Fethullah Gulen and Tourism in “Secular” Turkey: From Alcohol Free to Kaffir Free?


Fethullah Gulen: Facilitating His Own “Ecumenical Brand” of Alcohol and Kaffir-Free Tourism, the Useful Idiots for Cultural Jihadism at Foreign Policy Notwithstanding?




As MEMRI’s Turkish blog reports (from August 26, 2008), the “fast disappearance” of restaurants in the important mountain resort of Uludag, is now being followed by another demand of Arab Muslim tourists to the region: the reduction of the number of passengers per cable car from 40, to a maximum of 25. Safety concerns, perhaps? Hardly! Arab Muslim tourists are insisting (via their travel agents) that they not be placed in too close proximity to “foreigners,” i.e., non-Muslim kaffirs /infidels, lest they have “…any bodily contact with their women and girls.” To accommodate their Arab clients’ anti-infidel bigotry, the Turkish AKP governed Bursa municipality has begun to impose these changes, extending a cable car line to the area of the hotels, and also declaring that this new line will include both “VIP” and sex-segregated (read Islamic sexual apartheid) cars as well.


Not surprisingly, a company affiliated with the “ecumenist” and, according to the feckless journal Foreign Policy, “World’s Top Public Intellectual,” Fethullah Gulen—in reality Mr. Gulen is a cultural jihadist par excellence—has been offered a non-competitive bid to complete the Islamic supremacist /apartheid cable car line.


Last July, a summary report also by MEMRI noted that,


In 1999, footage was aired on Turkish television of sermons delivered by Fethullah Gulen to a crowd of followers, in which he revealed his aspirations for an Islamist Turkey ruled by shari’a as well as the methods that should be used to attain that goal. In the sermons, he said:


“You must move in the arteries of the system, without anyone noticing your existence, until you reach all the power centers… until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria… like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete, and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it… You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey… Until that time, any step taken would be too early – like breaking an egg without waiting the full 40 days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all – in confidence… trusting your loyalty and sensitivity to secrecy. I know that when you leave here – [just] as you discard your empty juice boxes, you must discard the thoughts and feelings expressed here.”


The sermon continues: “When everything was closed and all doors were locked, our houses of isik [light] assumed a mission greater than that of older times. In the past, some of the duties of these houses were carried out by madrassas, some by schools, some by tekkes [Islamist lodges]… These homes had to be schools, had to be madrassas, [had to be] tekkes all at the same time. The permission did not come from the state, or the state’s laws, or the people who govern us. The permission was given by Allah… who wanted His name learned and talked about, studied, and discussed in those houses, as it used to be in the mosques.”


In another sermon, he said: “Now it is a painful spring that we live in. A nation is being born again. A nation of millions [is] being born – one that will live for long centuries, Allah willing… It is being born with its own culture, its own civilization. If giving birth to one person is so painful, the birth of millions cannot be pain-free. Naturally we will suffer pain. It won’t be easy for a nation that has accepted atheism, has accepted materialism, a nation accustomed to running away from itself, to come back riding on its horse. It will not be easy, but it is worth all our suffering and the sacrifices.”


In yet another sermon, he said, “The philosophy of our service is that we open a house somewhere and, with the patience of a spider, we lay our web, to wait for people to get caught in the web; and we teach those who do. We don’t lay the web to eat or consume them, but to show them the way to their resurrection, to blow life into their dead bodies and souls, to give them a life.”


By the time this was aired, Gulen had already left the country for the U.S., supposedly for health reasons. A year later, in 2000, he was indicted in absentia for attempting to change Turkey’s system of government and for “forming an illegal organization with the purpose of establishing an Islamist state.”


Gulen is clearly succeeding in absentia, the useful idiots for cultural jihadsm at Foreign Policy, notwithstanding.

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