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01-21-2010, 11:50 PM
One Year Later, Obama Administration’s Top Religious Freedom Post Still Vacant
Thursday, January 21, 2010
By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor

(CNSNews.com) – One year after President Obama took office, the administration’s top international religious freedom post remains empty, at a time when a wave of religious persecution is troubling veteran campaigners.

“President Obama has not yet named an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom,” a State Department press officer confirmed by phone late Wednesday. She referred further queries to the White House, where attempts to get comment were unsuccessful.

The Christian advocacy organization Open Doors USA launched a petition Wednesday urging Obama to appoint an ambassador immediately, saying that leaving the position unfilled violated U.S. law.

“By not having an ambassador-at-large for the past 12 months, the U.S. has failed to demonstrate the importance of religious freedom,” said advocacy director Lindsay Vessey.

“And considering the many religious conflicts around the world and the many Christians and people of other faiths who are persecuted for their beliefs, it is disappointing that President Obama has failed to fill this position,” she added.

The petition says it is imperative that the U.S. has an ambassador-at-large and urges the president to appoint, as quickly as possible, “an individual with a proven history of commitment to the promotion of international religious freedom.”

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01-22-2010, 12:05 AM
Watch him appoint a Muslim!

01-22-2010, 12:44 AM
Why do we have an "International Religious Freedom" post to begin with? Government bureaucracy is even bigger than I thought. :confused: