muslim bill shrouded in anti-immigrant language.”

Last month in Loudoun, VA, applicants behind the proposed Loudoun Math and IT Academy in that city were peppered with questions from residents who were concerned that the proposed charter has ties to the Gülen Movement. Access Point Public Affairs’ Mindy Williams, who serves as the spokeswoman for the charter school applicants, along with School Board Vice Chairman Jill Turgeon and Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Janet Clarke, were met with a great amount of skepticism when they said they believed the school was not tied to Gülen or his movement. “I do think it’s very important that we’re absolutely sure there is no connection,” Clarke said, “but in all fairness, we can’t draw that connection when we don’t know quite yet.”

Perhaps they’re not looking hard enough. At an earlier meeting, it was pointed out that Ali Bicak is one of the founding members of Chesapeake Science Point in Maryland, which has alleged ties to the Gülen Movement and is ostensibly the school after which the Loudoun Math and IT Academy is modeled. Fatih Kandil, listed as an applicant for the Loudoun charter school, is a former principal of Chesapeake Science Point and was the director of the Horizon Science Academy in Ohio, which has also been accused of ties with Gülen. “There’s a trend here I’m hoping you see,” said meeting attendee Rachel Sargent.

There is also a trend of top charter school officials denying ties to GM or Fethullah Gülen, who has himself denied any association with these schools. A 2010 column by USA Today’s Greg Toppo debunks that claim. After noting the rise of charter schools “established over the past decade by a loosely affiliated group of  Turkish-American educators,” and further noting that the school’s top administrators “say they have no official ties to Gülen,” and that “Gülen himself denies any connection to the schools,” he reveals that “documents available at various foundation websites and in federal forms required of non-profit groups show that virtually all of the schools have opened or operate with the aid of Gülen-inspired ‘dialogue’ groups, local non-profits that promote Turkish culture.”

As previously reported, the most high profile news story about Gülen and the GM charter school operation was conducted by CBS’s “60 Minutes” last May. Despite their glowing story about a man “with millions upon millions of disciples who compare him to Ghandi and Martin Luther King,” and one who promotes “tolerance, interfaith dialog and above-all…education,” the network was forced to admit Gülen’s movement “does lack transparency: its funding, hierarchy, and ambitions remain hidden–leading our State Department to wonder in cables between Ankara and Washington if Gülen has an ‘insidious political agenda.’”

America’s track record in determining whether certain well-connected Muslims have an “insidious political agenda” is not encouraging. In 2001, shortly after 9/11, the former imam for the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, VA was invited to the Pentagon as part of the military’s Muslim outreach efforts following the attacks. Ten years later, that man — Anwar al-Awlaki, leader of “Al Qaeda’s most active operational affiliate,” in the words of President Obama — was killed by a drone strike in Yemen. In 1999, Turkish television aired footage of Gülen delivering sermons to a crowd of followers:

“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”

Thirteen years later, it remains a real possibility that Fethullah Gülen and the GM believe conditions are “ripening” for their stealth jihad in America, using charter schools as their vehicle. Yet slowly but surely, more parents are becoming concerned about the kind of education their children are really getting, even as more journalists are beginning to look into the unsavory relationships — funded by taxpayer dollars — between these schools, and a network of Turkish-based businesses tied to the GM. More questions are also being asked about the possible exploitation of the H-1B visa system used to give Turkish nationals teaching jobs that might otherwise go to Americans. The time is right for a comprehensive investigation of the GM charter school system, and Imam Fethullah Gülen.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com adinakutnicki

    Several years back, when this blogger co-owned a corporate tax practice, a gentleman came into our office for services. Knowing that we had experience with non-profit tax filings too, he wanted to engage us, to file all the necessary paperwork for his 'charter' school. Well, after a little digging, this blogger understood that the school was not what it seemed. Yes, it was technically going to be a school, but the people associated with it were a laundry list of Muslim 'activists'. Of course we declined the engagement, but he had no idea that the woman sitting opposite him knew her way around Islamic stealth operatives.
    Fast forward – here is some other devastating news re the kiddies, and from Philips Exeter Academy, no less – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/25/first-they-ca

    Holy smokes!
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com

    • CathyBentley

      Bless you For speaking the truth!

