Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.

At the Harmony Schools which have spread throughout Texas, students are immersed in Turkish culture, customs, religion, history and language. They allegedly are taught that the Ottoman Empire represented the golden age of global civilization and that the Armenian Holocaust, in which millions of Turkish Christians were massacred, never occurred. The thousands of students who emerge from these schools advance the cause of Turkey and the New Islamic World Order, according to Act for America and other reliable sources.

Thirty-two Harmony Schools have been set up the Lone Star State at an annual expense to Texas taxpayers of $41 million.

The schools reportedly are the breeding grounds for the Gulen movement in America and Fethullah Gulen’s long-range plan to create a universal caliphate.

Seven Harmony Schools are in Houston, four in Austin, three in Fort Worth, three in San Antonio, two in El Paso, and two in Dallas. Others have been established in Brownsville, Laredo, Beaumont, Bryan, Waco, Lubbock, Carrollton, Euless, Odessa, Garland, and Grand Prairie.

The schools are operated by the Cosmos Foundation, a mysterious non-profit corporation with headquarters in Houston.

Spokespeople for Harmony in an exclusive interview denied that their charter schools are connected to the Gulen movement.

“We have no ties to Fethullah Gulen or his movement,” Sonar Tarim, the superintendent of the schools and a member of the Cosmos Foundation,, informed Family Security Matters in an exclusive interview.

Mr. Tarim, a Turkish national, also denied that the schools are Gulen-inspired and have any ties to Gulen’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) which has gained political control of Turkey.

“We have absolutely no connection whatsoever and we have one of the highest rated charter schools in the state,” Mr. Tarim insisted.

But the interview with Mr. Tarim raised more questions than answers and offered the following evidence that the Turkish administrators of Harmony are operating under the Islamic principle of taqiyya or “holy deception.”

ü Mr. Tarim said that the Gulen movement has no ties to the Harmony Schools. But he was obliged to admit that all Harmony schools participated in the Turkish Olympiads, an event established by Gulen for his schools throughout the country. This information comes from Zaman, Turkey’s daily newspaper, which is owned and controlled by Gulen and his movement.

ü Mr. Tarim said that very few teachers in Harmony Schools hail from Turkey. Yet the Cosmos Foundation has obtained H-1B visas for more than 1,136 Turks to come to Texas to teach in the Harmony Schools.

ü Mr. Tarim said that the Harmony Schools are not related in any way to the Bluebonnet Learning Centers, which represent another chain Gulen charter schools in Texas. Yet the Bluebonnet Learning Centers are located within the Harmony Schools and information about the centers remained posted on the Harmony website until the conclusion of the interview.

ü Mr. Tarim said that he and all Harmony teachers are certified by the Texas Board of Educators. Yet Tarim himself is not certified for his position as a school administrator.

ü Mr. Tarim said that Turkish nationals are not in control of the Cosmos Foundation and the Harmony Schools. Yet every member of the board of directors for the Cosmos Foundation is a Turkish national, and all members, save one, of the board of directors for the Harmony schools are Turks.

ü Mr. Tarim expressed no awareness that the Harmony schools were constructed by Turkish construction companies that reportedly are affiliated with Gulen and his movement.

The Islamic principle of taqiyya has served to characterize the movement.

In his public statements, Fethullah Gulen has espoused a liberal version of Sunni/Hanafi Islam by promoting the Muslim notion of hizmet – – altruistic service to the common good. He has condemned terrorism, advocated interfaith dialogue, and met with such religious dignitaries as Pope John Paul II, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeos, and Israeli Sephardic Head Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron.

In private, Gulen has stated that in order to reach the ideal Muslim society “every method and path is acceptable, [including] lying to people.”

Nurettin Veren, a top administrator of the Gulen schools says: “These schools are like shop windows. Recruitment and Islamization activities are carried out through night classes.”

Bayram Balcri, a leading Turkish scholar, writes: “Fethullah’s aim is the Islamization of Turkish nationality and the Turkification of Islam in foreign countries. Dozens of Fethullah’s ‘Turkish schools’ are used to covertly ‘convert,’ not so much ‘in school,’ but through direct proselytism ‘outside school. Gulen wants to revive the link between state, religion, and society.”

Gulen, who has been labeled the “most dangerous Islamist on the planet,” has the financial means to achieve this objective. His movement has amassed more than $25 billion in assets – – a goodly portion for US taxpayers. In addition to Texas, his schools have been established at forty other locations throughout the country.

