“When news broke of the Boston Marathon jihad bombings, several students defended the attack and expressed concern for the well-being not of the victims, but of the bombers.”
The “Turkish Khomeini,” Fethullah Gulen, lives in Pennsylvania. From there he runs a $25 billion international network. He is a prime mover
behind the rapid Islamization of Turkey, and he urges Muslims to build
schools to indoctrinate an entire generation. He is tied to hundreds of
Gulen charter schools right here in the United States. (Texas alone has
36 of these Gulen charter schools.)
I recently heard from a teacher at a Gulen Movement school. “There
are so many ethical violations occurring here every day,” he told me,
“that it is hard to know where to start.” And worse, there is open
support for jihad: When news broke of the Boston Marathon jihad
bombings, several students defended the attack and expressed concern for
the well-being not of the victims, but of the bombers. “They have
also,” said the teacher, “expressed theories that 9/11 was a hoax and
that Americans and the West are Islamophobic.”
Beyond that, the educational standards and priorities are abominable.
“This school cares little for education and more for PR,” says the
teacher. The administration, he says, doesn’t appear to have any
background or training in either education or leadership. “Our vice
principal has no idea what he is doing; this is evident in the fact that
no one can ever find him, and he does not seem to know even basic
information about mission statements, curriculum, standards, etc.” The
dean of academics “does not even know what is in our curriculum, and he
has frequently asked teachers to go easier so that students can get good
That could be said of many schools. But in this Gulen school, “as far
as curriculum goes, the priority is Islam, not education. Evolution and
Darwin are forbidden in biology, and literature classes are censored in
order to ensure no one talks about relationships. In fact, ‘Persepolis’
was pulled from the classroom because it spoke poorly of veiling
(despite being written by a woman who lived through the Iranian
Revolution) and because the writer was ‘the wrong kind of Muslim.’ In
addition, students asked to see the film ‘The Great Gatsby’ in junior
year, as they read the novel in class (obviously). It was forbidden
because it was ‘too sexual.’ The movie has not come out yet, of course,
but is rated PG-13; the decision was made based on a preview.”
The school doesn’t have a library, teacher evaluations are
nonexistent, and “the cheating here is rampant – and encouraged.
Students have broken into teachers’ rooms; they not only steal tests but
they also think that the entirety of the building exists for them
alone.” Not only that, but “in the dorms, the students are ‘chaperoned’
by several young Turkish men who do not speak English. The chaperones
are tasked with ensuring that the students adhere to Islam, and they
have meetings in the dorms to pressure kids into practicing their faith.
School days are planned around Islamic prayer (Fridays are shortened,
for example; during the winter months, there is a 90-minute break in the
middle of the day for lunch and prayer). The school is registered as
nonsectarian, yet every student is Muslim.”
When all of the teachers were fingerprinted and had background checks
per state law, the chaperones were not required to do so. It will come
as no surprise that the finances of the school are suspicious at best.
Staff is paid sporadically, and there have been numerous occasions this
year when they were not paid on time.
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