Kmiec's Gospel Falls Flat at State Department
Burke, Daniel, The Christian Century
The State Department has a "rigidly narrow" view of diplomacy that neglects religion's role in foreign affairs, a prominent ambassador charged as he announced his resignation in mid-April.
Other foreign-policy experts have another name for it: Religion Avoidance Syndrome. And the departure of Douglas Kmiec as ambassador to Malta, they say, is symptomatic of a long-standing God gap in American foreign policy.
Kmiec, a Catholic legal scholar who helped shape an intellectual framework for President Obama's outreach to Catholics during the 2008 campaign, was slammed in a recent State Department report for spending too much time writing about religion.
His focus …
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Publication information: Article title: Kmiec's Gospel Falls Flat at State Department. Contributors: Burke, Daniel - Author. Magazine title: The Christian Century. Volume: 128. Issue: 10 Publication date: May 17, 2011. Page number: 15+. © 2009 The Christian Century Foundation. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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