Stand for Israel or stand with her enemy?
On August 6, 2014, Nashville Rabbi Phillip “Flip” Rice spoke (starting at minute 55), at a public pro-Israel solidarity gathering in Nashville.
This past March, however, Rice was part of an interfaith panel sponsored by the Tennessee chapter of the Atlantic Institute (the Institute). A CAIR-Hamas representative was also part of the panel.
The Atlantic Institute is a “spinoff” organization of the Society for Universal Dialogue (SUD).
The SUD used to be known as the Knoxville Turkish Cultural Center. Back in 2013, the SUD and the Iris Foundation shared the same address. The Iris Foundation submitted the failed Knoxville Academy Gulen charter school application. The Iris Foundation Board’s secretary (and proposed President of the failed Knoxville charter school), Suzan Mertyurek, is a board member of Gulen schools in other states.
Growing public awareness about the Gulen charter school network along with reports of the federal investigation of problems associated with these schools may have contributed to the denial of the Knoxville charter school proposal.
The Atlantic Institute works with its partner organizations, the Istanbul Center and the Southeast Turkish American Chamber of Commerce to organize “multiple trips to Turkey.” These trips are designed to influence “figureheads from universities, law enforcement agencies, and faith based community leaders in the Southeastern US.” The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce takes Tennessee legislators on these trips routinely.
Turkey: “moderate” Muslims who just happen to support the killing of Jews and Israel
Turkey is moving away from secularism and toward Islamic rule. For example, it was reported that Sunni Islam religious classes are compulsory in the public schools. Women are increasingly being chastised in accordance with sharia standards. Last week a female journalist who writes for The Economist and a Turkish newspaper, was called a “shameless woman” by Erdogan and told to “know your place” because her question allegedly insulted Islam and Muslims.
In July, Erdogan’s Prime Minister said it was immodest for women to laugh in public.
Erdogan embraces the Muslim Brotherhood whose ideology is being actively promoted by Tennessee jihadis. Tennessee’s Islamists share Erdogan’s vision for a dominant world Islamic power under sharia law. In 1998 he declared: “the mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets, and the faithful our soldiers.”
There are reports that Turkey’s military is prepared to support another flotilla of aid to Gaza. It is being organized by the same relief organization that tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza in 2010. Footage of Israeli Navy commandos being attacked when they boarded the ship disproved the mainstream media’s efforts to characterize the Israelis as the aggressors rather than having to resort to defensive measures.
Rabbi Flip’s temple calendar at Congregation Micah lists a program called “Moderate Muslims.” On August 15, 2014, Rabbi Flip will talk about “his trip to Turkey with an interfaith delegation.”
Is he going to talk about the Jew haters who voted Erdogan into office or the ones here who want him to believe that they are “moderate Muslims?” Which face will he show at his program? The friend of Israel or her enemy Hamas supported by Turkey?
Not likely given his support for all causes Islamist.
Kelsey speaks at Memphis fundraiser “Advocating for TN Muslims”
In the 2012 legislative session, Sen. Kelsey, then a member of the Senate Education Committee, spoke passionately against a bill designed to limit the number of H1B visas used to staff publicly funded charter schools. He voted against the bill in committee and again in the full Senate.
Kelsey’s mantra was “we want the best and the brightest by whatever means.”
TCPJ May 3, 2012 newsletter detailed the high usage of H1B visas by the Cosmos Foundation to staff its U.S. charter schools. The Cosmos Foundation operates charter schools that fit Gulen school characteristics. Connections were documented between Cosmos and the Memphis School of Excellence, the failed Knoxville Charter Academy, and the then pending charter applications of the W.E.B. DuBois Consortium.
Turkish-Americans recently held a protest against the Gulenist infiltration into U.S. charter schools. One sign may have said it best: “The Most Dangerous Islamist in the World.” [Fetullah Gulen]
In Gulen’s private 1999 sermon that was leaked to Turkish television he “revealed his aspirations for an Islamist Turkey ruled by Sharia (Islamic law) as well as the methods that should be used to attain it:
“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…”
It does make you wonder what the protesters know and understand about Gulen’s connection to Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan efforts to Islamacize Turkey. Erdogan was quoted in 1998:
“the mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets, and the faithful our soldiers.”
CBN reporter Erick Stakelbeck’s new book “The Brotherhood: America’s Next Great Enemy” , Chapter 6, confirms the very real concerns expressed by the anti-Gulen protesters. He writes:
“…classified documents released by WikiLeaks in 2011 show that U.S. officials know exactly what Gulen is up to. ‘Gulen supporters account for an increasing proportion of [the]…nonimmigrant visa applicant pool.”
Another section of the leaked cable….states, ‘have multiple reliable reports that the Gulenists use their school network (including dozens of schools in the U.S.) to cherry-pick students they think are susceptible to being molded as proselytizers…’
A Middle East analyst from the Heritage Foundation says Fetullah Gulen the Turkish imam after whom the Gulenist movement is named describes his movement as the “New World Islamic Order.”