    • Reese

      To the Islamic Supremacists, Here's what evil Islam has done for 1400 years. The DATA does not lie. Our Schools Teaching False History Regarding Islamists / Muslims:
      "Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret", by Dr B.Warner

      The myth of the “Golden Age” of Islam. The real cause of the Dark Ages, and more. Muslims have raped, enslaved, tortured, murdered Christians, Jews, Hindus, Zoastrians, Buddhists, Secularists, etc.; destroyed libraries, & denied physical laws. Dr. Warner analyzes Islamic Jihad (killing non-Muslims) through political Islamic doctrine of jihad & the data shows Islam kills Muslims and Non-Muslims, i.e. the data shows that it Is bad for all. The history of Islam in Europe and how it affects us to this day. This is a history based on numbers and facts that you may not see anywhere else and explains why we may be afraid to see Islam for what it is based on its own doctrine and practice. Christians don’t acknowledge the persecution of Christians the world over.

      270 million murdered over 1400 years of Islam. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y&fe

  • Issa Kirarira

    This is the work of enemies of humanity. They work is to create conflict among humanity thus achieving their debauched goals if they find weak minds.
    To good people, let us continue serving humanity and be part of the progressive team- those who are ready to move with peace makers. Sadists will never want to see any person with good intention doing something good. They will always try to fail him.
    Fethullah Gulen has sacrificed his life for humanity. His preaching’s not meant for one religion, one race, and one cultural but to all attributes of God. When people don’t talk about bad acts of Muslim terrorist, the world says Muslims don’t condemn terrorists. When Muslims scholars like fethullah Gulen comes out to preach to the world the need for coexistence and unity in diversity, schemers start saying that he has a different agenda. When he tries to educate people how to fight tribulations of humanity (poverty, ignorance through Lack of education and disease) he is blamed of having a hidden agenda. The truth has got one true face and no one will fool the world forever. To Good citizens of the world-Christians, Muslims, Jews Buddhists etc,let us unite against forces of destruction who don’t want to see people of good faith trying to change humanity for better and we should avoid attributing individuals failures to systems or societies.
    Issa Kirarira

    • http://www.facebook.com/docky.musicy Docky Musicy

      Enough with this islam-nonsense.
      Afganistan is a Buddhist country currently occupied by muslims,
      Pakistan is a Hindu country currently occupied by muslims,
      Saudi-arabia is a jewish country currently occupied by muslims,
      Bangladesh is a Hindu country currently occupied by muslims,
      Iran is a Zoroastrian country currently occupied by muslims,
      Malaysia is a hindu country currently occupied by muslims,
      Egypt is a Christian country currently occupied by muslims……..etc.etc.etc.
      Muslim-zombies will have to re-convert and re-connect to the real religion of their
      peaceful and harmonious ancestors prior to their unfortunate meeting
      with that total idiot moremad-the-dirty arab and his dirty gang of violent morons
      and their hate filled violent actions and thoughts.
      "Non-stop violent and dirty blood filled thoughts islam is" Yoda would say.

      islam is no religion and any self respecting cult would rather throw up
      than be compared to islam. Islam stands alone in it’s own v o m i t .

      “Filth islam is only ” Yoda would say.

      The arabs will have to become jews. …because
      the arabs were jews too
      who lived in the desert much much much before
      moremad-the-dirty-arab came charging with madness and
      started slapping the oldies and the women around.
      Fantastic ???

      Just because some dick heads with swords came by and started their
      hooligan nonsense madness and b l o o d violence and scared everybody’s
      ancestors into the cult by
      basically hijacking their children’s minds does not give islam any
      right to live in Saudi Arabia
      anymore.
      Saudi Arabia isn’t a country: Saudi Arabia is just an illiterate and backward family
      with about 10 million servants of varying class.

      All this desert bull has to be stopped. Islam has to be taught and explained to why it shouldn’t live.
      Once and for all. Islam has to be banned and mass proper mental schooling has to done on
      each and every muslim-zombies by force if need be…..

      Within 3 generations this will really be a fantastic planet.
      If islam is practiced anywhere on this planet we have no right to call Earth a fantastic planet.
      We have work to do people….and work to do ….before we sleep.
      Everybody will be schooled and nobody can blame islam for their idiotic and
      violent and absurd actions and thoughts.
      islam has to be forgotten.
      This is the Planet Marshall plan.
      An Intelligent-redesign .
      What say you ?
      You in ???

