Turkey: Gülen is not a Freemason, Grand Lodge in Turkey states

The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Turkey has denied reports published by pro-government media that claim that U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen is a Freemason.

On March 30, daily Yeni Şafak published putative documents from the lodge dated between 1972 and 1976, allegedly showing Freemason invitations to Gülen. Another alleged document states that Gülen would be decorated with a medal at a Freemason ceremony.

“It has been unanimously decided that our brother, Muhammed Fetullah Gülen, who contributed with new ideas each Tuesday evening or afternoon, will be decorated with a medal of gratification,” said the document, complete with stains ostensibly showing the announcement’s age.

The association representing the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Turkey also denied the report late March 30. “M. Fethullah Gülen is not a member [of the association] and has never been, contrary to what has been claimed in some reports,” the statement said.

Stressing that the association “recognizes any masonic authority as its superior or equal abroad or at home,” the statement also noted that “the public authority” oversees all its activities according to laws.

According to the statement, the alleged document reads the “Grand Lodge of Masons in Turkey,” but the association has never carried the name in its history…

  • DMB

    Personally I dislike any organization that works in secrecy and also holds secret meetings since it usually means they have something to hide. Unless it involves national security which I still do have some reservations about that. Private groups in a free society should be allowed to do that as long as they have no influence in government or tax dollars are involved. If any religion were to hold secret meetings most people would conclude it was a cult. My view is most people join groups like the Freemasons or Shiners as a form of social elevation as in building personal relationships with potentially or currently influential people for career advancement or improve their social statues. These people would be the minority as for the majority they would join a private golf and country club to achieve the same goal without the bizarre rituals involved.

    • Frau Katze

      They’re pretty harmless, from all I’ve heard.

    • Frau Katze

      Mozart joined the Freemasons and wrote an opera about it: The Magic Flute. (He wrote the music, not the story, of course)..

      • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

        So did my grandfather and a huge supporter of his town. And he lived among/with English, French, Scottish and Jewish. People still remember him and he wasn’t evil he was a good man.

      • disqus_W6sfZCiOd8

        The Magic Flute is one heck of an opera.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It won’t be long before the pro-government media claim that Gulen has converted to Judaism.

    • Frau Katze

      I’m surprised that charge hasn’t already been made!