Stakelbeck quotes French-Turkish scholar Bayram Balci’s summation of the Gulenist movement which “serves to accomplish three intellectual goals: the Islamization of the Turkish nationalist ideology; the Turkification of Islam; and the Islamization of modernity.”
As Stakelbeck points out, the work of Islamists, whether of the Turkish Gulenist or the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood variety, in the end is designed to destroy both Israel and the West.
And legislators like Tennessee Senator Brian Kelsey are doing all they can to help.
What’s really behind the newly passed charter school bill SB3345/HB3540?
If the Memphis School of Excellence wasn’t being operated by the Cosmos Foundation….
If the Memphis School of Excellence hadn’t been sponsored by the Read Foundation…
If Matt Throckmorton, Director of the Charter School Association had done his due diligence…
If Willie Herenton hadn’t chosen to partner with the Cosmos Foundation on 9 new charter school applications….
If the Cosmos Foundation wasn’t under federal investigation for misuse of public funds and overutilization of the H1B visa program to staff the charter schools it operates….
Then maybe the bill would not have been necessary.
A few as yet unreported facts related to this bill….
No person living overseas has a right to a H1B temporary work visa. A U.S. employer must first recruit and offer a job to a person living overseas who may then apply for the visa.
- Reported by several news outlets in several states that there is a nationwide, federal investigation into charter schools and charter school operators that have high H1B visa utilization
- Cosmos Foundation is a charter school operator that is part of the investigation
- Cosmos has ranked #1 consistently among top 100 secondary school education H1B users using public funds to recruit workers from overseas in favor of bypassing qualified U.S. workers
- Bloomberg Business Week report re: the 200 companies that received most H1B visa approvals in 2007, ranked Cosmos #78 ahead of MIT and Texas Instruments
- H1B visa reports for Secondary School Education sponsors
2001-2009 Cosmos dba Harmony – #1 – 731 visas
Cosmos Foundation – #10 – 117 visas
2009 Cosmos dba Harmony – #1 – 268 visas
Cosmos Foundation – #6 – 88 visas
2011 Cosmos Foundation – #1 – 147 visas
- Examples of positions for which Cosmos recruited overseas and obtained H1B visas:
5 Assistant Principals
ESL Teacher (english as a second language)
- in 2012, a charter school operated by the Sky Foundation in partnership with Cosmos used an H1B visa to fill a “budget analyst” position (were there no U.S. accountants available?)
- The Cosmos Foundation is connected to the following TN charter schools:
o Memphis School of Excellence (MSE, opened 2010)
o Knoxville Charter Academy approved but not open yet
o 9 charter school applications approved by a Memphis/Shelby County committee, submitted by W.E.B. DuBois Consortium
Memphis School of Excellence (MSE) and Cosmos
o READ Foundation is a management company listed in the charter application for MSE
o Cosmos is represented as a “partner organization” in the READ Foundation charter application
o The application describes Cosmos’ role as offering “comprehensive school advisory services to the READ Foundation board and the Memphis School of Excellence”
o The application further states that Cosmos will “advise and provide services when necessary in…. staff hiring and management trainings including recruiting…”
o See also, Commercial Appeal 3/6/2010 and 10/3/11 for references of relationship between MSE and Cosmos
- Co-founder of the Iris Educational Foundation which proposed the Knoxville Charter Academy is also listed as a Director of the READ Foundation which is partnering with Cosmos to operate MSE
Louisiana recently revoked the charter of Abramson charter school and is investigating Kenilworth. Both schools are operated by the Pelican Foundation which has a support contract with Cosmos
Charter schools in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania all being investigated in part because of high H1B visa utilization. The Philadelphia LEA charter office is recommending to the School Reform Commission that Truebright Science Academy charter not be renewed. It is reported that almost 1/3 of the staff at Truebright are working on H1 B visas.
Millenium Education Foundation which operates charter schools in Missouri also partners with Cosmos. In 2009 it was ranked #23 within the top 100 secondary school education users of H1B visas
Sky Foundation which operates the Dove charter schools in Oklahoma also partners with Cosmos. Dove ranked as follows within the top 100 secondary school education users of H1B visas – 2009 – #13; 2010 -#12; 2011 – #10
Charter school operators that partner with Cosmos consistently ranked high in 2011 top 100 secondary school education H1B visa use including – Riverwalk Education Foundation, #3; Sky Foundation, #10; Pelican Education Foundation #12
Wherever Cosmos goes, jobs go overseas.
Why would the Governor or any other steward of PUBLIC FUNDS question a bill that would help keep these jobs in Tennessee?
Other states are closing charter schools connected to this same network – why is Matt Throckmorton backing them?