He has been called the most dangerous Islamist in the world, but maybe Chad Causey, candidate for Arkansas 1st Congressional District seat, did not check Fethullah Gulen’s credentials before he allowed him to post his essay on Gulen’s website. Perhaps he did not have access to the Internet that day.
Causey also went on an interesting trip to Turkey in 2008. According to LegiStorm, a website that makes it easy to look up the salaries and financial disclosures of Congressional staffers, the trip was paid for by the Rumi Forum for Interfaith Dialogue. If you scroll down on their website and look on the right side – bingo! Guess who they have as their “Honorary President?” Yep – Fethullah Gulen himself.
It is terrifying to think that a potential U.S. Congressman was not aware of this Islamic radical that has been called the “Turkish Khomeini.” If his research skills were so poor on this, what else is Mr. Causey in the dark about? After all, Causey was Congressman Marion Berry’s chief of staff for several years, and he should be on top of these things. Or, to look at another way, did he know about the radical background of Fethullah Gulen and choose to ignore it? This is a terrifying thought. Only Mr. Causey knows the answer to this, and someone needs to ask him to explain his rationale.
Apparently, Gulen is some sort of educator, and I use that word loosely. There is a movement to set up “Gulen” schools in America. According to Jihad Watch, several countries have outlawed the establishment of Gulen schools and cemaats (communities) within their borders–including Russia and Uzbekistan. Even the Netherlands, a nation that embraces pluralism and tolerance, has opted to cut funding to the Gulen schools because of their imminent threat to the social order.
These Gulen schools have jumped on the charter school bandwagon, and have co-opted the conservative position on charter schools – i.e. teacher’s unions are bad; charter schools are good. They are very good at manipulation, but don’t be fooled, they are madrassa schools, which are very radical. In the south we say they are “playing both sides against the middle.”
There was even an attempt to start up a Gulen charter school in Springdale, Arkansas, but the state board denied its request, thankfully. This is a little too close to home.
When Mr. Causey visited Turkey, he should have spoken to people who know about Gulen. This would not have been hard to do, since he is such a controversial figure.
In any event, in the words of Ricky Ricardo, Causey has some ‘splainin’ to do.