In a speech on the role of religion in U.S. diplomacy, Secretary of State John Kerry slammed "despicable" efforts to "smear" Muslims "collectively for the actions of a few."
Kerry stressed in a "disclaimer" near the beginning of his address at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy event that "the State Department is a secular institution and that, from its founding, the United States has maintained a formal separation, obviously, between church and state, and nothing that we're doing seeks to or does cross any of those lines."
"This means that in our foreign policy, we don't advocate on behalf of any particular set of religious beliefs or express a preference for one faith over another -- or even for religious belief over non-belief. But this doesn't mean that religion is irrelevant to our approach to world affairs, and particularly in this globalized, different world we are living in today," he said.
The Yale grad added that "if I had a chance to go back to college all over again, one of the subjects I would absolutely like to study is comparative religion."
"Religion today remains deeply consequential, affecting the values, the actions, the choices, the worldview of people in every walk of life on every continent and, obviously, also here at home," he said. "It is a part of what drives some to initiate war, others to pursue peace; some to organize for change, others to cling desperately to old ways, resist modernity; some to reach eagerly across the borders of nation and creed, and others to build higher and higher walls separating one group from the next."
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