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Victory: Fethullah Gulen Charter School application defeated in Virginia

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Necessary, freedom-loving pushback. Fethullah Gulen urges Muslims to build schools to indoctrinate an entire generation using US taxpayer dollars. More here on the "Imam's Army." More on Gulen here:

Gulen left Turkey in March 1998 citing health reasons (like many, many millions of people, Gulen has diabetes). At the time he was being investigated
for plotting to overthrow the secular republic to replace it
with an Islamic state (he had been imprisoned for six months in
1971 under a similar charge). In the spring of 1998, a video was aired on Turkish TV in which Gulen appeared to state the following:
 

"You must move in
the arteries of the system, without anyone noticing your existence,
until you reach all the power centers… You must wait until such time
as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your
side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey… Until
that time, any step taken would be too early – like breaking an egg
without waiting the full 40 days for it to hatch. It would be like
killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the
world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all – in
confidence… trusting your loyalty and sensitivity to secrecy. I know
that when you leave here – [just] as you discard your empty juice boxes,
you must discard the thoughts and feelings expressed here."

The Gulen Charter
School application was defeated by the school board, 8 to 1. Here’s the video from the Loudoun County Public
Schools site. 

4th Tuesday School Board Meeting 2013-02-27 Feb 26, 2013 04h 10m Agenda   Video MP3 Audio MP4 Video

 28
people signed up to speak, with the overwhelming majority
against it.

Federal agencies – including the FBI and the Departments of Labor
and Education – are investigating
whether some Gulen charter school employees
are kicking back part of their salaries to a Muslim movement founded by
Gulen known as Hizmet, or Service, according to knowledgeable sources.

….. Gulen's followers have been accused of pushing for an
authoritarian Islamic state,
there is no indication the American charter
network has a religious agenda in the classroom.

[…] Rather, it is focused on whether
hundreds of Turkish teachers, administrators, and other staffers
employed under the H1B visa program are misusing taxpayer money.

Here is Gulen infiltration state-by-state. Much thanks to Atlas reader Denise Lee (see below) for her eyewitness coverage:

The
Loudoun County School Board met Tuesday night to decide on whether to
accept the charter school application from a group with questionable
ties to Fetullah Gulen. I attended the hearing and the working meeting
the week before on February 19th. There were over twenty
speakers signed up that night, only three of which were for the charter
school, also known as LMITA (Loudoun Math and IT Academy.) I was
impressed by the intelligent remarks and well thought out concerns of
parents and other Loudoun County residents. They  brought up the
problems with the application itself that was not complete, had spelling
errors and that did not address major concerns like transportation,
whether a cafeteria would be provided, a budget or most importantly,
what the curriculum would be. These were legitimate concerns especially
since the head of the application team, Fatih Kandil, in the working
meeting that followed the hearing couldn’t answer these questions and
basically said that Loudoun County should give him the $8 million he was
requesting and then he would show them his plan. Mr. Kandil is the
former principal of the failing Chesapeake Science Point Charter School
and front guy who goes around the U.S. opening these charter schools for
Fetullah Gulen and his movement. You can read about what goes on in Mr.
Gulen’s mind here: http://counterjihadreport.com/2012/10/08/gulens-false-choice-silence-or-violence/

The
hearing went along smoothly until two men got up to speak, John Stevens
and John Grigsby. Mr. Stevens accused those who opposed the school of
being bigots and said that he would never want to be on their side. He
also encouraged the school board to “stick it to ‘em” meaning to vote to
approve the application. Mr. Grigsby spoke about how ashamed the
Christians in the audience should be for opposing this school. You can
see for yourselves what these two dhimmis had to say here: http://www.muslims4liberty.org/loudoun-school-board-hearings-used-by-islamophobes-to-spread-hate/
There were several really good speakers who got up and talked about why
the application should be denied. Dana Weinberg is a businessman who said if this application came
across his desk it wouldn’t even make it through the first round for
consideration and he cautioned board members to look into their souls
before making up their minds. And the last speaker, Rachel Sargent, who
is a former Loudoun County school teacher and who was born in the U.S.
but whose family were Christian pastors in India who were abused by
Muslims, gave a brilliant rebuttal to Mr. Stevens’ and Mr. Grigsby’s
obnoxious speeches and who reminded us that those who do not learn from
history are destined to repeat it. My favorite part of her speech,
besides listing and describing all the current Gulen sponsored charter
schools that are failing or have failed around the country, is when she
described Mr. Kandil’s role in traveling to try to set up more charter
schools by comparing it to the Beach Boy’s song, “I get around”. You can
see and hear these speeches here: http://lcps.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=23

Fast forward to February 26th.
The Loudoun County School Board again invited citizens to speak and
twenty eight signed up to do so. The majority asked the board to vote no
on the application. A handful of men who work in the cyber security
industry got up and spoke about the need for qualified applicants who’ve
been trained in math and science and how much we needed the charter
school. I agree. We could definitely use a good math and science charter
school, just not this one. And we had the obligatory whining from
Muslims who spoke about discrimination, bigotry and the usual character
assassination that results when they don’t get their way. This group
included the last speaker who was a member of Muslims 4 Liberty who
thought he was so cute when he got up to present a poem in the form of a
rap song that basically skewered anyone who disagreed with his group as
hatemongers, fearmongers, bigots, Islamaphobes, you know, the usual
stuff.

When it came
time for the vote, the board was having none of it. They voted 8 to 1 to
deny the application although several of the board members invited Mr.
Kandil’s group to try again and resubmit their application in the
future. I don’t know if they really felt this way or if they were simply
covering their backsides. Almost every one of the school board members
said most emphatically that this had nothing to do with religious
discrimination or denial because of the groups ethnicity or where they
were from. Several of them seemed genuinely irritated that they had to
deal with that aspect at all. No, it was all about the lack of
curriculum, the serious (and sad) lack of public support, (only 135
supporters out of their goal of 5000 since August 2012, although one of
our old friends, David Ramadan sent a formal letter of support in here: http://www.lmitacademy.org/images/support/delramadansupportletter.pdf)

the
inadequacy of the applicant’s proposal and their inability to provide a
plan for starting the school that was financially sound. You can hear
what the board members had to say here: http://lcps.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=23

I
was surprised but heartened that the Loudoun County School Board voted
the way they did. But you have to understand Loudoun County, too. This
is the most affluent county in the U.S. at this time. The people who
live here take great pride in their schools and they didn’t want a
substandard charter school going in when, as several board members and
citizens said, it has to bring added value to Loudoun County Public
Schools, not be the equivalent thereof. Those associated with the Gulen
Group did their best to label anyone who opposed them as somehow flawed
but this time it didn’t work. But, the Gulen Group will be back, trying
again to bring a supremacist school to Loudoun County and getting the
taxpayers of that county to pay for it. We need to keep watching them
and showing up to these meetings. The price of preventing the
establishment of another Gulen sponsored charter school in Virginia is
eternal vigilance.

 

 

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