Fetullah Gulen, a Turkish modern day Ayatollah Khomeini, living in Pennsylvania after having been charged with trying to overthrow the formerly secular government of Turkey, is behind the creation of a new Islamic World Order, and has been praised by Bill Clinton and other government officials.
CBN – Fetullah Gülen has been called the world’s top public intellectual and the face of moderate Islam. He has held court with Pope John Paul II. And been praised by former President Bill Clinton, who said, “You’re contributing to the promotion of the ideals of tolerance and interfaith dialogue inspired by Fetullah Gülen and his transnational social movement,” Clinton told audience members during a video address at the World Rumi Forum in 2010.
Gülen’s story takes him from a small town in Turkey to founder of a multi-billion dollar Islamic movement bearing his name. Gülen claims to represent a moderate brand of Islam compatible with the modern world. He emphasizes interfaith dialogue and the pursuit of science. But it’s not just a religious movement; it’s the Fetullah Gülen movement. They call themselves that. “This is clearly the world according to the Koran, the world according to Islam, the world according to Fetullah Gülen,” he told CBN News. “But what he’s talking about is not the caliphate, is not the sharia state–he calls it the New World Islamic Order.”
U.S. government and academia support reaching out to Gülen’s followers as a way to counter al Qaeda and other jihadist groups. The idea being, just like people who say that we should have a good relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, that these are ‘mainstream Islamists.
But according to leading French-Turkish scholar Bayram Balci, Gülen’s ideas are anything but “mainstream” for a Western society. Balci writes that the movement “serve(s) to accomplish three intellectual goals: the Islamization of the Turkish nationalist ideology; the Turkification of Islam; and the Islamization of modernity.”
“And therefore, (Gülen) wishes to revive the link between the state, religion, and society,” he writes.Critics claim Gülen wants Islam to play a more active role in societies, breaking down barries between mosque and state while also promoting Turkish nationalism and identity.
Gulen certainly fooled them down in Texas:
Turkish authorities indicted Gülen on charges that he was plotting to overthrow the secular government of Turkey. The charges were dropped. (But now that there’s a government in Turkey that no longer wishes to be secular, Gulen is back in good standing) Gülen came to America in 1998, reportedly to seek medical treatment. Since then, he’s directed his global empire from Pennsylvania. A federal judge granted him a green card in 2008.
Meanwhile, the Gülen movement continues to expand its influence through the construction of schools worldwide, including in America. Currently, there are about 125 Gülen schools spread out over 25 states. One school in Philadelphia receives some $3 million annually in US taxpayer money.
Classified documents released by WikiLeaks show that U.S. officials have concerns about the Gülen schools. “We have multiple reliable reports that the Gülenists use their school network (including dozens of schools in the U.S.) to cherry pick students they think are susceptible to being molded as proselytizers,” U.S. Embassy officials in Ankara said in a 2005 report.
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