The Gulen Movement : Cult influence over the Justice and Development Party (AKP)

Fethullah Gulen: A cultish menace?

The Gulen Movement is a danger spreading from Turkey to the world

By Burhan Gurdogan

Radical Islamic groups have tried various ways to assert their authority over people, and that generally involved the use of force until today. These groups view the modern world as a threat to Islam; in order to remove this threat, they usually apply terrorism, considering innocent people as nothing more than collateral damage. But the policies of these organizations, which are based on terrorism, averted them from having a voice and led Islam to look antipathetic to the world.

In Turkey, cults developed further in their effectiveness beginning in the 1970s, and have made a significant breakthrough which has led to radical Islam taking over Turkey, and although it seems farfetched, these cult methods could eventually spread radical Islam through the world. First of all, a main difference between the Gulen Movement and other radical Islamic organizations is the importance they give to education and technology. By using the latter, this cult ensures that those members who join them end up pledging their allegiance while they are at young ages, paving the way for them to get a proper education and prepare them so they can get any position at government agencies. With this method, they avoid a direct conflict and argument between the state and themselves, and simultaneously place cult members into the various government agencies, also known as Trojan horses, and have them act completely in the interest of the cult in order to help “capture” the agencies they are working inside of. When we look at Fethullah Gulen’s (the leader of the Gulen movement) speech, on June 18, 1999, his advice to his followers included suggestions to not act until gaining all the power of every constitutional organization in Turkey; that shows there is a methodical plan going on.

Gulen movement has become the owner of nearly a thousand schools in the world and the controller of a serious amount of capital. According to Jane’s Defense Weekly, a publication from the leading U.S. security and intelligence organization, the Gulen movement controls $25bn in various companies and assets. They are organized in poor African countries especially, and they succeed by obtaining a grip on the resources of those countries. The movement does not balk at any expense in order to give its followers the best education they can; it sends them to developed foreign countries like the United Kingdom or the United States to get the best education available and to learn English. After their education, the cult brings those followers back to Turkey and gives them important tasks.

Cult influence over the Justice and Development Party (AKP):

One of the main reasons the AKP has become the first party in the elections two times in a row is the coalescence of all the cults in Turkey giving their votes to the same party.

In its first term, the AKP government did not show its real (Gulen) face and they succeeded in deceiving the Turkish public that the government is modern and democratic; yet, after gaining all the power of the constitutional organizations, the AKP began to show its true self, and it has begun to act parallel with cult movements.

First, the AKP began a cleaning process with the media, starting with Cem Uzan, then they confiscated all the companies from big media bosses. This process ended by driving the Dogan Media Company to the edge by punishing them with a $5.9bn tax fine. All of those confiscated companies have now been sold to the business men who are connected to the Gulen Movement.

Following those incidents, many scholars, men of science, and military personnel have been thrown in jail due to the laws and regulations that are passed from the National Assembly in the middle of the night, and they are forced to deal with thousands of pages of cases; the only common thing among those people arrested is that all of them are opposed to the AKP and cults.

These processes have been applied by those cult members who have gained positions in the legal system. As a result of owning all the big media companies in the country, they propagandize their thoughts and all the incidents that take place in the country are being announced to the world as “democratization movements”. They use every opportunity to underline that the AKP gives great importance to the EU accession process and reforms.

Cult influence on the AKP government showcases its results in Turkey’s changing foreign policy. Turkey began a campaign of attacks on Israel in every area; even at the ministerial level. The ousting of the Israeli National Basketball Team from the Efes World Cup, the recanted invitation of Israel to participate in a joint military practice and the famous “one minute” incident at Davos are just a couple of examples. The Gulen cult has also begun a boycott campaign against Israeli products and they strongly oppose those products in areas that they are powerful in. Israel is accused of killing innocent people by Gulen scholars and it is being held responsible for every trouble occurring in Turkey through the movements personal TV series; for example, they show the Israelis as the cause for the failure of the Kurdish opening.

The US connection

Everyone knows the strong alliance between Israel and the United States, but despite this alliance, some people might be surprised by the support given to the Gulen movement by the United States. After being sued and accused of trying to build a crime organization to destroy the states secular structure in Turkey with his movement, Fethullah Gulen moved to the United States, and when he applied for the green card, some CIA officers, including Graham Fuller, gave him reference letters for his application. These events show just how much support the United States gives to the Gulen movement.

The reason for this support is the U.S. efforts to defuse the Middle East and Caucasus via Gulen’s moderate Islamic policy and to then exert control of these regions. This policy leans on the idea that cult movements are less harmful than terrorist organizations, and if you use them in the right way, they can even be useful. When we look at Turkey’s example, while terrorist organizations would not be able to succeed in taking charge of a country, the Gulen Movement could succeed in doing so and in a short time period as well, and then they can continue their dissemination.

In addition, Iran’s rejection of Gulen schools, and the closing of 16 Gulen schools in Russia and the final closure of 4 faculties in Iraq on December 30, 2009, shows that this movement does not have lots of power in countries outside of Turkey and Africa. Following these facts, the United States should stop giving support to this movement and start the elimination process of this organization. The Gulen Movement tries to build the same structure in the United States by opening several schools and it could soon begin to exert more influence there as well. Investigations in Utah on the movements dealings could be interpreted that the United States is finally beginning to see them as a threat too.

