So Brownback will be the ambassador for religious freedom. What's that?

Posted July 28, 2017

There has been mixed reaction to the announcement that Kansas Governor Sam Brownback will be nominated as an ambassador for religious freedom. Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle hailed Brownback as a "good fit" for the position. "I am honoured to serve such an important cause", Brownback wrote on Twitter. The choice of what you do with your own soul.

Rodriguez added: 'By appointing a sitting governor, this administration has elevated the importance of the position within the Department of State and has sent a powerful signal to the world that the United States is serious about preserving and defending the religious liberties of all believers.

Rabbi David Saperstein, a prominent Reform movement activist who was the Obama administration's envoy until January, also prasied the choice.

"I think he would be more open to work with the Kansas legislature than Governor Brownback who was in his final term".

Brownback is presently the second-least popular governor in the United States, behind New Jersey Gov.

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Brownback became a leader on human rights when he was in the U.S. Senate, during which time he visited Darfur, Sudan, and reported back that the region was seeing a genocide.

The Office of International Religious Freedom is housed within the State Department. He previously served as a U.S. Senator and a U.S. Representative in the House of Representatives.

The Kansas Democratic Party said it is not encouraged at the prospect of working with Colyer as governor.

"(Gov. Brownback) has always been a fighter for the persecuted - will be tireless, effective Ambassador for International Religious Freedom", Sen.

Brownback is expected to speak during a news conference Thursday afternoon in Topeka.

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Sam Brownback will remain the governor of Kansas - for now.

As for Brownback's next gig, The New Republic's Sarah Jones explained that the Kansas Republican is ill-suited for his new role, too.

"Brownback leaving is by no means a saving grace for Kansans".

Previous ambassadors have been religious leaders or heads of nongovernmental organizations, said Wolf, who now serves as a distinguished senior fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a Christian nonprofit in Washington.

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Aaron Estabrook, executive director of the Save Kansas Coalition, which has criticized Mr. Brownback and advocated political moderation, said he was "relieved" to know the governor was moving on. 'We do not wish him upon the world'.