seems to be the philosophy of the Obama administration when it comes to its top religion jobs. Joshua DuBois, head of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, had no background in social service provision. The ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Diaz, came to his position with a background in academic theology, not diplomacy. And then there’s Suzan Johnson Cook, just renominated to serve as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom with nothing more than a reputation for lively preaching and motivational speaking.
Maybe experience is overrated. And maybe the Obamaites want to make sure that no one carrying a religion portfolio is in a position to pull a DiIulio on them.