Harun Yahya: Jews, Jews, Masons, Jews

We posted a piece recently about creationist spammer Adnan Oktar aka “Harun Yahya”. His biography page provides a wealth of interesting information about the mysterious Turkish author. For example:

Adnan Oktar was first arrested and imprisoned, then transferred to the Bakirkoy Mental Hospital on the grounds of being mentally unhealthy and placed under observation in ward 14A, poorly maintained, filthy, and used to house the most dangerous inmates. Ward 14A could be entered only by passing through a number of locked iron doors, since killings among patients were viewed as nothing out of the ordinary. Adnan Oktar was chained to his bed by his ankles for six weeks and forcibly given drugs blurring consciousness. Young colleagues who managed to visit him witnessed that he had lost none of his determination and enthusiasm. Postgraduate students, nurses and even doctors were prohibited from seeing him, out of concerns that he would turn them to Islamic moral values.

And:

Again in mid-1991, certain circles made uneasy by his cultural activities made him the target of a conspiracy. At the time, he was preparing a most important manuscript on the history of Freemasonry and world-wide Masonic organizations. Police, searching the home he shared with his mother in Istanbul’s Ortakoy district, discovered a packet of cocaine in the very first book they opened-in a library of some 2,000 books!

Adnan Oktar was immediately detained in Izmir where he was together with a few friends, then transferred to the Istanbul Security Directorate, and after 62 hours, was sent to the Forensic Medicine Institution for drug testing. It was announced that Adnan Oktar’s blood showed a high level of a cocaine by-product.

However, all the evidence submitted later showed that this was nothing more than slander; and that the cocaine allegedly found in Adnan Oktar’s library was part of this conspiracy. Shortly before the arrest, he had felt that secret moves against him were afoot.

All very strange given this is what he has published on his own website.

His creationist material is bad enough but it’s when he writes about religion that things become just plain weird. For example, in Allah Is Known Through Reason, Yahya writes:

The materialistic and anti-religionist ideas that increasingly developed in the years that followed the French Revolution reached their peak in the 19th century. When we look at the leaders of this movement, we again come across freemasonry.

In addition, it is also worth noting that there were many Jews among these figures. This demonstrates that Jews who, in alliance with masons, strive to enfeeble Divine religions such as Christianity and Islam and hold the materialist world view, serve the same purpose on philosophical grounds.

He goes on to write about a number of famous philosophers, sociologists and historical figures:

When we look at the history of philosophy, we see that there are many other atheist and anti-religionist philosophers who are distinguished by virtue of their masonic identity. Among them are thinkers like David Hume, Holbach, Schelling, John Stuart Mill, Auguste Comte, the Marquis de Sade and sociologists like Emile Durkheim, Ferdinand Tönnies, Herbert Spencer, Sigmund Freud, Henry Bergson and Erich Fromm. All of them are of Jewish origin and all of them strove to turn people away from religion and to establish a social and moral order that was completely irreligious. It should go without saying that Charles Darwin and his views enjoyed a very special position among these figures.

And it should also go without saying that Harun Yahya comes across like anti-semitic creationist crank.

Update: Sunni Sister writes about Harun Yahya’s Jewish-Freemasonic conspiracy theorising:

I tried to read one of his science oriented books online a few days ago (about the Creation of the Earth). Today, I’ve gone back and read a few more and read some of his political books, but last week, I gave up my reading b/c he was talking about materialism and other anti-religious philosophies and how it was all the invention of such “Jews” as the Marquis de Sade. Who was many things, but not a Jew. Ditto with David Hume, Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, Friedrich Schelling, Ferdinand Toennies… need I go on? But according to him, they’re all “of Jewish origin,” as if that is something sinister.

20 comments ↓

#1 LDU on 07.24.07 at 11:53 pm

Why is it that you label this author an “anti-semitic crank” because he raises his concerns regarding people who happen to be of the Jewish faith?

In those quotes on display he doesn’t say that Judaism is evil, or Jews are bad because they’re Jews. So which part of the text makes him anti semite?

#2 Thomas Embling on 07.25.07 at 12:10 am

He is using “Jew” as a pejorative throughout this article. He paints freemasonry as a global conspiracy to destroy religion and enslave mankind and then he links the Jews to it.

This is pure antisemitism.

He mentions the religion of the people he opposes in order to smear them. Hume and Mill were not Jews but he accuses them of having “Jewish origin” as that alone is enough to confirm they are evil or part of the global freemasonic conspiracy.

#3 Steve on 07.25.07 at 12:33 am

The definition of a Jew used to be someone who was Jewish but looking at Harun’s list, a Jew is someone he doesn’t agree with.

How popular is this stuff with Muslims?

#4 SLR5000 on 07.25.07 at 1:11 am

The reason this is antisemitic is because he lists people he thinks are bad and then gratuitously mentions their race and religion. Think about it this way, it’s like if there were crime reports in the news and whenever the person was an Arab or Muslim, they singled them out by mentioning their race and religion even when it was not a factor in the crime.

#5 sami on 07.25.07 at 8:24 am

Harun Yahya is not an anti-semitic. But he criticise anti-sionism.
One of his website is devoted to this subject.

http://www.islamdenouncesantisemitism.com/

#6 David on 07.25.07 at 8:40 am

He should start off by removing the antisemitism from his own books then.

