HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > President Taps Nominee for International Religious Liberty Post

President Taps Nominee for International Religious Liberty Post

President Obama this week stated his intention to nominate Rabbi David Saperstein as the next Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department. Secretary of State John Kerry called Rabbi Saperstein “the gold standard” in this area. He particularly highlighted Rabbi Saperstein’s leadership as the first Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, as well as his ongoing work as Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. While some religious freedom advocates are troubled by Rabbi Saperstein’s liberal domestic policies, including his opposition to the recent Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, others have highlighted his respected credentials and have expressed support for the nominee in the effort to promote religious liberty in increasingly hostile and turbulent waters in many areas abroad. Rabbi Saperstein’s nomination must be confirmed by the Senate before he assumes this ambassadorial post, which has been vacant since Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook stepped down last October.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: August 1, 2014

Latest News

Senate Funders Take Aim at Agencies

Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee this week advanced legislation with provisions to restrict several agencies, particularly the FCC and the IRS.

Justice Alito Gives Insight into the Supreme Court

In a lengthy interview with Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito provided insight into the high court’s procedures, commentary on recent cases, and some thoughts on baseball.

Pro-Life Ministries Need Not Apply?

Earlier this year the fight against human trafficking, rightly an effort that crosses partisan lines, was drawn into a battle over the federal funding of abortion in Congress.

2016 NRB Media Awards: Nomination Window Now Open!

NRB is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Annual Media Awards and will be doing so until August 14, 2015. A long-standing hallmark of NRB, the awards program remains one of our most valued traditions.

NRB Members Respond to Planned Parenthood Exposé

Various NRB members joined in the massive outcry against Planned Parenthood after an undercover video was released last week showing a senior director from Planned Parenthood outlining the sale of fetal body parts.

Life Issues Institute Hosts Event in Memory of Late Pro-Life Pioneer Dr. Jack Willke

Life Issues Institute President Bradley Mattes hosted a memorial reception to honor the life of pro-life pioneer Dr. John C. (Jack) Willke on Tuesday, July 21, in Washington, DC.

J103 GM Steve Green Marks 35 Years in Radio

At the age of six, Steve Green says he had a transistor radio glued to his ear. While the music was “amazing,” Green recalls how it was the announcers that fascinated him. For hours, he would just to find out what they were going to do next!

TWR360 Christian Web Portal Adds 40th Language as Expansion Continues

When TWR360 was launched in May 2013, the web portal to Christian media content was available in only five languages.

FCC Moves to Adjust Field Operations

This week at the FCC’s monthly public meeting, the Commissioners voted unanimously for a plan to change its field operations structure, most notably by closing 11 field offices.

Judiciary and Commerce Committee Leaders Investigating Planned Parenthood

After the release of an undercover video this week in which a Planned Parenthood leader reveals horrific details about the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, Congress is ratcheting up the pressure.

More News