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Obama issues religious freedom proclamation, but will he fill post to protect those freedoms?

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  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Jan. 17, 2014 7:47 a.m.

    Doesn't this "function" fall outside the bounds put forth in the Constitution?

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    Congress has been blocking nearly all Presidential appointments so far, so the answer is already known.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Jan. 19, 2014 11:00 a.m.

    Considering the disaster at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, this would be just another diplomat with a target on his back. Nothing like promoting religious freedom to work up the ire of a few terrorists.

    Why doesn't the President promote religious freedom around the globe like some previous presidents have done? An accurate response may be, "He doesn't, because those are not his priorities."

    For example, promoting religious freedom would require us to give more moral support to the Israeli nation and less to Iran.

  • lib1 Provo, UT
    Jan. 19, 2014 11:51 p.m.

    I recommend the religious freedom ambassador start with Afghanistan (where the last Christian church was recently burned down), then head over to Egypt (where Coptic Christians face increasing levels of violence from the Muslim Brotherhood) and then come back to the US Department of Health and Human Services. It would be nice if the new ambassador could explain to Secretary Sebilius that forcing Christian business owners to provide birth control and abortifacients undermines the free exercise of religion.

    Religious liberty--vanishing from the Muslim world, Europe and increasingly from the US.

  • Baccus0902 Leesburg, VA
    Jan. 20, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    @ gmlewis
    Houston, TX

    "For example, promoting religious freedom would require us to give more moral support to the Israeli nation and less to Iran."

    Would you mind expanding on your statement? I am really intrigued and somewhat confusedby your statement. Therefore, I would love to know your rationale.