As Secretary Kerry said a the roll-out for The State Department's Office of Faith Based Initiatives, 'We ignore the role of religion at our peril'
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Clearly, religion has provided a shared language for leaders and the public throughout American history. Preston believes it is a "missing link, a vital but unrecognized part of the story."
Reducing suffering and improving lives in the world's poorest communities has represented, since WWII, the finest facet of American foreign policy and a true measure of American public compassion.
As we watch the events unfold in Africa over the next eight weeks, keep a careful eye on the shifting national and religious identities -- and the rhetoric that masks and reveals them.
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