Joshua Keating wrote: It seems highly dubious that an American evangelical Christian would be a member of a Muslim religious organization.
...â€śThat seems to me to say that they are linked,â€ť Todd Nettleton, of the group the Voice of the Martyrs, which advocates for imprisoned Christians, told me. â€śNobody has said it publicly, but certainly with the answer the prime minister gave, it raises the question that at least in the minds of the Turkish government there are links between the two cases.â€ť Heil has also expressed worry that Brunson is being held as a kind of hostage for Gulen.
...Still, Gulenâ€™s return is a major priority for Erdoganâ€™s government. Whether or not the two cases are directly related, the lack of progress on the Gulen issue could put Turkish leaders in a lesscooperative mood.