In the wake of Last Crusade reports, CBS7 in West Texas launched a cursory investigation into the Cosmos Foundation only to report that it remains “unlikely” that the Harmony Schools have only ties to Gulen and radical Islam.

The basis of the television station’s conclusion was stated as follows: “(Texas Congressman) Randy Neugebauer supports Harmony, and President George W. Bush invited Harmony Academy students to the Whitehouse in 2008.”

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  2. Therese says:

    I knew a Turkish murderer who thought the Ottoman Empire was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Well we all know that sliced bread is convenient, but probably not that good for us, just like the Ottoman’s Empire of Evil. And, Harmony is actually a code word for death. If you read different era’s in the history of the world you will find this word was used when and aggressor wanted to kill off the aboriginal people of that particular land. They would say they would restore “harmony”. That meant the death of the original people of that area. Nothing has changed.

    Strictly speaking it refers to the New Turkish World Order of Harmony. (Death). We only need to look at the genocides of most of the people around their boarders and beyond of Turkey. Every Christian Turk was murdered. Because they stood in the way of Harmony.

  3. Constantine says:

    A little hypocrisy?

    Suspected Kurdish rebels detonate remote-controlled bomb, killing four people and wounding 12 on bus carrying military personnel and their families

    Major cross-border offensive?

    Turkey firmly rules out dialogue with the rebel group, which is considered a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, but is granting more cultural and political rights to Kurds in the hope of reducing support for rebels in the poor southeast.

    Turkish warplanes often have bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts there, and troops have crossed the border to hunt the rebels down. The last major ground incursion into Iraq was in February 2008, but the rebels made a comeback after the troops withdrew.

  4. AmericatheBrave says:

    Having lived in Turkey, I will have to explain to you the Turkish psyche. First of all Turkish government doesn’t recognize the death of others only their own as being “tragic” or “killing”
    Turkey suffers from shameless hypocrisy and they don’t even understand why.
    The arrogance and ignorance of the people and government is self-centered.

    As is the Gulen Movement who believes they are the only ones capable of saving the world, educating children, and teaching the world.

  5. Bill says:

    With all that money being spent (tax payer money) on HB 1 visa where are all the Turks now? Logically speaking if they spent that money on 1,136 Turks to come over where are they now? I am sure if you gathered up all the schools it would show 1/2 that amount on for front working today. Where are they? It is a known fact that each and every school has spent money to bring a few over every year. They stay work a year or two then disapear. I know they did not go home. We know they travel from one school to the other. But after that they slip off into the back ground. But where do they go?

  6. annynomous says:

    A famous experiment was once conducted that involved placing a frog in a kettle of water. Don’t know who ever thought up this experiment, but it serves as an excellent illustration. If the frog were placed in a pot of boiling water, the frog would immediately jump out so as not to be scalded. Then the frog was placed in the water while it was yet cool. As the frog sat contently in the water, the water was heated one degree at a time. The frog adapted to the gradual changes in temperature until it boiled to death!

    The Gulen Movement can be likened to that frog. Gulens followers sit nice and comfortably in their charter schools, while the leadership implements Turkish nationalism and Turkish pride within the student body. They will choose to build a charter school and grow it. Then pick the fruits of it and plant its seeds nearby and grows another.

    The fruits of money and self promotion is not in the ideals of some of these teachers. Many give back there own pay and at times voluntarily go with out to sacrifice for the movement. For the creation of another school. These Gulen schools are the only schools that are growing at an alarming rate. In this economy what other industries do you see expanding and replicating itself? The only plant in the garden that will grow with out nutrients and water is a weed.

    Like the frog in the kettle not aware of it the temperature one degree at a time, the flowering gardens of academia is being over ran by weeds choking the whole tree. If the American government cannot be strong enough to stand in and stop this spread of Gulen’s so called moderate Islam then we the parents and community could simply stop watering the weeds. Our children is the future of this country. This is your wake up call in world gone mad. Our countries future is only as good as the information we feed our children.

    The break down in modern education and family has allowed someone else to come in and do it for you. If you would never allow a Turkish Muslim flag to fly over your homes, then why would one cheer a child who dances and sings under one? Every year the shows get bigger and bit more bold. The schools grow and more and more children compete and sing and dance for Gulen for Turkish delegates, to entertain them for there amusement and not more for America and there own families. Our garden is full of weeds. I don’t blame them for invading our garden of children. I blame the farmer who has stopped caring for his children and his land. When he had stopped caring his children found another garden to play in.

