|Seiple is not a seasoned diplomat, sensitive to other cultures and
religions as would be expected for the post. He was for eleven years
the head of World Vision, the largest privately funded relief and
development organization in the world, which is a Christian charity
and connected to various missionary activities.
Seiple was a former President of Eastern Baptist
Theological Seminary. He is a Christian missionary, which on the
Protestant side is dominated by the Baptists. A person with such a
background is obviously inappropriate for the role that he was
given, which would be like giving it to a Catholic priest.
Itreflects an American religious bias not a diplomatic sensitivity
and objectivity. Not surprisingly, his report on religious freedom
highlights oppression of Christians but ignores oppression
perpetrated by Christians, as if Christian groups were entirely
innocent of wrong doing anywhere!
Such major Christian
organizations are only interested in a religious freedom that allows
them to denigrate other beliefs and convertpeople. They are
unwilling to recognize, much less apologize for the bloody history
of missionary activity. And if you question them, they will try to
turn you into the one who is intolerant about religion, even if you
accept the validity of many paths!