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Published: Sun, July 30, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump Taps Kansas' Brownback for At-Large Ambassadorship

Trump Taps Kansas' Brownback for At-Large Ambassadorship

Amid the many challenges bedeviling the State Department, President Donald Trump's choice of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as ambassador at large for global religious freedom is a welcome development. "It's freedom of religion for all faiths".

Before taking office, Brownback must first be confirmed by the Senate.

Bishop Oscar Cantú, head of the US bishops committee on worldwide justice and peace, expressed support for the law ina 2016 letter to lawmakers, highlighting religious freedom abuses in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Colyer would serve the remainder of Brownback's term, which ends in January 2019. "He said "hang in there, stay with it. Let's keep working"'".

Wolf said Brownback's appointment will raise the profile of the post and bring more attention to religious freedom concerns. "Gov. Brownback is exactly this kind of leader", Moore said. "Our prayers are with him".

Brownback first became governor in 2011 and won reelection, not ever shying away from his anti-LGBT beliefs.

After the announcement Brownback tweeted, "Religious Freedom is the first freedom".

Brownback's nomination was also praised by numerous evangelical leaders. I was one of the congressional staff authors of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, the law that created the ambassador position, and recall well how helpful then-Senator Brownback was to our lead sponsors, Senators Don Nickles and Joe Lieberman, in passing the law.

After the White House confirmed Brownback's nomination as Ambassador at for International Religious Freedom, rumors began to circulate that the governor had resigned. "Brownback-to-serve-as-ambassador?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP">wrote.

One of the Senate's strongest proponents of religious freedom, Senator James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), is applauding Brownback's selection. However, Johnson Cook proved to be a controversial choice and later resigned, providing a "sense of hope" among advocates at a second chance. The position has been vacant for 7 months after Rabbi David Saperstein resigned.

"Protecting and promoting religious freedom is a foreign policy priority of this administration", the vice president said, tying the issue to what he called "the cancer of terrorism", which he promised the Trump administration would "drive from the face of the earth".

Compounding the issue was the state's Supreme Court rulings on K-12 education funding, which forced the Legislature to increase funding while it was continuously looking for places to cut. "Promoting religious freedom for all around the world is a mission that has garnered broad bipartisan support". CT will update this blog as more reactions come in. "He was the singular champion for advancing religious freedom and human dignity while in the U.S. Senate where he was the chairman of the Helsinki Commission and authored the North Korea Human Rights Act, which is now law". In 2010, Brownback was elected governor of Kansas.

"As an evangelist, it's my privilege to freely share the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout our country, and it is the privilege of those who hear to respond". He mentioned his efforts overseas to help people persecuted for their faiths.

"Sam Brownback's commitment to Kansas is admirable and he has served our state and country honorably". Religious persecution across the globe is vast and growing fast. I commend the president for making a brilliant decision and I call upon Congress to expedite this, and all of the president's outstanding appointments'.

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