  7. Fettosshh says:

    Turkey suffers from shameless hypocrisy, it is true, but we understand why. it is all about money. Corrupted government and its Fetullah is doing everything to stay in power, to corrupt more.
    I don´t want to know what is going on in East Turkey border with the drug mafia bosses. PKK is the biggest drug seller in Europe and drugs are coming from Afghanistan, passing Turkey and reaches Europe. Kurdish mafia bosses and Turkish government likes to keep the area as uneducated, poor as they can, because a jobless poor one is much more easy for them to use for their terrorist acts. The government doesnt care about mass raping cases, they banned Google, youtube. There is a dictatorship in Turkey. People who talks against Gulen is prisoned. Like a chairman of a NGO, who was helping the girls in east and to support them during their education.

    Flotilla issue was another show to gain votes from their radical islamic voters.
    But the question, why USA or European governments support Gulen and so on. In Europe i think, they don´t want to loose their islamic voters… But States? What is the benefit of USA to have another Iran in the border of Greece?

  8. AmericatheBrave says:

    What is going on down there in the lone star state? You Texans turning into jellyfish?

  9. Maria Erbil says:

    Gülen tüm dünyada ve bir suçlu. I did Benim huband ve kuzenler tüm onun için çalıştı. Biz hiçbir şey o bir kral olarak yaşadı ise ödenmiştir. Gülen grubu tüm suçlular, Türk Hükümeti ve yolsuzluğa karışan siyasilerin form para alıyor.
    Ayrıca Türk değil Kürt.

  10. AmericatheBrave says:

    I will attempt the above translation:
    Laughs and a criminal world. I my husband and cousins worked for him. all worked for him. He lived as a king and we did not. Laughs With all the criminals, the Turkish government and the corruption of the political form of money is involved.
    He is also Kurdish not Turkish

    Got your drift, I believe you are saying Gulen is making all the money and his followers live very poor. The fact you say he is really Kurdish is interesting as I had heard this before. The village he is from Eruzum is 80%Kurds, it is not uncommon for Kurds to say they are “Turkish” to escape persecution. Since Gulen is a wanted man in Turkey, I can understand why he stays on his estate with guards.

  11. erol alkan says:

    I’m a turkish. But I don’t like fethullah gulen. He is shame of our country. I really appreciate dr william’s researches about this crazy man. I wish we can translate dr william’s researches in to the turkish. So turkish people can see that he is not so beloved in USA. We don’t want him back to our country. Thank you dr williams for your work.

  12. AmericatheBrave says:

    Erol, I was based in Turkey as a Community Advisor for the US Military.
    Merhaba! Miss the taste of Sojuk and Bastrama.

    Gulen and others like him will push Turkey backwards into darkness, it is all about supression and control while using Islam as the tool.
    You have to give Gulen credit, for a kid from SE Turkey with very little formal education he has emassed much money and power. As other cults that have peaked then destroyed themselves (James Jones, David Koresh, et al)
    Empires and Cults never last forever.

  13. erol alkan says:

    Hello AmericatheBrave. Good to hear your opinion. I hope every american can see the truth as you do. Fethullah gulen should be shipped to saudia arabia or sudan where he belongs. It is shame that USA wants to keep him here and let him to abuse american tax payers money through charter school system. .

  14. Therese says:

    Hey guys, isnt it the way in most Islamic countries. Some live like kings and the salt of the earth people are treated like dirt. Look at any of them and they cannot justify the treatment of their people. It is not the will of God either. Let’s hope we get some justice for the Turks and get Edogan OUT. He will deliver the Turkish people back to the dark ages. I cry for this wonderful country. I have my friends there and they are worried.

  15. erol alkan says:

    I know what s wrong with Turkey. I’m just worrying about US foreign policy. Why the US government wants to keep this kinda cult leaders (Fethullah Gulen or Sun myung moon,etc) in USA and let them spoil american culture. They are openly abusing the system here. Fethullah gulen wanted man in Turkey for islamic sneaky activities and Sun myung Moon is very much disliked in his home country in south korea. Can you answer me why the USA insisting the keep these cult leaders here and giving them green card and citizenship without their qualifications?

  16. erol alkan says:

    One more last thing. It is americans job to kick fethullah gulen out and and it is turkish people’s peoples job if he ever comes back put him in jail for his sneaky activities.

  17. AmericatheBrave says:

    Merhaba Erol!
    Turkey should grab some of the $25 billion that Gulen has emassed.
    Life is good living on a fortress in the poconos while pulling the strings in Education, Politics, Media and Corporations.

