Prof. John Whyte is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science in the Department of Political and International Studies at the University of Regina. He taught law at the Queen’s University Faculty of Law from 1969 to 1997 and served for five years as Dean of Law. He served as the Saskatchewan Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice from 1997 to 2002. His research and publications have focused on constitutional law.

“The only thing I say about Fethullah Gülen is that it’s a great contribution to the whole globe, that a man comes along and says, to young people especially, “your frustration with those who you don’t agree with has lead you to destruction, and death, and purging, and fighting, and that is not going to create the world that you truly, deeply want. The world you want is the world that is good for everyone, and that begins with understanding everyone”.

“The breadth of the initiatives, the physical, material initiatives that he took to improve people’s lives, particularly, of course, in education with young people. A great, not a, not the most novel insight in the world, but nevertheless a great insight, that the working with young people, the encouragement of young people to choose the route of peace as a recipe for a stable and just society is really wonderful.”

“Hizmet Movement is tremendously valuable, especially in North America, and perhaps throughout Europe and all the world, as representing Islam as a religion with a strong spiritual commitment, but not one which condemns people whose spiritual connections, or non-spiritual connections, are otherwise. And that’s, I wish that all religious leaders would adopt the same spirit of acceptance, pluralism, diversity, and interfaith acceptance.”

“As for Hizmet schools in regions of conflict, well, children, I think, can be fairly easily turned away from anger and destruction, hatred and rejection. […] Getting people of different perspectives and different sects and different experiences together in a school, and providing some opportunity for the difference to be recognized, and named, and accepted is a wonderful social enterprise.”