How successful were Fethullah Gülen and the JWF platforms in bringing people from different backgrounds together?
Fethullah Gülen and the JWF platforms succeeded in their aim of bringing different segments of society together for the common good. This was in contrast to those who divide and keep people in their different camps in tense opposition.
People – from left to right politically, from observant Muslims to ardent secularists, from elder statesmen to ordinary citizens, and from ordinary members to leaders of the non-Muslim communities in Turkey – came together in beginning to question the recent past, to see a different reality, and to become open to change and renewal. For example, Armenian Patriarch Mutafian said: “People who shared the same religion could not get together in this country [Turkey] until recent times. Now people from different religions come together at the same dinner. The person to thank for this development is Fethullah Gülen and the Journalists and Writers Foundation of which he is the honorary president. We followed the path opened by him.”
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