US Dept State Religion

This past week, the US Department of State announced the creationof a new office that ‘will focus on engagement with faith-based organizations and religious institutions around the world to strengthen US development and diplomacy and advance America’s interests and values.’ Citing widespread religious persecution and violence overseas, proponents of the new office of ‘religious engagement’ hope to further institutionalize an official US commitment to globalize religious freedom, marginalize extremism, and promote interfaith dialogue and religious tolerance. There is great excitement in some quarters about the prospects for new partnerships among the US government, for the increasingly vast array of sub-contractors that work on its behalf, and for the various faith-based religious and civil society actors and institutions abroad. Yet this initiative also raises concerns regarding the intersection of religious freedom, religious establishment, and foreign policy.

 "Engaging Religion at the Department of State" The Immanent Frame Blog http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/?p=38378 

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