      • MuzzleMuzzies

        Don't forget Turkey was a Christian Country
        Lebanon was a Christian Country

        Soon it will happen in the USA, as it is in Great Britain and Austraila.

        In Australia, the Gulen Movement is very strong, they have already purchased a chair at the Catholic University.

    • http://www.facebook.com/docky.musicy Docky Musicy

      There are so many mozzys on this planet daily that now you can factually see them from space…..i’m sure…..and the b l o o d-stain too….archeologically the islam-bloodstain has only been around for just a mere 1400 years. Time to can it!!..

      Afganistan was a peaceful and fantastic buddhist country till islam slimed in with green flags and dirty rivers of blood and arabic. The planet should invite the Great Dalai Lama to return to his true Buddhist country of his roots pre-islam. Afganistan should be given back to the buddhists who were forcibly ejected or slain by islam in the pre-koran burning age.
      Afganistan should henceforth be called GreaterTibet.

      Do all the planet's muslim-zombies even know the ultimate islamic-allahpeace-truth??
      Moremad-the-dirty arab’s LAST dying words lovingly recorded by his illiterate tribe…"Until The Last Koran Has Been Burnt And Last Emir Is Hanged By The Entrails Of The Last Imam……There Will Be No Peace On Earth".
      eh you muslim-zombies please do your own dirty work…get busy. Like asap !!!

    • Western Canadian

      Don’t make such a fool of yourself. Most of the people who come to this site already know how vile islam is, and the article itself quote your vile hero, rendering your claim of his decency and benevolence to be pathetic beyond words.

  • http://www.facebook.com/docky.musicy Docky Musicy

    Why doesn't the UN make a law that safeguards
    the rights and life of the ex-muslims ? Why doesn't the UN make a law that
    safeguards the rights and life of the ex-muslims ? Why doesn't the UN make a
    law that safeguards the rights and life of the ex-muslims ? Why doesn't the UN
    make a law that safeguards the rights and life of the ex-muslims ? Why doesn't
    the UN make a law that safeguards the rights and life of the ex-muslims ? Why
    doesn't the UN make a law that safeguards the rights and life of the ex-muslims
    ? Why doesn't the UN make a law that safeguards the rights and life of the
    ex-muslims ?

  • mike

    Docky.. the reason the U.N. doesn't protect the lives of non-mozzy's is because the U.N. is made up of low life mozzy's.

    • Melanie M.

      And if the American public vote for this creep to continue this disaster of a Presidency for 4 more years, then may God help us all. Everyone of us should be angry, questioning, and demanding the truth from this "TRANSPARENT" administration.

      haine barbati

  • The Truth

    Mr. Ahlert is attacking charter schools because the benefactors are Turkish. That is a bad glass house to throw a race war stone from, as half of all Pell Grant money for parochial schools is gobbled up by Jewish yeshivas that claim poverty. Mr. Ahlert cites one confirmed dingbat in his article: Donna Garner, who is out to destroy Harmony school because a girl dropped a flag during a dance performance:

    http://harmonyschoolsadvocates.org/2012/01/03/don

    • PaulRevereNow

      What does Jewish yeshivas claiming poverty have to do with Mr. Ahlert's expose of Gulen schools? Ahlert isn't starting a race war, you are. And Donna Garner isn't a "dingbat;" she's a Texas state legislator, with a lot invested in Texas education; and very much aware of the threat to liberty, posed by the Gulen schools. Obviously, you're not.

      • The Truth

        As Frontpage is fond of pointing out in the case of Cynthia McKinney, one can be a dingbat and a legislator at the same time. Mr. Ahlert wants to rip every Arab out of the education system. When this leads to ripping every Jew out of the education system, his comrades will be waving their arms in the air wondering why. It's simple: get along with your fellow Americans.

        • PaulRevereNow

          You brought up the subject of Jews, not Ahlert; and the article is about the threat to liberty, posed by Islamic indoctrination in American schools; not about Arabs being ripped out of the education system. And Gulen isn't an Arab, he's a Turk. You're a raving lunatic mental case.

