Trump Picks Sam Brownback as International Religious Freedom Ambassador

President makes his nomination much faster than President Obama.

Today the White House announced that Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas will be nominated as America’s next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

“Religious freedom is the first freedom. The choice of what you do with your own soul,” he tweeted. “I am honored to serve such an important cause.”

If confirmed, Brownback would follow in the footsteps of previous ambassadors-at-large David Saperstein and Suzan Johnson Cook.

Brownback has governed Kansas since 2011, after representing the Sunflower State in the US Senate (1996-2011) and US House of Representatives (1995-1996). He cosponsored 1998’s International Religious Freedom Act, which was significantly expanded by President Barack Obama last December.

Russell Moore praised Brownback as “an outstanding choice.”

“This ambassadorship is a key piece in our nation’s responsibility to act on behalf of the persecuted around the world, one that requires a seasoned, respected leader who brings conviction and gravity to the work of this crucial post,” said the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. “Governor Brownback is exactly this kind of leader. While in the Senate, Brownback was heroic on the crisis in Darfur, in dealing with AIDS in Africa and advocating on behalf of persecuted religious minorities. He will be an exceptional Ambassador.

“He has my prayers and pledge of full cooperation, and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead,” Moore continued. “We need all the diplomatic and intellectual power we can muster in addressing these critical matters of human rights and global security. I urge the Senate to confirm …

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from Simon Cox Blog http://feeds.christianitytoday.com/~r/christianitytoday/ctmag/~3/iQfNTBUJdvw/sam-brownback-ambassador-international-religious-freedom.html

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