Yes, yes, yes. Only time will tell how Dr. Sujay will step up to (or falter in) this role, but I have serious reservations about her lack of policy experience. We need people who can bridge the gaps between academia, inspirational spiritual leaders and public policy creators. And it goes much further than the Chicago Council’s vague recommendations for “engagement” (the most overused and ill-defined word when discussing religion in the public sphere). This role takes a level of sophistication and ability to work, almost entirely, in a realm with no answers.
Trent Gilliss, senior editor
“Dr. Sujay’s resumé, with no discernible international policy experience, her close ties to the Clinton administration, and several ill-defined business ventures, suggest that President Obama cares little about supporting religious freedom around the world. … Yet her friend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, lauded her as ‘an experienced religious leader with a passion for human rights and an impressive record of public service.’ Coming from the Secretary of State, that is high praise indeed. Yet praise is not enough to turn a motivational preacher into a cogent, respected ambassador for religious freedom.”