Wednesday, August 21, 2013

US State Department Office of Religious Engagement?

This is a curious bit of news. I should introduce a definition first:

Ethicist: A high-brow intellectual who is paid to praise insanity, condemn good, and spew forth great quantities of shlock rhetoric.  All this must be done with a maximum amount of grand standing.  They are usually employed as professors who spend the majority of their classroom time trying to eliminate any sense of ethical or moral reasoning from their students.

It is right for the state department to try and engage in dialog with various religious groups.  No doubt the CIA is doing this too along with a few other three letter agencies.  The choice for this position is an Ethicist from Wesley Theological Seminary, Shaun Casey, thus, it is safe to say that the State Department has no intention of "Engagement" with Christians.  Perhaps Muslims?  Or maybe they have some other religion in mind?


Max Coutinho said...

Hi Looney,

Thanks for the link: good piece of news.
I would be cautious about lauding this initiative because it depends on what Shaun Casey will do, but above all it will depend on what the State Department is planning to do. I mean, it refuses to acknowledge Boko Haram as a terrorist group and it refuses to acknowledge that it acts based on, I prefer to wait and see.


Rummuser said...


Delirious said...

That's the new state religion. :)

Looney said...

@Max, my general view is that God does everything for the greater good, in spite of the efforts of the ethicists and other western intellectualoids. Checking the name Boko Haram, I suddenly see again how hopeless our news organizations are.

Looney said...

Ah, Scientology. Now things are starting to make some sense. A post-modernist could not possibly engage with classical religions or classical philosophical groups, but perhaps there are some intergalactic religions embraced by aliens. Only a post-modernist could profitably represent the US to these beings.

Max Coutinho said...


I believe in that too; but you know that many times God uses us to give a slight push :).

Only BBC (and maybe Al-Jazeera) talks about Boko Haram: even Portugal, I doubt it that half the population even knows who the group is, because the news never speak of them.

Have a blessed weekend :D.