Rabbi David Saperstein Nominated as New Religious Freedom Ambassador

Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by Rabbi David Saperstein, nominated to become ambassador at large for international religious freedom at the State Department, left, and Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, right, speaks at the State Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP)
Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by Rabbi David Saperstein, nominated to become ambassador at large for international religious freedom at the State Department, left, and Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, right, speaks at the State Department in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP)

President Obama on Monday announced a long-waited nominee for the job of “religious freedom” ambassador, after the post sat vacant for nine months.

Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, was chosen for the position of ambassador at large for international religious freedom, which is subject to Senate confirmation.

Secretary of State John Kerry also introduced him at a press briefing late Monday morning, saying that religious freedom is an “integral part of our global diplomatic engagement.”

The post, however, has been problematic for the Obama administration since the beginning. The post, which was created for the purpose of promoting and defending religious freedom around the world, initially sat vacant for two years until it was filled by Suzan Johnson Cook in 2011. But Cook left in October, creating a vacancy at a time when religious persecution — particularly in the Middle East — was flaring abroad.

Kerry, in releasing the State Department’s latest report on religious freedom, cited Islamist militants’ recent demand that Iraqi Christians convert, pay a tax, or face execution. The report itself said millions have been forced to flee their homes because of religious beliefs.

Despite a bipartisan call to focus on religious freedom, Saperstein is a controversial pick in some circles.

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SOURCE: FOX News

One thought on “Rabbi David Saperstein Nominated as New Religious Freedom Ambassador

  1. Kerry, in launching the State Department’s newest review on spiritual independence, mentioned Islamist militants’ recent demand that Iraqi Christian believers turn, pay a tax, or face performance. The review itself said large numbers have been compelled to leave their houses because of faith. Incinerador de Grasa

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