TCPJ Alert – Video Out About State Sen. Brian Kelsey and TN Islamists


Newsletter #82 -Would Senator Brian Kelsey change his vote today?

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.

Newsletter #73 – Public enemy #1,2,3 – TN legislators and lobbyists

The Tennessee legislative session has a unique way of showing the citizens and taxpayers of Tennessee who isn’t protecting their rights.  It makes that old saying – “with friends like these, who needs enemies”, particularly meaningful.  Some of these individuals are elected officials and some are those hired to influence the elected:

I. Sen. Brian Kelsey– newly appointed Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Kelsey worked tirelessly as committee chair to defeat 2nd amendment rights bill SB250.   The 10th Amendment Center’s response to Sen. Kelsey’s first efforts is worth reading. 

Sen. Kelsey saved the real show for his follow-up 22 minute monologue during the next hearing on this bill.  His efforts generated a number of newspaper ads in the Germantown News, Bartlett Express and Shelby Sun Times:

kelsey ad

Earlier in the year he lent his support to the Muslim Brotherhood organizations in Memphis as a speaker at the “Advocating for TN Muslims – Memphis fundraiser”.


He is up for re-election in 2014 – or not.

II. The next biggest showman at the Tennessee legislature this session was Rep. Bill Sanderson’s performance in the House State Government Committee as he passionately spoke against a bill that would have helped the state of Tennessee figure out how much the federal government’s refugee resettlement program costs the state.  Guess he missed the lesson about the 10th amendment and the federal government not being allowed to raid state budgets.

He is up for re-election in 2014 – or not.

III. But the award for one of the most offensive remarks made this year goes to liberal Democrat Rep. Johnny Shaw who said that only “bona fide citizens” (aka non-conservatives) have the right to bring their concerns to state representatives.

No one shouldn even consider him for re-election.

Here come the lobbyists…. 

It’s pretty amazing how a red state’s legislature is flooded with lobbyists representing every known liberal/socialist/progressive agenda.

I.  ACLU-TN (reported revenue for most recent publicly available 990 from 2010, was $501,868 with total gifts, grants and contributions from 2006 – 2010 totaling $1,211,336), director Hedy Weinberg[1] has been a fixture at the Tennessee legislature for a long time.  She is now joined by her daughter Hannah Cornfield, a “Civic Engagement Fellow” with the Muslim American Center for Outreach (ACO), Remziya Suleyman’s organization.

II. Staying true to the roots of political shariah, Ms. Suleyman recently spoke at the birthplace of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.  On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Suleyman was part of the Muslim Brotherhood Student Association, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus, Spring Camp 2013.  This MSA was the very first U.S. Muslim Brotherhood established organization.  MSAs across the country have become the training ground for Suleyman’s jihad generation.

III. Nathan Ridley, lobbyist for the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) just happens to be married to the legislature’s Director of Legislative Administration, Connie Ridley, who is  probably a great source of insider information and an asset to Mr. Ridley’s activities as a lobbyist.  Not surprising though that TIRRC can afford a highbrow firm lobbyist given that in 2011 (last 990 available), they reported $1,169,811 in total revenue.  Lobbying expenditures since 2008 total $556,506 with $160,881 spent in 2011.  Total gifts, grants and contributions since 2007 reported total $3,901,899.

Ridley also represents Conexion Americas, an organization with reported revenue of $1,013,483 for 2010-2011.  This organization advocates for and represents Latino families in Middle Tennessee.

IV. Who even knew that Jennifer Murphy was Catholic Charities Tennessee lobbyist?  Some may be surprised to see that the lobbyist positions don’t follow the Catholic doctrine.  In fact, a recent disclosure was made that the University of TN educated Florida Planned Parenthood lobbyist who testified in support of infanticide, was on the board of Florida Catholic Charities!

Seems like liberal/socialist/progressive causes are well-funded and well represented in the Tennessee state house.

[1] TCPJ is planning to publish an extensive background piece on Ms. Weinberg.