The Center for Security Policy (CSP) has released a new monograph and statements that shows it has become increasingly apparent that the United States is not only confronting a violent effort by Islamic supremacists to impose the program they call Shariah on the rest of the world, on both Muslims and non-Muslims, but also using “civilization Jihad.”
CSP pointed out that as dangerous as jihadist terrorism is, America, and the rest of the Free World for that matter, also face what amounts to a pre-violent assault and the Gulen Movement is an engine for so-called “Civilization Jihad” to help accomplish such an assault.
“The Muslim Brotherhood calls this stealthy, seditious effort to ‘destroy us from within’ a ‘civilization jihad.’ One of its prime practitioners in this country is the Gulen Movement, a cult/business empire led by a reclusive Turkish expatriate, Fethullah Gulen, who operates from within an armed camp in the Poconos,“ CSP stated.
“This movement and its penetration of the United States is the subject of an important new monograph published as part of the Center for Security Policy’s Civilization Jihad Reader Series: ‘The Gulen Movement: Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Cult and Its Contribution to Civilization Jihad in America’,” said CSP.
The monograph is co-authored by two members of the Center’s senior leadership team, Vice President for Outreach Christopher Holton and Clare Lopez, who is Vice President for Research and Analysis.
CSP explained that as the Gulen Movement monograph makes clear, one of the most troubling aspects of this cult is its success in advancing the Islamic supremacist agenda, albeit under the guise of Turkish nationalism via one of the fastest-growing networks of publicly funded charter schools in the United States.
“Fethullah Gulen is also wanted on multiple international arrest warrants issued by the regime of his one-time ally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Here in the United States, government investigators are also looking into numerous allegations against the Gulen Movement involving indoctrination, influence operations, salary-kickback schemes, visa system abuse, and more,“ CSP stated.
CSP continued and said, “In fact, the allegations against the Gulen Movement extend all the way to the U.S. Congress. In late October 2015, a USA Today investigation revealed that the Gulen Movement had illegally funded more than 200 trips to Turkey for Members of Congress since 2008. It did so using false disclosure statements that concealed their Gulen sponsorship from both the legislators and the House Ethics Committee, which had been misled into approving member- and/or staff participation in the trips.”
In spite of the Gulen Movement’s carefully projected image of harmony, interfaith dialogue, and tolerance, a far more troubling picture is beginning to emerge that the Center believes warrants a closer look.
In praise of this new Center publication, Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney stated, “In short, the Gulen Movement in Turkey, the United States, and worldwide promotes a far-more problematic program than its adherents would have us believe. It is not a benign cultural and educational institution, or even a billion-plus dollar commercial empire. Rather, it is a prime practitioner of civilization jihad, enabling the spread of the Islamic supremacism’s Shariah doctrine under the banner of a Turkey that aspires to renew its role as the Caliphate of the Ottoman Empire’s glory days.”
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“U.S school districts, parents and students, federal, state and local governments, media organizations and academic institutions have clearly been successfully targeted by the Gulenists’ influence operations. It is essential that we expose the true nature and civilization jihadist ambitions of Gulen’s taxpayer-subsidized educational empire and the favors its parent movement has deployed notably, via all-expenses-paid trips to Turkey… this monograph makes an important contribution to that end.”
Back in February 2015, the Gulen lobby influenced several U.S. lawmakers through a letter on Turkey in which financial records show many of the signers have received political donations from entities linked to a movement led by U.S.-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, the Turkish press reported.
Among the co-signers of the letter, 47 were Democrat and 41 were Republican.
Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas was the recipient of the largest amount in 2014 with $92,750 and Al Green of Texas came in next with $67,100. Shelia Jackson Lee of Texas got $14,000, Robert Aderholt of Alabama was given $24,800 and Jim Bridenstine of Oklahama collected $13,000.
The majority of co-signers were from California, Illinois, Ohio and Texas, states with the most number of Gulen-linked chartered schools. The Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians, Turkish American Federation of Midwest, and Foundation of Intercultural Dialogue were among the Gulen-linked foundations that sponsored the trips.
A PDF file of the monograph can be found here.
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