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Re: “Questions loom about group proposing Raleigh charter school


It hasn't been all that long ago the when public was told we needed to restrict Jews from immigrating here because they were not up to snuff. This seems to be a very interesting trait. The puritans knocked off witches and restricted anyone from coming in that did not agree with them. It hasn't been all that long ago when Jews were limited as to how many could go to medical school and heavens forbid joining the better country clubs.
Naturally the Irish were blocked because of their bad habits and the African Americans were quietly kept in the south working on the farms and not coming north to interfere with the so called "better class" northerners!!! Along the way, African Americans have also overcome that non sense they had to go through. Of course my ancestors came and killed off the Indians and anyone else necessary to build the country we know as the USA. They even killed their ancestors, the British, because they wanted to be in control of their own destiny.
And it wasn't all that long ago that the Ottomans were one of the most successful empires in existence and if you read the founding fathers' letters you will see a lot of positive references to them. Just in my life time the Japanese have gone from being Nips who wore steel rim glasses and fought until death. If you believed the 1970 and 80's press, the Japanese were going to take over the world. And now, can you imagine a US without Toyota’s and Honda’s?
So now it's the Muslim's turn to be the victims of the day!!! Are there crazy Muslims? To be sure as there are crazy ones in any other group you can think of. Frankly I am not sure whether I will live long enough to see it, but I would almost bet that in 30 to 40 years you will see our Muslim American citizens winning Nobel prizes in as high, if not higher, proportion to their overall numbers. We have been blessed to see millions of USA citizen achieve results far above what were predicted, to where that is almost a joke to hear someone predict that such and such a group will never be worthy of citizenship. I am betting on the opposite. Bottom line, my advice to my fellow Turkish American educators is to continue to work hard educating our American generations in the most successful way. Looking at the data not innuendo from here and there, TMSA is on the right track! Majority of us are proud to have you all here, and you ignore the others...

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Posted by Jason Tuff on 01/25/2012 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Questions loom about group proposing Raleigh charter school

Who is playing this name and blame game?
A group of anonymous bloggers are playing around the so called Gulen Charter Schools with such endless rants and raves. All referring to each other in order to create a circle of Big Lie: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

The rules of the game are really easy: Find a charter school with a theme focusing on science or math. Check out their staff and founders, and if you come up with an oriental name anywhere label the school as a Gulen Charter School. Circulate it within a ring of bloggers. Next step is to find out news about sponsors and supporters of the school. If you can’t locate any wrongdoing or anything illegitimate then make it up. For sure they will get some sort of grants and public funding. In case the auditors don’t report any findings, do a little photoshopping in order to manipulate the news: Buy the sponsor a kefiyyeh and make Bill Gates look like Bin Laden. If that is too complicated for you, then copy a piece from these hate blogs, and submit comments to any articles that mentions a bit about education. The article does not need to be related to charter schools. Who cares about schools and education anyway? Just cast some aspersions.

Who are the players in this Big Lie name and blame game? You name it: ultra-right extremists, supremacists, xenophobes, grudged employees, disgruntled parents, and charter opponents. Among these ghost-fighters, a few are worth to mention to show the gravity of the situation:

Dr. Williams, who needs an immediate appointment with Dr. Phil, is running a hate website ranting on anything Islamic. It looks like the Don Quixote is running the last crusade against education jihad in his hallucinations. With every flow of rumors on the so called Gulen Charter Schools, Sir Odium Generis Islami dons his armors and sets out on his trusty steed tilting at windmills again. His orders to squiring Sanchos: Don’t let the bastards grind you down. One of his Sanchos should probably order their lionhearted knight couple of boxes of antipsychotics.

On another stage, the greatest actress of freedom is acting for America. Rising in defense of our liberty Brigitte Gabriel is calling all conscious patriots for action: They must be stopped! “They” obviously refer to Muslims. Casus belli! Are “they” extremists or fundamentalists? Who cares? Gulen appears to be innocuous, but he is a Muslim too, let’s throw mud at him, maybe this time it will stick. Gabriel is also founder of the American Congress for Truth, but which truth? In her paranoid schizophrenia there is no truth other than what she hallucinates.