  18. erol alkan says:

    Hello. AmericatheBrave. I think USA should do that since Fethullah Gulen is using that money from newyork to los angeles for his activities. Turkey can’t do anything to him since he is in american soil and given green card by the US government(even though he is not qualified for that) sorry to say but he is all yours now. If you pack him back to Turkey we will have a room for him in our jails.

  19. erol alkan says:

    Hello. AmericatheBrave. I think USA should do that since Fethullah Gulen is using that money from newyork to los angeles for his activities. Turkey can’t do anything to him since he is in american soil and given green card by the US government(even though he is not qualified for that) sorry to say but he is all yours now. If you pack him back to Turkey then we will have hundreds of court cases against him. And hopefully he will end up in a jail.

  20. Therese says:

    This sounds a little like the creep who almost murdered me. Was taken to court in Turkey, where he was told to go home and be a good boy. I was not even told the court case was on. So he was free in Turkey. Then I asked my Consulate in Ankara to have him stopped at the airport-no can do. Well at least arrest him when he gets back home to our country-sorry, no can do as the offence was not committed in our country. So this is the way they are doing it. I almost lost my life on more than one occasion and no one is responsible for him. Criminals know the law, and I think it should be a case of choose the country you want to serve, not two passports. One country, one passport. One criminal, and one justice.

  21. Therese says:

    His time is coming – it is only a heartbeat away. Azareal can write it in his book.

  22. erol alkan says:

    We are talking back and forth so many things but no one answered my question. Even though fethullah gulen possibly will be taken to the court and jail if he shows up in Turkey. Why the USA wants to keep fethullah gulen and gave him a green card and let him to use american tax payer’ s money?

  23. Kuvvai Milliyeci Torunu says:

    Here is your answer Mr. Erol Alkan,

    Please find and read the article.

    Posted on April 28th, 2010 with 28 Comments
    Part Two
    Paul L. Williams, Ph.D.

    During the Clinton Administration, the CIA began to fund the Gulen and his movement with millions derived from drug trafficking – – including the revenues amassed by Turkish underworld figures (bubas) from the flow of heroin from Afghanistan through northern Iran to Turkey.
    With the money, Gulen established radical madrassahs (Islamic schools) and cemaats (Muslim communities) throughout the Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmernistan and newly newly formed Russian republics in order to gain control of the vast oil and natural gas reserves of these developing countries.


    Kuvvai Milliyeci Torunu

  24. Sceptic Turk says:

    This may help too

    and to learn the historical facts, maybe we shall read the book

    “A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West”

  25. 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

  26. Fethullah Gülen is an authoritative mainstream Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader and educational activist who supports interfaith and intercultural dialogue, science, democracy and spirituality and opposes violence and turning religion into a political ideology. Fethullah Gülen promotes cooperation of civilizations toward a peaceful world, as opposed to a clash:

    “Be so tolerant that your bosom becomes wide like the ocean. Become inspired with faith and love of human beings. Let there be no troubled souls to whom you do not offer a hand and about whom you remain unconcerned.” (Fethullah Gülen, Criteria or Lights of the Way. London: Truestar.)

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

  27. Murat Tolcan says:

    “Fethullah Gülen is an authoritative mainstream Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader and educational activist who supports interfaith and intercultural dialogue, science, democracy and spirituality and opposes violence and turning religion into a political ideology. Fethullah Gülen promotes cooperation of civilizations toward a peaceful world, as opposed to a clash:”

    Gulen is a 5th grade educated CON ARTIST, who has obviously fooled you- He is no Scholar, he never went to a University.

    One thing you were honest about is how he is trying to change his Islamic views into a “political ideology”

    You are so possessed and brainwashed by Hizmet that you are now actually using Gulen’s name when you post? His Ter!!! You embarass yourself and other Turkish people who are educated that have higher education.

    Gulen in fact was turned down on his original application for a residence visa by the US Department of Homeland Security because he had no special training or designation, until his buddies at the CIA vouched for him. As for his writings, books, etc., they are done by his circle of people from his group. As you know Gulen doesn’t know English and his Turkish isn’t very proper. So much for being a “Scholar” where did he get this designation from a mail order company?

