On the campaign trail, Donald Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Last Friday, he delivered his Muslim ban.
The State Department yesterday released its annual report on the status of religious freedom around the world. And the results are not particularly encouraging: The report concludes that the right to practice religion (or the lack thereof) freely, and without reprisal, is under threat around the globe.
The State Department’s decision to relocate its mission to the Vatican to its larger Italian embassy has become the Religious Right’s outrage of the month. Officials call it a money-saving move, but fringe commentators rushed to argue it’s an “egregious slap in the face” to American Catholics.
The State Department’s newest office looks to religion for policy solutions.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry formally launched the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, to be headed by Wesley Theological Seminary’s Dr. Shaun Casey.
This morning I met with 15 mostly Muslim scholars from Middle Eastern and African nations. The U.S. Department of State often brings these visitors to America to see the nation up close and promote understanding. If the guests express an interest in learning about the relationship between religion and state, Americans United is added to the agenda.