          • The Truth

            Ah, no. This is an article of, by, and for Jews to trash Arabs and Muslims wherever they might be in the world. The subject of Jews is always the preliminary subject. Unless you have missed the whole part about David Horowitz and his mission, didn't read his biography, forgot to check the roster of writers, their nationalities, their unswerving and single objective which is to fight the assimilation of the Jew by attacking Muslims, Americans who don't praise Israel, Americans who vote for Americans who have Muslims in their family tree, Britons who don't beat up Muslims, Norwegians who are multiculturalists, and anyone else that isn't in favor of war with Iran, than you have missed the whole basis of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and this Chernick sponsored service.

            Mr. Ahlert doesn't want to get along with other Americans. He thinks that Turks who run Charter Schools threaten the Jew. He is fighting a Jew vs Muslim war at the expense of American civil society. You should stop trying to cover for him.

          • Mary Sue

            TURKS AREN'T ARABS — GET THIS THROUGH YOUR THICK SKULL.

            The only thing the two have in common is I-slam. Turks that run I-slamist schools are a threat to EVERYBODY (not merely Jews).

            Don't blame the Jews for the "expense of American civil society." Blame the Terrorists. I don't think you've SEEN the Terrorists that demonstrate in Britain.

          • The Truth

            I am trying to squeeze myself into your very small mind. I am trying to envision how it makes a difference whether a Turk is an Arab, a Muslim, or a hat stand. I am trying to imagine how a charter school run by an Islamist, a Zionist, or a Christian Fundamentalist threatens me, a person physically fit, secure in my beliefs, and educated. I am trying to envision how British street life applies to me in the United States.

          • PaulRevereNow

            So if charter schools run by "an Islamist, a Zionist, or a Christian fundamentalist" don't threaten you, then why are Jews "always the preliminary issue?" Physically fit you might be,(although I doubt that too) but mentally you're a basket case.

          • GooseTruth

            Turks originally came from Mongolia, (Central Asia) the Turkic Tribes, raped, barbarized and slaughtered their way into a civilized Byzantium Christian Empire.
            Brutalizing everyone on the way for over 600 years.

            Even their Arab muslim brothers don't like the Turk, they remember the sword and yoke of the Ottoman as well. Interestingly how the American politics uses the Turk as a lapdog against these middle eastern countries. For example the Turks sit back and watch as Syria is being destroyed to go back and claim their old Ottoman lands they stole.

            When America and the allies leveled Iraq, the Turkish Contractors (mostly Gulenists) obtained over $11.8 Billion in contracts to re build Iraq. THey currently have over 109 projects going on : hospitals, schools (surprise surprise) government buildings, roads, etc.,
            Next is Libya, Syria, and where ever else they can pick meat off of bones like vultures.
            http://gulencharterschoolsusa.blogspot.com/2012/1

        • Obamaphobic

          It seems like you're inferring that Cynthia McKinney is not a dingbat and that would reveal much about your though process. On another note since when are Turks Arabs. As Mr. Ahlert reveals in this informative article, it's not just Arab Muslims that want to steal American taxpayer dollars to fund the radical Islamist indoctrination of their children. Apparently Turks are giving the Saudi's and the Muslim Brotherhood a run for their money.

    • Ghostwriter

      And you also have a small mind,The Truth. You don't seem to tell it.

    • Professor Mora

      Donna Garner is only one of many. We want the truth and will get it from you, between the parents, teachers, Tea party and other AMERICAN groups you will not win in our country.
      Harmony School Advocates is the Gulen Movement in damage control. They are media savvy and propagandists at heart. They will shamelessly come on to boards acting like American Parents, post with Jewish names. or Hispanic names, etc.,

      The problem is they won't win on the comment boards already over 90 of the Gulen owned and managed charter schools in the USA have been denied their applications, renewals and expansions.

      They will do anything to increase the Gulen share of power. But it isn't working in the USA because Americans hate them. http://www.harmonyparenttruth.blogspot.com
      http://www.charterschoolwatchdog.com

  • Douglas

    Islam will grow unless we fight it on every front.

    • Professor Mora

      THe Gulen Movement is particular keen on these comment boards, they think they will change the world and parents into embracing their domination of operating charter schools in the USA. THe truth is Turkey has no education system worth crowing about. It is below standard at 32 out of 34 countries on the OCED rankings (just above Chile and Mexico)

      These Gulen Goons think they will inherit the world and restore the Ottoman Caliphate where the world's children will be the "Golden Generation" and all speak Turkish (the language of peace and love)

      These people operatoring the schools are missionaries and are told they are doing good, they have been brainwashed at an early age attending Gulen "Lighthouse" boarding schools seperated from their families at an early age. Gulen's Business men (TUSKON) has manufacturing, mining and other businesses in over 100 countries. They are dangerous and love money.