  28. Murat Tolcan says:

    Fethullah Gulen vs. US Homeland Security:

    When Turkish secularists are asked to defend the view that Gülen enjoys U.S. support, they often point to his almost 20-year residence in eastern Pennsylvania. After the Supreme Court of Appeals in Turkey (Yargıtay) confirmed on June 24, 2008, a lower court’s ruling to acquit Gülen on charges that he organized an illegal terrorist organization to overthrow the secular government in Turkey, Gülen won another legal battle, this time in the United States. A federal court reversed U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service decisions that would have denied Gülen’s application for permanent residency in the United States on the basis that Gülen did not fit the criteria as someone with “extraordinary ability in the field of education.” The Department of Homeland Security characterized Gülen as neither an expert in the field of education nor an educator but rather as “the leader of a large and influential religious and political movement with immense commercial holdings.”[51]

    While the court ruling that allowed Gülen to remain in the United States may provide fodder for Turkish analysts who suggest U.S. support for Gülen, the process is actually more revealing. Indeed, the U.S. government noted that much of the acclaim Gülen touts is sponsored or financed by his own movement. Gülen attached twenty-nine letters of reference to his June 18, 2008 motion, mostly from theologians or Turkish political figures close to or affiliated with his organization. John Esposito, founding director of the Saudi-financed Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, who, after receiving donations from the Gülen movement sponsored a conference in his honor, also supplied a reference. Two former CIA officials, George Fidas and Graham Fuller, and former U.S. ambassador to Turkey Morton Abramowitz also supplied references.

    The letters may have worked. On July 16, 2008, U.S. district judge Stewart Dalzell issued a memorandum and order

  29. Murat Tolcan says:

    To the Fethullah Gulen poster that is always posting on sites about “Gulen” in relation to his schools.
    You go to GREAT LENGTHS to post postive articles and web sites written by Gulen’s Hizmet followers. Does it ever appear to you that you try too hard to disprove that these are not part of the worldwide Gulen “inspired” schools?

    Here is the issue the schools, parents and people of Turkiye have. It is called “lack of transparency” the school and teachers are secretive, they trust only a fellow Turkish teacher, they don’t answer or speak with parents /non-turkish Teachers in specifcs only in generality.

    Connect the dots, for every time you post your pro-Gulen remarks on a page about the Gulen managed Charter schools in the USA is one more realization that you have something to hide about these schools.

  30. erol alkan says:

    Dear Dr Williams. Your work is greatly appreciated by secular Turkish people. Your name is mentioned in many articles in Turkey as below. Thank you. Erol

  31. Johnathan Benjamin says:

    When commenting on this issue, one needs to understand the status of Imam Fetullah Gulen, Fulen’s Islamic cult operating worldwide, current Turkish government in power, and the stand of the Turkish people and the US government.

    1. Fetullah is a religious cult leader accused of charges that he organized an illegal terrorist organization to overthrow the secular government in Turkey, yet acquited by the current Islamic Turkish government in power..
    2. Current Turkish Government, AKP, is a radical islamic party which was also found guilty by turkish Supreme court, trying to end secularism and make Turkey more Islamic. But because Fetullah and other radicals also sneaked into Supreme court, the AKP was saved, and conitue its operations.
    3. Turkish people split in half backing Fetullah’s Islamic movement, and secularism (Secularism has almost an opposite understanding in Turkey than in the US. Separation of religion from government affairs vs freedom of religion in the US constitution).
    4. The US government actually supports AKP and the Gulen movement. I sincerely believe the current US government is using Turkish government as testing grounds of new international policies to see where it leads to and to decide how to proceed with new world order.
    Another opinion is that the US government (and the western world) having hard time dealing with radical Islam using supposedly more moderate Gulen movement to teach Islamic countries softer approach dealing with west. The US and the west think Gulen is THE solution for west because gulen promotes moderated Islam. Ottomans lead Muslims for centuries. Having failed in Iraq, In Afganistan, Gulen is the hope for modernization of Islam.
    As a brought up Muslim, i know for a fact that there is NO moderate Islam unless someone is willing to change and update Kuran. Fetullah Gulen as an IMAM can NOT have any other idea but bring sharia to world order. Other beliefs are just not acceptable.

    Moderate islam is the hope for west. That’s the reason the US government continues supporting Turkish islamic party in charge today in Turkey, allowing Gulen to operate in the US. But the US is yet to learn about “Taqiyye” in Islam. This is not a joke.

    About the Turkish Olympics; I laugh every time I hear this Olympics. To start with the word “Olympic” is not Turkish. If the Gulen movement is promoting the Turkish language, they’d better rename this non-sense olypics with a actual Turkish name. Only this example reveals how sincere Gulen movement is about their Turkish backgrounds. In Islam, nationalism is less important than muslim brotherhood. So Gulen movement is all about “Taqiyye” and the US governments allowing this cult to operate in the US will regret at the end.

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