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Democracy allows citizens to participate equally in the process of political self-determination. In its ideal form, democracy allows individuals to flourish in all dimensions of their lives. We embrace democracy and democratic values such as freedom of expression, freedom of religion, rule of law and equal opportunity.

While Gulen’s teachings are not political in nature, he cherishes democracy as a system of governance in which society can flourish and which enables individuals to maximize their potentials. A devotion to one’s faith need not detract from commitment to one’s country, and Gulen encourages people to take active roles in serving their communities. Individuals inspired by Gulen established media outlets, civic organizations, and think tanks with the goal of educating individuals about the value of democracy and engaging in the free flow of ideas.