The head of a non-profit organization for religious freedom for everyone finds it unfortunate that domestic politics were involved in the Senate vote on President Trump's selection for international religious freedom ambassador.
Kansas' Governor Sam Brownback (R) was narrowly approved to the position (U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom) in a partisan 50-49 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie because two Republican senators were absent.
Thomas Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute, tells OneNewsNow four ambassadors have served in this position before Brownback since Congress approved the International Religious Freedom Act in the 1990s, creating this office.
"Never has there ever been this kind of partisan rejection of an ambassador," Farr continues.
Democrats reportedly voted against Brownback because of his perceived views on homosexuals and Muslims, but Farr believes Brownback will always fight for anyone facing religious persecution, and he cites Iran as an example:
"Where homosexuals are literally tortured, hanged from cranes, thrown off of tall buildings -- that's religious persecution, if it's being done for religious reasons," he asserts. "Why people don't get that, I haven't the slightest idea, and it's truly unfortunate that the domestic aspects of this apparently played a role in having every Democratic Party member in the Senate vote against him."
Farr hopes that all Americans can come behind the idea that the U.S. stands with the persecuted all over the world, "Christians, of course, who are persecuted worse than any other group, but others as well."