One Man’s Passion for Religious Freedom
Sam Brownback has been a senator, a governor, and an ambassador. In every role, however, he has passionately fought for religious freedom.
From CBN News. Sam Brownback has served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and as governor of Kansas. But it’s his passion for religious rights–internationally and here on the Homefront–that has motivated him to become a leading global voice for persecuted people of faith….
Brownback said he “got hooked” on becoming an advocate for religious freedom once [Senate staffer Sharon Pate] started bringing people into his Senate office to meet with him and share their stories of persecution.
But the defining moment, his epiphany came while back home in Kansas attending one of his kid’s softball games.
“I get a call from Sharon that we had just gotten somebody out of jail in Uzbekistan, a missionary that had been in jail in Uzbekistan because of being a Christian and advocated for Jesus there and he said our advocacy got him out of jail. And I was just like, I got hooked. Then I thought, ‘You mean I could work in a public policy arena and help people for their religious freedom somewhere around the world? I’m in.'”
Brownback believes his public position has given him the opportunity to help people practice their “God-given right” to practice their faith and “do with their soul” as they see fit.
“To me, religious freedom is a human right of the soul. It’s deeper than others. It’s just more personal,” he said….
In 2018, the U.S. Senate confirmed him as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom under President Donald Trump. That year, he and then U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held the first first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State. The stated purpose of the gathering was to convene a meeting of leaders from around the world to discuss persecution and discrimination of religious groups and to promote greater religious freedom.
During his tenure, Ambassador Brownback traveled around the world as the top U.S. government advocate tasked with advancing the cause of religious freedom. One of his success stories was securing the release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson from a Turkish prison.
But were there any disappointments?
Brownback said he’s still disappointed about the extent of persecution against people of faith around the world….
More recently, Brownback has shifted his focus to the cause of promoting religious liberty in the United States. Last January, he launched the National Committee for Religious Freedom (NCRF), based near Williamsburg, Virginia.
“What I started to observe is we’re losing ground here at home. And this is the mothership for religious freedom. If the United States moves off of this, or declines in its religious freedom, that’s going to have ramifications all over the world because everybody watches here. This is the standard setter,” he insisted….
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(Excerpt from CBN News. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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