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…