Open Doors CEO appointed to religious freedom commission

May 16, 2022 by Christopher Summers in General

Open Doors is excited to announce that Dr. David Curry, Open Doors’ President and CEO, has been appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze and report on religious freedom abroad.

“I was just in East Africa, and witnessed firsthand the intolerance experienced by religious minorities,” Dr. David Curry said. “The United States government has a role to play in encouraging and supporting religious freedom around the world, and I look forward to helping USCIRF as it advises the government in that role. I covet your prayers as I serve on this Commission, for both me and my fellow Commissioners—that we would help make a difference so that everyone, regardless of faith or non-faith, can live their lives in peace.

“In too many countries today, exercising the fundamental right to practice one’s faith comes at a terrible price,” Curry said. “People everywhere should have freedom to worship and live out their religious convictions peacefully without fear of governments, extremists or cultural pressure. I’m honored to serve on this bipartisan commission.”

USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and/or leadership of both political parties in the Senate and House of Representatives, and make foreign policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief.

Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and Open Doors USA Senior Fellow, Sam Brownback, said, “These appointments could not come at a better time. Religious freedom is a right that belongs to everyone, everywhere, all the time, and it’s a right that is constantly under attack. USCIRF plays a key role in reporting to Congress and the Administration on violations of religious freedom around the world, and in making policy recommendations to address these violations.”

Please pray for David Curry and the other commissioners as they make decisions and recommendations. Pray that:

  • USCIRF would be committed to the flourishing of all people of all faiths, including Christians
  • The work of the Commission would contribute to the flourishing of peoples’ freedom around the world
  • The U.S. government would take seriously the recommendations of USCIRF and would act accordingly to encourage religious liberty all over the globe