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The God Wars
Where Is Our Religious Freedom Ambassador?

Anti-semitism is on the rise. Regimes are getting more aggressive in silencing dissent through blasphemy laws. God wars are sprouting up worldwide, cutting across religions, regions, and countries. Assaults on religious freedom across the globe have reached alarming levels. One would think that now more than ever we need a dedicated U.S. official in place to work full-time on this issue. And indeed we do have such a post: the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, created by the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act.

The problem, as the Council on Foreign Relations notes, is that President Obama doesn’t seem to want to fill the position. The first time it became available, Obama didn’t fill it for two years. Now it is once again vacant—and five months have gone by without a nomination. The President is on record supporting global religious freedom. Here’s a chance to prove those words with deeds.

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  • Andrew Allison

    Since it appears that the Administration sees no value in this post, why not simply eliminate it? As an aside, I’m more than a little dubious that other countries would welcome lectures on religious freedom from a US Ambassador any more than the would from the President. As recent events around the world remind us, nobody much cares what the US thinks these days.

    • Jim__L

      In a country where people are legally forced against their conscience to celebrate gay “marriage”, and politicians (like Arizona’s governor) are threatened with reprisals if they sign legislation that actually reflects people’s support for religion against this sort of legal persecution, the surprise would be if anyone took an American “religious freedom” ambassador seriously.

  • gabrielsyme

    Obama picked a fight with Catholics over contraception in order to have an effective electoral wedge issue. While he isn’t about to put padlocks on any churches, it’s fair to conclude he doesn’t care even a little about religious freedom.

  • El Gringo

    Climate change, religious freedoms, gay rights and Palestine. It’s important to have priorities in foreign policy.

  • charlesrwilliams

    This president is a hypocrite. There is no connection between what he says, what he believes and what he does. So he can babble about the importance of religious freedom, do nothing about filling a position that could complicate what he is trying to do in foreign policy and violate the legally protect religious freedom of American citizens.

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