US diplomacy ramps up focus on religion

“State Dept. tries to raise visibility of religion” © 2011 Religion News Service. Used by permission. July 20, 2011

Often accused of ignoring religion as they craft foreign policy, the White House and State Department are trying to show that religion is a rising priority for US diplomacy.

The most recent case in point: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Istanbul [July 15] promoted a new US-backed international agreement to protect freedom of speech and religion, an accord described by her department as a “landmark” change.

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