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Religion & Public Life With Mark Silk

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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