      The biggest problem is the Turks have many politicians in their pockets. Including many Jewish ones in NY and NJ.
      http://www.gulenpoliticians.blogspot.com

  • Levent

    The author of this article apparently does neither have insight into Gulen movement not Turkey. I need lots of time for corrections but I will not try correct. I will recommend two websites worthy of visiting, at least to learn more about Gulen movement. http://www.hizmetnews.com/ http://www.gulenmovement.us/

    First one offers latest news on Gulen movement whereas the second one presents scholarly analyses on Gulen movement.

    • LibertarianToo

      Um . . . so that's why they are illegally funneling taxpayer-funded contracts to Turkish-owned businesses? Or is it why the school administrators deny any ties to Gulen?

    • Reese

      We don't want you to come here and try to turn us into an Islamic horror-filled bloodbath. Don't come here if that's what you want. WHy did you leave your country if you love that so much? You left an Islamic country and came to America, founded on JUDEO-CHRISTIANITY, the God of the Bible, Jehovah, Yaweh, and HIS SON, Jesus Christ. If you want to live in an Islamic environment, THEN GO BACK…GET OUT OF HERE. It has nothing to do with your "rights". YOU DO NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO COME HERE AND CHANGE OUR COUNTRY TO MAKE IT AN ISLAMIC ONE!!! GET IT???? GET OUT. Assimilate or get out. You speak English, submit to Judeo-Christian customs and principles, you don't try to teach us to be Islamic. You learn how to be an American, which is COMPLETELY founded upon the BIBLE, which is completely written by JEWS. WE LOVE JEWS. WE STAND WITH THE JEWS AND ISRAEL. WE STAND WITH ISRAEL'S right to THEIR land and THEIR capital, Jerusalem. GOT IT???

  • Imran

    It`s funny that there is no accusations about Gulen Movement. Writer wants us to have question marks about the movement. If you can prove any of this what are you doing here, Go to court.
    Muslims has equal rights in US with Jews and Christians.

    Do you remember Animal Farm
    All animals are equal, some are more equal :)

    Dear Jewish community, Give Muslim community a chance to exist. As they have given your great grandfathers in Spain saving you from Ferdinand.
    It`s weird that Jews are doing the same things what some Christians did to them. History is working in circles…

    • The Truth

      I agree. Mr. Ahlert uses a lot of words like "may," "allegations," and "possible." Mr. Ahlert is astroturfing and taking great pains to avoid saying anything that will get him sued. His passively constructed article says that Turks control the media and the schools and Fethullah Gülen is a rich, evil, Islamist Turk who controls the Charter School Movement in America for nefarious purposes. Mr. Ahlert has made great effort to make sure that he doesn't find himself in court for libel, but succeeds in defaming people anyway. This is like his article last week defaming George Soros to take the heat off of Beny Steinmetz.

    • Raymond in DC

      Your "history" leaves a lot to be desired. The Muslim community hardly "saved" Jews from Ferdinand. By the time Ferdinand came to power, the Muslims themselves had already been defeated and mostly driven out of Iberia. (The remnants were kicked out along with the Jews in 1492.)

      Even when more "moderate" Muslims were in power the Jews were held in second-class status and, from time to time, became the victim of rioting Muslims because some Jew became too successful or simply looked at them the wrong way. Later when the even-more-extreme Almohad Muslims – the Salafists of their day – took over, many Jews fled. Some, like Maimonides, to North Africa, others to Christian-held territories in Spain.

    • Mary Sue

      Dear Muslim Community: Stop forcing your values on everybody else. Thanks in Advance, the Civilized World.

    • Servant

      Maybe he smokes bigger cigars than Bill did…

    • Reese

      Here's what evil Islam has done for 1400 years. The DATA does not lie.

