WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — President Trump has appointed one of the most pro-life and pro-natural marriage advocates to an ambassadorship designed to protect the rights of religious people the world over.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is Trump’s pick for a religious persecution watchdog post called “Ambassador for Religious Freedom.” Brownback will lead the Office of International Religious Freedom, under the State Department, which monitors how people of religion are treated across the globe.
The post was created in 1998 to promote religious liberty as “a core objective of U.S. foreign policy.” Since then, an ever-increasing stream of Christians have fled Muslim countries, such as Iraq, and countries under Communism, such as China, because of widespread persecution.
Brownback has been an outspoken proponent of religious freedom domestically, defending the right of Christians and others of faith to live out their beliefs.
In 2016, Brownback signed the Campus Religious Freedom Bill that allows Christian groups or any religious student group to have membership standards consistent with the group’s religious affiliation. He also signed laws protecting clergy who disagree with gender ideology, or choose not to solemnize same-sex “marriages.”
As a congressman in 1996, Brownback voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman. The bill was signed into law by then-president Bill Clinton.
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