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1 CuriousLurker  Tue, Nov 23, 2010 6:00:14pm

Interesting; I've never heard of him. I'll have to do some digging over the holidays.

2 FriarsTale  Tue, Nov 23, 2010 6:44:49pm

Jihad Watch doesn't like him very much
Islamic Armed Fortress Emerges from Pocono Mountains

3 Michael Orion Powell  Tue, Nov 23, 2010 6:53:18pm

re: #2 FriarsTale

The most dangerous Islamist in the world is neither Afghani nor Arab.

He comes from neither Sudan nor Somalia.

And he resides in neither the mountains of Pakistan nor the deserts of the Palestinian territories.

This individual has toppled the secular government of Turkey and established madrassahs throughout the world.

His schools indoctrinate children in the tenets of radical Islam and prepare adolescents for the Islamization of the world.

Oh no!!! The Muslim George Soros! So many puppet masters!

4 theye1  Tue, Nov 23, 2010 8:23:39pm

The Gülen movement is a crazy mix of Turkish culture and Islam, it's basically harmless, and a huge supporter of interfaith dialogue. It's a bit conservative, in regards to the role of Women, but it's not fundamentalist. I've seen some accuse Fethullah Gülen of being antisemitic, but I've yet to see any evidence for it.

It's somewhat ironic, his Muslim critics call him a CIA agent, a US puppet, a secret cardinal of the Pope or someone working for Zionists. Whereas his western critics call him an anti-Semitic, anti-Western and trying to forcefully convert Christians.

5 Michael Orion Powell  Thu, Nov 25, 2010 3:49:27pm

re: #4 theye1

Social conservatism on the whole doesn't have to be a bad thing. It's just bad when it turns into a rabid fascism ala Al Qaeda, the Wahhabis or Iran (or the Ku Klux Klan here in the US).

Western society is in alot of chaos, and the world as a whole is in flux. With Muslims being the major population that is replacing itself, it seems appropriate that a figure arrives who is able to present Islam in a manner that is digestible to the Western public and puts it appropriately next to other faiths. I'd take his conservatism over Robert Spencer's Go-To-War-With-1.5-Billion-People crapola.


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