Sunday, October 26, 2003

US: religious groups and foreign policy

Interesting NY Times article on the influenece evangelical Christians wield in the Bush Jr. White House.

It's really nothing new ... but it's an interesting article nonetheless. The gist of the article is as follows ...

Evangelicals see the war in Sudan as a fight btween the Muslim North and mainly Christian South. They spoke to folks in the WH about their concerns and a few years later ... Powell is in Kenya talking to the two parties in the Sudanese peace talks.

The other issues important to the evangelicals are sex trafficking (which Bush focused on in a UN speech) and AIDS.
The groups were also influential in the development of the president's commitment to fight global AIDS, particularly the part of the policy based on Uganda's A.B.C. campaign, which promotes, in order, abstinence, being faithful and condoms.