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State Department to open an office of “religious engagement”

In her 1969 essay “On Violence,” Hannah Arendt described bureaucracy as government by an intricate system in which no one person can be held responsible, the “rule by Nobody.” Atheism, then, would be the view that it’s bureaucracy all the way up. Now a movement within the U.S. State Department perceives atheism—or at least de facto secularism—going all the way up the diplomatic bureaucracy. And it aims to change that.

Today the State Department announced that Shaun Casey, professor of Christian Ethics, will run a new office that will “focus on engagement with faith-based organizations and religious institutions around the world to strengthen U.S. development and diplomacy and advance America’s interests and values.”

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