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Closing the “God Gap” in US Foreign Policy

From the Washington Post’s On Faith blog:

"American foreign policy is handicapped by a God gap, a narrow, ill-informed and "uncompromising Western secularism" that feeds religious extremism, threatens traditional cultures, and fails to engage and encourage religious groups that promote peace, human rights and the general welfare of their communities. That’s the conclusion of the independent Chicago Council on Global Affairs‘ two-year study of religion’s role (or lack of it) in American foreign policy."

Notre Dame professor and Tanenbaum Religion and Conflict Resolution Program Advisory member Scott Appleby discusses the report here.

Tanenbaum has long been a proponent of bringing local religious peacebuilders into the diplomatic arena – there are few people more qualified to help close the "God gap," than these hard-working men and women who risk their lives to preserve their communities. They have the trust and the ear of their communities, and engaging them should be a critical step in closing down the gap.

You can read the full report here.