On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Congressman says religious freedom deserves higher priority

Congressman Wolf

Legislation has been introduced on Capitol Hill requiring President Barack Obama’s administration to give international religious freedom a higher priority.

Congressman Frank Wolf, who authored the 1998 law establishing the office, has proposed an amendment that would give the office’s ambassador-at-large new, direct contact with the Secretary of State as well as greater access to the president’s foreign policy decision-making, reports Stephanie Samuel of the Christian Post.


Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook

Under Wolf’s bill, newly confirmed IRF Ambassador-at-Large Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook would be moved from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor into Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s office.

“Ambassador Cook would also be given oversight and management authority of the IRF Office and other religiously oriented positions and programs at the State Department,” reports Samuel. The Christian Post is an internet newsite.

According to a Pew Research study released in December 2009, one-third of all nations severely restrict religious freedom.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    So if a comment doesn’t agree with your slant you remove it? Pretty cowardly.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment kenneth

    We don’t need a “religious freedom ambassador.” We have a real diplomatic corps who is capable of representing our foreign interests, of which include religious freedom and human rights generally. This entire initiative is another way to try to get our government to act as the agent and enforcer for sectarian evangelical interests.

    Rep. Wolf and his allies such as David Barton of Wall Builders, have no interest in true religious freedom here. Why would they overseas? Barton, who Wolf seems to admire as much as most conservative politicians these days, believes that America was founded by and for Christians and that other faiths have no inherent rights under our Constitution. He has argued that point in recent court cases. This is not about “religious freedom” but rather an attempt to define missionary work as part of our country’s core foreign policy priorities.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mordred08

    The U.S. government doesn’t care about real religious freedom here. Why would they care about it abroad?

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