      Our Schools Teaching False History Regarding Islamists / Muslims:

      "Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret", by Dr B.Warner

      The myth of the “Golden Age” of Islam. The real cause of the Dark Ages, and more. Muslims have raped, enslaved, tortured, murdered Christians, Jews, Hindus, Zoastrians, Buddhists, Secularists, etc.; destroyed libraries, & denied physical laws. Dr. Warner analyzes Islamic Jihad (killing non-Muslims) through political Islamic doctrine of jihad & the data shows Islam kills Muslims and Non-Muslims, i.e. the data shows that it Is bad for all. The history of Islam in Europe and how it affects us to this day. This is a history based on numbers and facts that you may not see anywhere else and explains why we may be afraid to see Islam for what it is based on its own doctrine and practice. Christians don’t acknowledge the persecution of Christians the world over.

      270 million murdered over 1400 years of Islam.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y&fe

  • Attila The Hun

    The question to be asked is, Why Bill Clinton administration allowed this well known Islamist who fled his homeland for fear of prosecution to enter The U.S.A. in the first place. What is the connection of The Clinton's to Islamist? Beside Gülen, What is the influence of Huma Abedin over Hilary, then what Bill gave away to The Saudis when he accepted money for his library. America is time to weak up. Your own leaders are betraying you.

    • debhaef

      It's all about POWER!! OH, and lets not forget people that want to PLAY GOD!!

  • Marty

    We are living in and are seriously threatened by the presence of stealth jihad. gulen is only the tip of the iceberg. Neither private nor public schools are safe. Already in some California schools stealth jihad has wromed its way into the curriculum and the result is children being indoctrinated into an islamic mindset that daily condemns christians and Jews as unworthy beings and required to become dhimmis, pay jizya, and accept humiliation and oppression. We are no longer safe in our land.

  • pyeatte

    The muslim cancer must be resisted at all hazard, or we will be in for a very nasty and evil surprise one day.

  • ILIA TOLI

    Comrades,

    I need your help. Please sign this petition here in order to make it visible.
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/peacefu

    There is already a petition on outlawing insulting of prophets, which means insulting of the pedophile Muhammad. All other prophets are being insulted full swing.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Ilia Toli,

      Please join me in CURSING the FALSE prophet mohammed.

      May the false prophet mohammed continue to BURN in HELL for ETERNITY.

      INSHALLAH!

  • Servant

    While I find this, the brain washing of children by Islamists, to be alarming. I am greatly strengthened. For, they lay claim that "Islam will rule the world." Just look at the guy holding the sign. And, have it they may.

    As their quran insists, they must have THIS world. HOWEVER, their entire book and desire of this world is trumped in 1 simple passage besides John 3:16. I point to John 17:16. Speaking of those who have been elected, by Yahweh, to receive belief, it was said, "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world" (Yashua).

    So go ahead and enjoy this place, Islamists… I'd recomend you move to a much hotter region… It'll get you ready for the heat in your next home.

  • riverboatbill

    Any body remember the term : fifth column?

  • American PArent

    I think the purpose of the people who are labeling successful charter schools as Gulen Charter Schools is to defame Fethullah Gulen and successful charter schools. As it was mentioned on CBS's 60 Minutes that nationwide Newsweek Magazine listed some of those two successful charter schools as miracle schools of the nation. They're combining those schools as Gulen Charter Schools, because they're successful. Those people who are actually against good and goodness picking Fethullah Gulen's name as a person to mention with those successful charter schools. Whoever they are, they don't like Fethullah Gulen because of his teachings and positive contribution to humanity in 21st century. In the other hand Turkish oriented people are not the only people operating charter schools. Why are those people picking only charter schools operated by Turkish origin professionals?

    http://so-calledgulencharterschools.blogspot.com/

    http://gulencharterschoolsmyth.com

    http://gulenschools.org

    http://fethullahgulenhizmetmovement.blogspot.com/

    http://gulen4universalpeace.blogspot.com/

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The only solution is to ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration ASAP. Had GWB used common sense and did that right after 9/11 instead of what he ended up doing like a loon, we would all be a hell of a lot better off today.

  • American PArent

    I think the purpose of the people who are labeling successful charter schools as Gulen Charter Schools is to defame Fethullah Gulen and successful charter schools. As it was mentioned on CBS's 60 Minutes that nationwide Newsweek Magazine listed some of those two successful charter schools as miracle schools of the nation. They're combining those schools as Gulen Charter Schools, because they're successful. Those people who are actually against good and goodness picking Fethullah Gulen's name as a person to mention with those successful charter schools. Whoever they are, they don't like Fethullah Gulen because of his teachings and positive contribution to humanity in 21st century. In the other hand Turkish oriented people are not the only people operating charter schools. Why are those people picking only charter schools operated by Turkish origin professionals?

