Monday, March 10, 2014
The Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV), whose honorary chairman is Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, protested against recent rhetoric employed by the Turkish government and its supporters in a forceful statement it released on Wednesday, claiming that the Hizmet movement has been “demonized” and challenged those who target Hizmet to prove their “slanders.”
Prominent figures, including the prime minister, have placed the Hizmet movement under the spotlight in election campaigns. The prime minister hurls grave insults, details of which I cannot repeat here. He also makes strong accusations as though there has been a judicial decision or conviction. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, defining it as a parallel state, gravely insults the Hizmet movement and Fethullah Gülen.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Fethullah Gulen Attempts an Islamic Reformation
In a video posted on his Web site last December, the Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen called on God to curse Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Gulen, who has lived in exile in the United States since 1999, declared in a sermon broadcast on Turkish television, “Those who don’t see the thief but go after those trying to catch the thief: may God bring fire to their houses, ruin their homes, break their unities.” This went far beyond the normally secular bounds of political debate in Turkey.
Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) Vice President Cemal Uşak traveled every inch of Central Anatolia as part of the Wise People Commission for two-and-a-half months last spring to hold meetings with locals in order to listen to their demands and opinions related to the government's settlement initiative with the Kurds.