The future

Radical Islam could have succeeded in gaining control of the world before, but this time, its method is quite different and much more dangerous, of course. While the complete capture of Turkey is standing in front of us, it is impossible to approach the problem in an optimistic way. The Gulen Movement is trying what other Islamic organizations have failed to do, it wins the hearts and minds of people through good deeds and education, and that is proving to be just as dangerous as a ticking time bomb.

So, in order to extinguish a fire, first you must prevent it from spreading to other areas. If we want to put out the flames of this fire, then the U.S. must conduct detailed investigations into their schools and recognize them as “a crime organization without guns” and freeze their assets. It would lead to the Gulen cult losing their financial power and an eventual collapse of the organization itself; without money they will not be able to continue spreading. Once that has been accomplished Turkey can begin to eliminate them, since at this time, Turkey does not possess that power.

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Burhan Gurdogan

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10 Responses to The Gulen Movement : Cult influence over the Justice and Development Party (AKP)

  1. Turkish4Life says:

    Gulen is a fake and fraud, he only has a 12th grade education- his advanced education is Islamic theology. American schools have been sold a bill of goods by Gulen and he is laughing all the way to the bank. 1/2 the Teachers are brought in from Turkey or Azerbaijan (another Turkish islamic country) and their credentials are suspect. The schools have Turkish American Clubs, turkish Language is taught, etc, and these are TAXPAYER supported Charter schools. The names of the schools and the foundations they are under have deep layers Sonoran Science Academy (AZ), Harmony Schools (TX) Beehive (UT-CLOSING THIS YEAR) Magnolia (CA) and much more. The foundation names besides Gulen are Daisy Educaiton, Cosmos, Niagra, Concept and more. If you go to and look up the 990 tax returns it gets very involved. and millions $$$ are filtered into these schools with some donations from corporations that deal with the Islamic Republic of Turkey.
    America is STUPID.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Those of you, who are really looking forward to learn the facts about Fethullah Gulen and the Gulen Movement can visit the following links to get accurate information.
    Fethullah Gulen Movement
    Fethullah Gulen

  3. Anonymous says:

    Some say they are the best schools around, and some say they can’t be that good without support from global powers. Some say they serve for global peace, and some other say: “Don’t be naive they must have a hidden agenda”. I will not get into questions like “water of the mill” as they have been addressed previously. The main question I am going after is, what are really Gulen Inspired Schools? What makes them standout? How can you distinguish a Gulen Inspired School from any other public or community school?

    If you would like to get “real”, “unbiased” and accurate information about the Gulen Inspired Schools, please follow this link.

    Gulen Schools

  4. Maria Erbil says:

    This will not work, I was a Turkish Teacher for Gulen in 2005. These posts above are planted by Gulen sympathizers. Remember Gulen OWNS his own media Zaman, ERBU TV and his own websites that have biased information on it. Like the websites about him supplied above.

  5. istambul says:

    Not just the media, he owns the whole Turkish government and police and now they try to own all judiciary bodies, and weaken the military. There is a serious struggle between his ideology and secular Turks in Turkey. I know some Turks who had stayed in his dormitories in Turkey, they tell horrifying stories, like being forced to get up for morning prays, swearing to Ataturk, forced to listen Fetullah´s speeches everyday, in Holy holidays forced to collect money for them.
    He is the biggest threat against the secular state.

  6. Nothing is better than watching the World Cup with a cold beverage

  7. F Gulen says:

    Gulen movement participants have founded a number of institutions across the world which promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue activities. During the 1990s he began to advocate interreligious tolerance and dialogue. He personally met with leaders of other religions, including Pope John Paul II, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos, and Israeli Sephardic Head Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron.

    Please visit the following links to get more information about Fethullah Gulen.
    Fethullah Gulen
    Fethullah Gulen Blog

  8. F Gulen says:

    Gulen movement participants have founded a number of institutions across the world which promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue activities. During the 1990s he began to advocate interreligious tolerance and dialogue. He personally met with leaders of other religions, including Pope John Paul II, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos, and Israeli Sephardic Head Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron.

    Please visit the following links to get more information about Fethullah Gulen.
    Gulen Movement
    Fethullah Gulen

  9. Fettosshh says:

    I am a Turk and me and a lot of Turks like me don´t want your harmony, your dialogue and all the rest you like to say all the time, we don´t need your fake tolerance, which you and the rest of your brainwashed friends repeat all the time.Don´t you memorize smt else?

    Since 1990´s Turkey is systematically taken to darkness by your tolerance.

    in 1993, your tolerance burned 37 alevi people alive in Sivas.
    Same year bombed a Turkish journalist who was bringing out Islamic teror ties with the deep state.
    Your mentality killed atheist theolog, and a feminist muslim woman before.
    your tolerance killed the Priest in Trabzon,
    your tolerance just recently killed Bishop in Iskenderun.
    Your tolerance is just to Hamas and Hizbullah and Muslim Brothers and to your other Islamic friends.

    You hate us to the bone, you hate agnostic, alevi, atheist Turks, christians, jews….
    Live us free, we don´t need your sharia, we want a peaceful Anatolia, with our Armenians, Greeks, Jews.
    We don´t need tolerance from terrorists.

  10. I don’t know how France could have lost. That was a fast exit. I assumed that they had a pretty decent shot to do well in this years world cup. I guess I will have to wait. Maybe its time to jump on the Argentina bandwagon. Looks like Demichelis has already scored. Go Argentina. To cheer me up from that devastating loss by France, I have been watching some funny jokes.. This one is pretty funny:

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