07/27/2017 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) is pleased to announce that President Trump has nominated Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as the next Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. This ambassadorship was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The Ambassador is tasked with leading The Office of International Religious Freedom (IRF) and fulfilling its mission of promoting religious freedom as a core objective of US foreign policy. The IRF office actively monitors religious persecution and discrimination around the world and is responsible for recommending especially egregious violators of religious freedom as “Countries of Particular Concern.”
Sam Brownback has been the governor of Kansas since 2011. Prior to that post, he served as a US senator from 1996-2011 and as a member of the House of Representatives for Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District from 1995-1996. While a member of Congress, he worked actively on the issue of religious freedom in multiple countries and was a key sponsor of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. His record of service and experience in the realm of religious freedom should serve to give him a strong base of knowledge in the execution of his new duties at the State Department. Pending approval by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Mr. Brownback will take up this post effective immediately.
Isaac Six, ICC’s Advocacy Director, stated, “ICC applauds the selection of a strong supporter of religious freedom like Governor Sam Brownback for the post of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. The filling of this vital post sends the right message to the international community that religious freedom is a strong priority for the United States and that we will not turn a blind eye to those who suffer from persecution for their fundamental religious convictions. We look forward to working with Mr. Brownback to further the cause of respect and tolerance for all people of faith around the world.”