Gov. Brownback Nominated as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

August 9, 2017 by Kristin Wright in

On July 26, 2017, President Trump nominated Kansas Governor Samuel Brownback, a Republican, as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, a crucial role within the U.S. State Department.

At Open Doors USA, we welcome this encouraging news. As David Curry stated in the first few hours after the White House announcement, “This nomination demonstrates a genuine commitment on behalf of the Trump administration to religious freedom around the world. We look forward to working with Gov. Brownback in his new capacity as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.”

At Open Doors USA, we want to say thank you for making your voice heard on this crucial issue!

Recent Open Doors advocacy campaigns signed by thousands have urged the Trump administration to act quickly to fill this post—and that’s one of the reasons why this news is so encouraging.

“While a member of the Senate, [Brownback] worked actively on the issue of religious freedom in multiple countries and was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998,” according to the announcement on the White House website.

As the Senate co-chair of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Brownback worked tirelessly at that time to improve international religious freedom in countries around the globe. During his time in the Senate Brownback also traveled to Sudan, speaking out against the bombing of civilians, and introduced legislation on the horrific lack of human rights in North Korea.

“With religious persecution reaching devastating levels around the world, we urge the Senate to confirm Gov. Brownback for this crucial role as soon as possible,” says Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry. “Given his strong experience on the important issue of international religious freedom, we have confidence that Gov. Brownback will be an important asset and champion.”

Never has this role been more important. With Christians and other religious minorities facing persecution throughout the world, we are so encouraged that once Gov. Brownback is confirmed by the Senate, he will be a strong advocate within the U.S. State Department. We believe he will be able to act quickly and speak effectively on this crucial issue.

Your voice makes a difference for persecuted Christians around the world. Thank you for speaking out!

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