Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

No experience required

seems to be the philosophy of the Obama administration when it comes to
its top religion jobs. Joshua DuBois, head of the Office of Faith-Based
and Neighborhood Partnerships, had no background in social service
provision. The ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz, came to his
position with a background in academic theology, not diplomacy. And then
there’s Suzan Johnson Cook, just renominated
to serve as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom
with nothing more than a reputation for lively preaching and
motivational speaking.

Maybe experience is overrated. And maybe
the Obamaites want to make sure that no one carrying a religion
portfolio is in a position to pull a DiIulio on them.

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posted February 9, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Back in the 90’s President Clinton appointed Boston Mayor Ray Flynn as Ambassador to the Holy See. He didn’t have any diplomatic experience either, so I don’t think this is unique to the Obama administration.

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posted February 10, 2011 at 6:09 am

True enough, but Flynn was an experienced politician, an old hand at dealing with powers and principalities, long accustomed to operating in the public sphere.

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posted February 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

Good point.

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