State Senate Candidate Mark Lynch says an Upstate charter school is “indoctrinating” the teachings of Islam in order to “destroy America,” according to his campaign Facebook page.
The state’s Public Charter School District that oversees Green Charter’s four campuses in Spartanburg, Greenville and Irmo, along with 29 other publicly funded Charter schools, say that they are looking to investigate what’s going on at these schools.
There are two Green Charter Schools in Greenville, one in Spartanburg, and another in Irmo. The Spartanburg school has 234 students. Overall, Green Charter serves 1,459 students.
Lynch claims that it’s also among the roughly 150 charter schools across the nation linked to Fethullah Gülen, a powerful religious leader from Turkey who’s currently wanted on charges that he instigated a failed coup there several years ago.
As a controversial leader of a Muslim cult, Gülen has attracted a number of supporters and followers who have built a worldwide religious, social and nationalistic movement in his name.
Some of those followers have started charter schools across the U.S.
“Green charter schools are Fethullah Gullen (sic) schools that promote Islam and teach our children Sharia law,” Lynch wrote on his on Facebook post. “Their goal is to indoctrinate our children at a young age so that they will convert to Islam. I will always be against Green charter school’s, knowing that they are here to destroy America and Islam is a domestic enemy of America.”