Top Gülenist figure to US Muslims: Remove your headscarves
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULDec 15, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Dec 15, 2016 12:00 am
The Gülenist brand of modified Islam once again surfaces, this time in Trump-era United States. Abdullah Antepli, a Turkish-American academic accused of being a member of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) suggested Muslim women facing Islamophobic attacks stop wearing the headscarf.
Antepli, who works at Duke University in North Carolina, has voiced his advice to women wearing the headscarf on several occasions over the past weeks. He was apparently drawing inspiration from FETÖ's methods of avoiding suspicion, while infiltrating the army, law enforcement, bureaucracy or any institution in which they sought secrecy about their real identity, that is, a terror cult exploiting religion.
An article in the Washington Post quoting Antepli's address to a group of women at the Islamic Association of Raleigh says he told them to take off their headscarf "at least for a while," under what he called "extraordinary circumstances." "I am not trying to be alarmist but the nation is being sucked into a combustible mix. We have to think unconventionally," Antepli was quoted, in reference to a string of Islamophobic attacks against Muslim women in the United States linked to the rise in support for President-elect Donald Trump, a hated figure among Gülenists who supported his rival Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with Voice of America last year, Antepli said his wife who wears the headscarf and works as a nurse, also faced "disrespect" from her patients, though it is unknown whether he gave the very same advice to his wife.
FETÖ leader Fetullah Gülen, who currently lives in Pennsylvania, was criticized for his remarks describing the headscarf as "a mere detail" in the Islamic faith in an interview in the 1990s amid a witch hunt against conservative Turks that ultimately led to the 1997 coup by the secular military brass. During the witch-hunt, students wearing the headscarf were expelled from schools when they refused to remove it.
Gülenists, blamed for the July 15 coup attempt, worked their way to the top of the staunchly secular army by disguising themselves according to former Gülenists. Senior figures in FETÖ instructed military officers to drink alcohol and get their wives to remove their headscarves to avoid suspicion of their links to the group, which poses as an Islamic movement, former FETÖ members claim.