The guy is obviously a nutter and his antisemitism is just one example of that. Jewish conspiracies go with masonic conspiracy stuff like Porgy goes with Bess or like fish goes with chips.

I mean a quick google shows the guy believes September 11 was the result of teaching evolution schools and, “the way to stop acts of terrorism is to put an end to Darwinist-materialist education, to educate young people in accord with a curricula based on true scientific findings and to instil in them the fear of God and the desire to act wisely and scrupulously.”

I find it hard to believe that any educated person can accept this bunk.

#7 Club Troppo » Missing Link (delayed, again) on 07.25.07 at 11:41 am

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#8 LDU on 07.25.07 at 2:10 pm

I don’t think the word “anti-semitism” should be used as liberally as it is being used today.

Criticising Israel, Judaism or the Jewish people doesn’t tantamount to anti semitism. What i think is anti semitism, is hating Jews merely because they’re Jews (if i despise Frank Lowy simply because he is Jewish, that will make me an anti semite), and this isn’t conveyed in those quotes presented.

People should be able to scrutinise any people, ideology or religion without being intimidated with the “anti-semitism” luggage.

#9 Eudaemonion on 07.26.07 at 12:53 am

I’m not in agreement with you on this LDU. I much prefer the word to be flung around so much so as to render its power impotent, and its impact immaterial. Maybe Dershowitz would oblige and fling it a few more times at Professor Finklestein as well; the Holocaust denying, Israeli hating, anti-semetic Jew that he is.

#10 Cinna on 07.26.07 at 9:26 pm

The evidence that Yahya is antisemitic is the fact that he lists many people who weren’t jews and claims that “All of them are of Jewish origin and all of them strove to turn people away from religion “as if there is some connection between these factors. Only an antisemite would decide that people are jewish because he doesn’t like what they say. The claim that they all tried to turn people away from religion is as false as the claim that they were all jewish, incidentally.

#11 David on 07.26.07 at 9:36 pm

Yahya says they were atheists (so they didn’t even believe in Judaism according to him), and they tried to turn people away from religion. Therefore, when he points out they were Jewish he is describing their race not their religion. How on earth can anyone say that this isn’t racist?

Yahya is mentioning their race because he believes that their trickery and wickedness was partly due to them having Jewish blood pumping through their veins. That’s textbook antisemitism.

#12 Bill Warren on 01.13.08 at 3:52 pm

Most of the Enlightenment and Rationalist figures
mentioned could have been Masons but definitely not Jews.
I am trying to refind the name the authoress of a French language
antisemitic attack on De Sade. She is something of a
Celtomaniac and while not ruling out possible Jewish
ancestry she tries to attribute a Semitic race psychology to De Sade based on alleged Moorish
nobility among his ancestors in Savoy.

#13 Saifuddin on 01.14.08 at 3:21 pm

BismillaharRahmanirRahim

as-salaamu ‘alaikum. The Young Turks actions in the aftermath of the French Revolution is not a “theory”, this is history.

-Saifuddin

#14 Cinna on 01.15.08 at 12:54 am

The Young Turks’ actions- whatever they were- were over a hundred years after the French Revolution, so they certainly weren’t directly inspired by it. That’s apart from the fact that they weren’t jewish.

#15 touchstone on 01.15.08 at 8:20 pm

I tried to read one of Yahya’s books a few weeks ago, and I couldnt get past the first page. It was honestly no more than a vomit-inducing rant, with no objectivity whatsoever.

#16 truthseeker on 01.17.08 at 7:31 pm

Just because Harun Yahya was talking and presenting Islam as a solution to all the problems everybody is keen to write off him with such nonsense. It’s just the thing you don’t like means it’s nothing but bullshit. Right?!

#17 Cinna on 01.19.08 at 6:49 am

Harun Yahya’s claims about freemasons and jews aren’t nothing but bullshit.
They’re lies.

#18 Adrien on 01.22.08 at 5:48 pm

Why is it that you label this author an “anti-semitic crank” because he raises his concerns regarding people who happen to be of the Jewish faith?

In those quotes on display he doesn’t say that Judaism is evil, or Jews are bad because they’re Jews. So which part of the text makes him anti semite?

One could say the same about the various anti-Muslim rants being fired about the place. They don’t actually say Islam is evil or that Muslims are bad, but…..

And the Marquis de Sade was Jewish? Come on.

#19 svend on 01.27.08 at 3:58 am

Harun Yahya is a bigot, hack and fraud. The lack of objectivity, rigor and simple intelligence leap off every page of his tracts.

The depressing thing is how strongly his schlock evidently appeals to the masses in Muslim societies.

Simplistic ideas and conspiracy theories sell everywhere. Just look at all the fevered crap being shoveled about Islam in American bookstores these days.

#20 sean on 10.23.09 at 6:11 pm

“The Young Turks’ actions- whatever they were- were over a hundred years after the French Revolution, so they certainly weren’t directly inspired by it. That’s apart from the fact that they weren’t jewish.”

Actually a large number of the Young Turks were descendents of Shabbatai Zvi followers who fused Judaism and Islam.

Yahya is an utter twat and it beggars belief that anyone can take him seriously. American evangelists love the guy. Need I say more?

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