Conversations With America: The Role of Religion in Foreign Policy

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
January 25, 2012

More:Questions Submitted on DipNote | Text TranscriptSuzan Johnson Cook, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, held a conversation with Dr. Chris Seiple, President of the Institute for Global Engagement, on the role of religion in foreign policy. The discussion was moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. Members of the general public were invited to participate by submitting questions on DipNote, some of which were selected for response during the broadcast.

This is the twenty-third installment in the Conversations With America video series coordinated by the Bureau of Public Affairs, in which the State Department's senior leadership hosts conversations online, with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. The discussions provide a candid view of civil society leaders engaging the Department on pressing foreign policy issues and global issues.

View other Conversations With America by following this link and by accessing the Conversations With America video podcasts on Apple iTunes.



January 26, 2012

W.W. writes:

why spiritual believes r so important to society when its extremism brings war and death ? Is the islamic message right for kids? is islamic antisenitism right for future generation? is chinese spritual sovietism the way out for this matter?

Amjad K.
California, USA
January 26, 2012

Amjad K. in California writes:

Madam Ambassador --

Thank you for all your hard work and courage to protect religious freedom all over the world. God bless you for your leadership.

My question:

Several million Ahmadi Muslims are currently excluded from Pakistan's joint electorate and are effectively disenfranchised. They can only vote if they declare themselves to be non-Muslim, which they obviously won't do. We're now hitting the 10-year anniversary of Pakistan's Chief Executive Order (No. 15) that excludes Ahmadi Muslims from the joint electorate. What, if anything, will you do to end this religio-political apartheid?

Warm regards,

Amjad K., Esq.
National Director of Public Affairs
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA

Kambiz K.
January 29, 2012

Kambiz K. in Pakistan writes:

It is a common practice for Pakistani to exhibit anti-Semitic behavior. Sometimes students are encouraged by staff or administration of the educational institutions (when the Jewish staff members or their families are to be targeted). Please remember that Faisal Shezad, the individual behind the New York Time Square Plot, studied in such a school.

Many of these students, then seek admission in US and other western countries. In US, they pose a threat not only to the US homeland security, but also to the Jewish people living there. It is a matter of time a terroristic attack may be carried out by such individuals (causing a loss of Jewish and American lives).

It is requested that educational institutions of Pakistan be required to give a certificate that the applicant did not participate in any anti-Semitic activity. A similar certificate be required from the institution also, that they, their administration, their staff members have not taken any part in anti-Semitic activity. Failure to do so should have repercussions for such schools.

Please help the Jewish people in Pakistan and the Jewish people in US by enforcing this regulation.


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