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Turkish dog, a Greek will punish you.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Turkey MUST FIRST acknowledge its genocide of 1,000,000 Armenians in 1915.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Turkey used to be a civilized country, but now it is descending into the abyss of islam.

    Turkey has much blood on its hands. From Armenians, to Kurds and now to Syrians.
    ah
    Turkey can never be part of Europe because it has become a fascist state which follows a false prophet mohammed, the worst false prophet of history.

    If Attaturk saw Turkey today, he would be filled with shame.

  • Attila The Hun

    Salim,
    Turkiye never has been the land of tolerance? Never mind what happened to the gavurs. How about
    The Alevies you still denying them a place of worship, then how about the Kurds, forcing them to adapt Turkish name denying their existence, calling them mountain Turks. America weak up The Turks are not your friends. As for Israel, she is existed before The barbarian Turks came to Anatolia, and she will be around after Turkiye is split in two or three pieces. As for the Jews in Turkey most of us left because we weren't welcome.

  • http://twitter.com/anonygooose @anonygooose

    Hey Salim Ulcan is this you ? "Um why couldn't we Why um…" That's right you dirt bag !!You got caught in lie. Your scam of H1-B visa fraud is now out in the open.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6w2A0sVUpVs

  • http://twitter.com/anonygooose @anonygooose

    Here is another one of Salims Ulcans Schools. He is the Superintendant of GUlen Schools.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfcmV7n7f0M

    Keep spinning spinning spinning Salim When you come down from your dizzy dance you might come back to reality.

  • KOKO

    There is no place for Islam in the West beyond isolated individuals or families. As soon as you have communities, you have a threat — including the threat of pro-Islam, anti-Western (i.e., anti-Judeo-Christian) voting.

  • Herb Benty

    America!! You all know how sometimes an issue or situation becomes so clear if you just stand back a little and take a good look. Muslims have made it very clear they are going to take over the world, ruin or destroy Israel and America. Cair, ALL terrorist groups, Muslim student associations, Turkish charter schools, Arab oil money, frenzied mosque construction- these entities are all parts of the same thing. On Rememberance Day- our Veterans Day here in Canada, two young Afgan women heckled the ceremony. In my opinion, that is why they are here. Canada is not immune from this cancer either. Why do we ALLOW leftists to invite this obvious 5th column into our countries???

  • dr.music

    My dear dudes…..We got to cull and eradicate the cult. Not talk to it.
    Enough with this islam-nonsense.
    Afganistan is a Buddhist country currently occupied by muslims,
    Pakistan is a Hindu country currently occupied by muslims,
    Saudi-arabia is a jewish country currently occupied by muslims,
    Bangladesh is a Hindu country currently occupied by muslims,
    Iran is a Zoroastrian country currently occupied by muslims,
    Malaysia is a hindu country currently occupied by muslims,
    Egypt is a Christian country currently occupied by muslims……..etc.etc.etc.
    Muslim-zombies will have to re-convert and re-connect to the real religion of their
    peaceful and harmonious ancestors prior to their unfortunate meeting
    with that total idiot moremad-the-dirty arab and his dirty gang of violent morons
    and their hate filled violent actions and thoughts.
    "Non-stop violent and dirty blood filled thoughts islam is" Yoda would say.

    islam is no religion and any self respecting cult would rather throw up
    than be compared to islam. Islam stands alone in it’s own v o m i t .

    “Filth islam is only ” Yoda would say.

    The arabs will have to become jews. …because
    the arabs were jews too
    who lived in the desert much much much before
    moremad-the-dirty-arab came charging with madness and
    started slapping the oldies and the women around.
    Fantastic ???

    Just because some dick heads with swords came by and started their
    hooligan nonsense madness and b l o o d violence and scared everybody’s
    ancestors into the cult by
    basically hijacking their children’s minds does not give islam any
    right to live in Saudi Arabia
    anymore.
    Saudi Arabia isn’t a country: Saudi Arabia is just an illiterate and backward family
    with about 10 million servants of varying class.

    All this desert bull has to be stopped. Islam has to be taught and explained to why it shouldn’t live.
    Once and for all. Islam has to be banned and mass proper mental schooling has to done on
    each and every muslim-zombies by force if need be…..

