President Donald Trump is garnering praise this week for his decision to declare January 16 as the National Day of Religious Freedom.
Nate Lance, advocacy manager for International Christian Concern, says the proclamation is a critical message that demonstrates solidarity with those being persecuted for their beliefs.
To that end, he hopes the U.S. Senate will follow the administration's lead by swiftly confirming Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom.
"We've never seen someone as high profile as Governor Brownback appointed to this position,” he explains, “which is something I think is to commend the White House for."
Lance says Brownback’s leadership in the religious freedom office of the U.S. State Department will be an important asset in furthering the work of “the spear of our diplomatic core in terms of religious freedom” as it works with foreign governments to bring accountability to foreign governments that persecute religious minorities.
Also welcoming President Trump's Religious Freedom Day proclamation was David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, who says it's a reminder that "more often than not, people in other countries do not have the same freedoms we do here in the U.S."