How can the US counter religious extremism?

capitol_at_sunset_credit_vgm8383_via_flickr_cc_by_nc_20_cnaDespite secularization in some countries, “the world is becoming more religious” and the United States needs to factor this into its foreign policy, one religious freedom expert said Thursday.

“The reality, whether someone likes it or doesn’t like it, is that the world is becoming more religious, not less religious,” Dr. Robert George, former chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, told CNA in a June 16 interview on Thursday.

This refutes “secularization theory,” the sociological belief that “as modernization moves forward, religion will retreat, as people learn more about science they become less interested in religion,” George explained.  Continue reading…

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