Religious outreach at the State Department in flux under Trump administration

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  • Church member North Salt Lake, UT
    March 20, 2017 10:26 a.m.

    The sooner we can escape the ills caused by religion the better off the world will be. Think of all the wars, conflicts, fighting, etc....that religion has caused. So sad.

  • moresureword Maple Grove, MN
    March 20, 2017 3:52 a.m.

    “Religion has played an increasing role in U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy over the last 15 years . … ‘The Trump administration should recognize the value of religious voices in foreign-policy debates by protecting funding for religion-related positions and filling vacancies at the State Department . …’”

    Religion, including Christianity and Mormonism, has done more to divide us, rather than to unite us.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    March 19, 2017 6:28 a.m.

    @ antodav

    "Given the intense hostility of liberal Democrats towards religious freedom..."

    Could you please point to the place(s) in the article that supports this because I apparently missed it. I could've sworn this article talked almost exclusively about the efforts of a liberal, Democratic administration to promote religious outreach and understanding. I also could've sworn that it expresses a concern that the current "conservative" administration appears to dismiss the importance of such efforts.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 18, 2017 2:53 p.m.

    Antodav, this liberal loves the idea. Your're correct, this appears to overstep the line between church and state and is well beyond what the mandate should be for the State department. Go trump!

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    March 18, 2017 7:21 a.m.

    State under Bush II started, and Obama State expanded and further supported, outreach and focus to global religious groups.

    Trump rode in to office on the votes and with the support of the evangelical, fundamentalist, and radical right religious demographics. They are overtly hostile to any and all religious freedoms that are not theirs - of course they want State to gut outreach programs to Muslims and Jews and other religions, just like they want State to gut efforts to protect LGBT people.

    Liberals are just as horrified at this move as we are the other actions Trump is taking to harm the vulnerable - the old, the disabled, the sick, and now religious people.

    The Religious Right has a list of groups they want targeted. The people in Utah would be advised to see if they - and their church - are on the list of disapproved list.

    Currently Utah Republicans are useful... when other "enemies" are eliminated will their usefulness continue?

    Or will they be useful as a political target of religious groups that have targeted them in the past?

  • antodav Tampa, FL
    March 17, 2017 8:57 p.m.

    Given the intense hostility of liberal Democrats towards religious freedom and any collusion whatsoever between church and state, even if it is for the greater good, you'd think they'd be in favor of this measures. But they can't be caught dead supporting anything that Trump does. What would the neighbors think?