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Sam Brownback May Not Be in Kansas Anymore…

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If there’s one thing President Trump has excelled at, it’s hiring the right people for the right jobs. Yesterday, he added another solid pick to seven months of them, nominating Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) to a post that will become a crucial one in the fight for the persecuted church: ambassador-at-large for religious freedom. As someone who’s known Sam for years, I can say he is perfectly suited for the job — which has never been more important than it is now, as faith is under fire in so many places around the world.

As FRC’s Travis Weber pointed out, the ambassador-at-large post was created by legislation back in 1998 with the purpose of addressing religious freedom problems around the world, but it’s seen limited success in shaping foreign policy in a comprehensive manner. The Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, signed into law just last December, revised the job, making it a direct report to State Secretary Rex Tillerson. This change (and others) should make whoever is in the role more effective. When it’s someone of Governor Brownback’s stature, we will have a real opportunity to see religious freedom significantly shape foreign policy.

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