In the world of such xenophobia and paranoia, you cannot possibly be a good citizen if you come from a different walk of life. Therefore you should not dare to contribute to community at all. How could you possibly help in education without a sinister intension or hidden agenda? If you were a Latino-American, African-American, or perish the thought a Muslim-American, then your existence is the very problem. Could there be any good in such an alien? No way! But one should ask then, where does Brigitte Gabriel come from? And don’t get your hopes high for Paul Williams either; unless his grandparents were one of the last Mohicans, he is an immigrant too. After all that might be the very reason for their hatred, as one cannot hate others so much without hating oneself. Odio ergo sum! As Descartes puts it, “It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”

What can be done to correct the misconceptions?
Should Gulen post ads in the daily papers telling that he has nothing to do with charter schools, or a infiltration, if any, or stealth jihad or whatever dark scenarios or conspiracies that loons are hallucinating that day? Should he report to these watch sites every day pledging his allegiance? As a matter of fact, Gulen has been preaching peace, tolerance, and mutual respect, interfaith and intercultural dialog every day of his life since he has known himself. His teachings have been recorded and transcribed for decades. He has got no fights with anything but ignorance. He has been acquitted of all allegations in many courts. In what jurisdiction does promoting love and tolerance, peace and harmony, education and dialog constitutes a crime anyway?

In a recent conversation, Gulen asks "Why don't they believe? Why do they, inside and outside, enter a process that can only be explained with reference to the psychological disease called paranoia? Why can't they get rid of their doubts and qualms? What has been said and done is evident, and despite there being nothing adding substance to their suspicions, why do they still look suspiciously at us?"
Answering, he says: "They do not look at the world from the same window as we do. They don't believe in the hereafter as we do. The values that are dear to us mean nothing to them. We seek the hereafter, paradise, the divine beauty, and we say, 'We do it to please God without any other motive,' but they focus on this world, seeing everything other than that. We say we are not motivated by fame, glory, position or money, while they put them at the center of their lives. While we say, 'One should not be deceived by this transient world, and we should do whatever we do in this ephemeral world with the hereafter in mind and to please God,' they think and believe exactly the opposite. Knowing that 'the tastes of this world are like a poisonous honey and pleasures are always accompanied by woes,' we believe that all pleasures, legitimate or illegitimate, are means for being tested in this world, but they do not have such criteria in their hands."

He then comes back to the beginning: "Even if they do not believe, and continue to be suspicious, you will not change your way. You will go on with your plans and projects for revival and the strengthening of universal values. Your attitude and behavior will continue to show that you are unfazed by worldly wants or goals. Without giving rise to paranoia, and by using various means, you will say strongly that you do not have motives other than achieving peace and the salvation of humanity. You will use everything from painting to music, from novels to poetry, from cinema to sports as a means. Some may raise objections. So be it. Some may have doubts if this is the right thing today. Let them. Why should we not use these means for revival and repair when they have been used for destruction up until now? I am a child of my time. I don't think anyone who is sane and who can make sense of the world properly will object to them. Even if they do, it means nothing. And you will be patient. You cannot treat chronic and gangrenous wounds all at once and magically."21

Wait till a blogger gets that!

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Posted by Jason Tuff on 01/25/2012 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Questions loom about group proposing Raleigh charter school

Same old stories, baseless allegations and , same chewing gum. Why are you so blind in listening what the state officials said after their investigations, listen to what council member finally had to say about his concerns instigated by these goose network. I guess the title of this article would have been " what-who-is behind these xenophobia movement and who are the chief of these orchestrated geese symphony?
Per article, how could only 5 Turkish out of 57 teachers determine the overall culture and direction of the school? Is this where the tax dollars wasted? Then the graph above depicting continuous success? Is this a coincidence if the science and math (Turkish teachers) were not qualified and were not understood by the students? Copied just from the article, check out this statement ""I find it kind of insulting as a parent [to think] that my child would be at a school where that's going on, and I wouldn't know it," said Schneider, president of the school's Parent Volunteer Organization". Who has more inside knowledge? the president of PTO or those who spew their allegation with some unknown hidden agenda? Again per article, out of 500 students only two students left the school due to such baseless fear artificially and forcefully being injected to the school community. I guess someone must have been waiting an exodus?
Get your facts separated from the fictions at http://www.getthefact.com/

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Posted by Jason Tuff on 01/25/2012 at 7:11 PM

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