President Trump has announced that he will soon assign Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas as his Ambassador-At-Large for Religious Freedom. Sam Brownback is well known for his record on defending religious liberty throughout his career in public service. When he served in the United States Senate, he worked on legislation to defend those abroad who are facing religious persecution. 

 

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President Donald Trump has announced he will appoint Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

The Wednesday evening statement caps weeks of hopeful speculation by advocates who said Brownback would bring unprecedented political muscle to the position.

In his first interview after the announcement, Brownback told WORLD he plans to use his new position to coordinate efforts across the U.S. government and then advance international religious freedom with key partners abroad.

“I don't think we've figured out yet the right way to pursue it internationally,” Brownback said. “Religious freedom is such a hallmark of a forward-thinking nation.”

Brownback, who spent 15 years in the U.S. Senate, helped pass the International Religious Freedom Act that created the ambassador-at-large position in 1998. He said not enough has happened since then: “The level of persecution continues to grow.”

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