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In his three-decade career, Alamo Christian Ministries leader Tony Alamo has spewed anti-Catholic venom, threatened a U.S. District Court judge, and served time in federal prison for tax evasion. That kind of track record would make most public officials—especially officials in charge of fostering interreligious harmony—wary of the fundamentalist leader. But not the director of D.C.’s Office of Religious Affairs, whose letter to the ministry appears on the front-page of a recent edition of Alamo’s World Newsletter. “I appreciate the insightful thoughts and the positive information [the newsletter] displays about Christian life,” the Rev. Donald Robinson writes on D.C. government stationery. “In the name of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to keep reaching out to faith communities in the U.S. and throughout the world. Meanwhile, continue to spread the Word and the work of God, you’re having a great impact.”

—Elissa Silverman