Here is still more indication of the rapid discarding of secularism and Islamization of Turkey: many believe that GÃ¼len, the “Turkish Khomeini,” wants to bring Sharia back to Turkey: “Turkey”s National Security Council condemned in 1998 for ‘trying to undermine the country”s secular institutions, concealing his methods behind a democratic and moderate image.’ For this reason he has been living in voluntary exile in the United States since he was sentenced in absentia.”
“ErdoÄŸan hopes Islamic scholar GÃ¼len returns to Turkey soon,” from Today’s Zaman, June 15 (thanks to Joshua):
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan has openly invited Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah GÃ¼len to Turkey in a speech he delivered during the closing ceremony for the 10th Turkish Olympiads amid a standing ovation from a crowd of over 50,000.
ErdoÄŸan, who spoke after he was granted a special award by the organizing committee of the Olympiads, implied that GÃ¼len, without directly mentioning his name, should return to Turkey as soon as possible. The well-known scholar has been residing in the US for nearly 13 years.
“We want this yearning to end,” he said, receiving a lengthy standing ovation from the crowd, in a rare blunt invitation for GÃ¼len to return to his homeland. ErdoÄŸan added, “We want to see those who are abroad and longing for the homeland among us.”
Responding to the lengthy applause, ErdoÄŸan further said he understands that the crowd also wants “this yearning to end.”
GÃ¼len is a Turkish Islamic scholar well known for his teachings that promote mutual understanding and tolerance between different cultures and faiths. Now residing in the US, GÃ¼len has pioneered educational activities in a number of countries, along with efforts to promote intercultural and interfaith activities around the world. The Turkish Olympiads are an initiative pioneered by schools associated with him.
He has also written nearly 60 books in Turkish, most of which have been translated into dozens of languages. He was most recently honored with the EastWest Institute’s (EWI) 2011 EWI Peace Building Award for his contribution to world peace.
GÃ¼len is in self-imposed exile in the US even though there is not any legal hurdle that prevent him from returning to Turkey. Shortly after he went to the US, in 2000, then-State Security Court (DGM) prosecutor Nuh Mete YÃ¼ksel launched a case against him on charges of establishing an illegal organization, but he was eventually acquitted after eight years. Upon appeal, the General Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals upheld the acquittal.