    Within 3 generations this will really be a fantastic planet.
    If islam is practiced anywhere on this planet we have no right to call Earth a fantastic planet.
    We have work to do people….and work to do ….before we sleep.
    Everybody will be schooled and nobody can blame islam for their idiotic and
    violent and absurd actions and thoughts.
    islam has to be forgotten.
    This is the Planet Marshall plan.
    An Intelligent-redesign .
    What say you ?
    You in ???

    So it’s a given……Islam is violent …very violent.
    Islam cannot change or convert so just as islam prescribes death for many things,
    islam should instead be put to it's own death. If you live you have to die. Bye bye.

  • dr.music

    The greatest health mistake we are making today that will make our future generations suffer and curse us is our willingness to pander and encourage islam into our societies. Europe will soon fall….so will north america and australia….islam is the pox that is worse than small pox….soon the human race will be dead and only muslims will be alive. The islam virus uses politically correct thought to creep into the system. We are Dhimmies….The arabic word for non-muslim dummies that help islam come in and then are disposed off. The arabs were the smartest in the end and moremad the dirty pedo-arab was in the end a genius. Pedo and Petro are so similar like dhimmie and dummy. Fantastic.

  • dr.music

    This is the beginning of the fourth and last world war.
    The third world war was against communism. Communism lost. The current and final world war is against pure evil that has creeped into our societies worldwide thanks to our clean minds and sharing beliefs that have come to bite back on us and our children. This evil that we need to rid the planet of is called islam. A figment of a mad man’s evil and vile and demented imagination filled with hate and regressive thoughts and mass murder as heavenly ordained . islam has put us all in peril. The full non-muslim planet is scared of this 1400 year old cult. We have the where-with-all to smash it but we fatally hesitate because our core beliefs have conditioned us that humans can change for the better. This is our fundamental and fatal mistake. Islam is so evil it is beyond change. islam calls us sub-human when the exact opposite is true. Islam is the vilest cult and now it has penetrated all over the globe because of the constant hoodwinking that islam does on normal people. Islam is not a religion but a system of male dominance over women and non-muslim people. Pedophilia is halal in islam. The head honcho of islam was a pedo so all muslims have to be pedos. Political correctness stops us from asking muslims these fundamental and valid questions about their core filthy beliefs. Our children are doomed. Since islam is a parasite “biological” is the answer. Then the bulldozers and then the incinerators. There is no other way. Conventional and atomic or nuclear is just one big mess. Overhead biological is the answer. The planet is fed up of parasitical islam. Ask any human. The war to the finish has started.
    Constant wars and terror are the fruits of Islamic over-population and muslim male boredom thanks to no contact and socially stunting policies about muslim women and socializing. They want our women because they aren’t allowed their women.
    An educated muslim is an oxymoron. If a muslim is educated and understands logic and all things fair and just what is he still doing in islam? The very fact that an educated man is still muslim means that education has bypassed him. A muslim is not a complete human. A muslim is a base animal that looks like us but kept at the basest level of mental development by islam. It is a real shame but this is the truth. A muslim is taught only hate filled rubbish and poisonous thinking by islam. There is no hope for muslims and if we don’t take pro-active steps to wipeout islam we will be wiped out.
    Crystal ?
    Capish ?
    Why aren’t stealth missiles invented yet ?

  • Ken

    Re Salim Ucan's remarks, above, anyone who uses "Zionist" in his writing or speech has already branded
    himself as a radical Isllamist. The merit of those expressions is immediately suspect, and those of us
    who are non-Islamists should be warned about what (not who) we are dealing with.

  • Mortimer Post

    One of the tactics the Gulenists use is the threat of (bogus) lawsuits to intimidate the media. Recently, out in San Diego, an expose (published last November) of a planned Gulen charter school mysteriously disappeared from the website of the San Diego Reader.

    • Ozgur Cengiz

      read more about the California operation here http://www.magnoliascienceacademy.blogpsot.com They have tried the threat of lawsuits many times but it never makes it to court. They pay off the opposing side so the information is not “of record” you can find some of the legal battles they have had against American teachers, students, etc., here http://www.gulencharterschools.weebly.com

      • Mortimer Post

        You are correct. Keep fighting against these folks!