The writer of this article on Gulen-inspired schools is Muhammed Cetin who will be one of the speakers at the 2/20/2011 Gulen Event sponsored by Gulen's NGO Pacifica Insitute at the Santa Clara University. No one should have any doubt that these Gulen NGOs work in tandem with each other for 1 thing- TO PROMOTE THE GULEN MOVEMENT AND THE GULEN SCHOOLS - See below for invite
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MUHAMMED ÇETİN Today's Zaman
Gulen-Inspired Schools; There is no consensus among writers on what to call the Gülen-inspired institutions; this is as true for American lawyers as it is for Turkish correspondents of all political colors. The use of terms like "Gülen schools" can arise from ignorance or disinformation. If the term "Gülen schools" is equated with, for example, Montessori schools (where a particular training and qualifications are required for personnel and a specific methodology is used), it leads to misunderstanding.
Gülen movement participants have their own perspectives on terms used for the movement and the social movement organizations (SMOs) it has inspired. However, many outsiders seem oblivious to these perspectives or choose to ignore them
Because of its brevity, outsiders tend to use "Gülen schools" rather than "Gülen-inspired schools." But the shorter term seems to imply some sort of central control of activities and even an ideology, while the second makes it clearer that there is no centralization in the movement. Gülen movement participants tend to use the Turkish term hizmet (volunteer services) for the projects and services they provide. This is a solution for the inconsistency in naming the Gülen movement and the institutions it inspires and in clarifying their identity for outside observers.
MUHAMMED ÇETİN Today's Zaman
1. Richard James says:
One of the strangest twists to the story about how the Gulenists are all about helping humanity (NOT!) is the one about Muhammed Cetin, a very high-ranking Gulenist who once held a position as a Ministerial Advisor in Turkmenistan under the ruthless dictator Saparmurat Niyazov.
One of Cetin’s roles was to translate a bizarre book that Niyazov had written (the “Ruhnama”). In 2003 the NY Times published a story about Niyazov entitled, “When a Kleptocratic, Megalomanûacal Dictator Goes Bad.” In 2004, 60 Minutes did a segment on Niyazov called “Turkmenbashi Everywhere: If You Think Saddam Was Fond Of Himself, Visit Turkmenistan”
Visit YouTube and search for ’shadowoftheholybook’ to watch a trailer of the documentary “Shadow of the Holy Book,” a documentary about Niyazov’s craziness.
The weirdest thing is that Cetin includes his role under Niyazov in the bios for his appearances at Gulenist events, probably counting on the fact that the title “Ministerial Advisor” trumps any of the attendees’ knowledge of Turkmenistani history.
Cetin has served as the president of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, the same organization that Alp Aslandogan represents in the article above. Cetin is also listed as a faculty member at East Strousdburg University in PA, conveniently only 11.4 miles from where Gulen holes himself up at the Golden Generation Worship & Retreat Center in Saylorsburg.
Yup, the weirdness starts at the very top.
Very, very few Americans know anything about Gulen or his movement because the movement likes to operate so secretively. As a result, for years U.S. taxpayers have been supporting the cult/movement’s establishment into our society by funding the Gulen charter schools.
I say take away their public funding and let the parents who love them so much pay tuition.
COMMENT TAKEN FROM PBS PAGE ON GULEN DOCUMENTARY THAT MENTIONS THE GULEN SCHOOLS