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Washington, D.C., October 3, 2017 -- The Center for Islam and Religious Freedom (CIRF) said today that it welcomed the pledge by Governor Sam Brownback, nominee for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, to “stand up and fight” for Muslim minorities persecuted for their faith. Governor Brownback’s comments came today during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“If you read the International Religious Freedom report…you see how much persecution there is of Muslims around the world,” Governor Brownback said in response to a question by Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va. “And that’s wrong. It should not take place. I will stand up and fight for those communities, as I have in the past. I will do that in the future.”
Senator Kaine responded: “Thank you for that answer. I agree with you. This is foundational. It’s in our First Amendment for a reason. We have a little bit of Virginia pride in Jefferson’s authorship of the statute of religious freedom that became the basis of the First Amendment…it’s so very important, I appreciate that answer.”
In his statement to the committee, Governor Brownback cited the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as an example of a threat to global religious freedom, and added, “I look forward to working with a number of you on specific international religious freedom issues, and Lord knows there’s enough of them around the world.”
CIRF, a Washington, D.C.-based Muslim non-profit group that supports religious freedom for all, welcomed Governor Brownback’s comments. “As Muslims we stand for the right of every individual to believe as their conscience calls them, without compulsion, as well as to worship and practice their faith,” the group said. “If Governor Brownback is confirmed, we look forward to working with him to defend religious freedom for all.” CIRF also thanked Senator Kaine for raising the issue of Muslim minorities during the hearing.
CIRF works at the intersection of Islam and religious freedom to support religious freedom for all. Founded to foster Muslim participation in religious freedom advocacy, CIRF educates Muslim audiences about the scope and value of religious liberty and the need to protect it for members of every faith and people of no faith, and educates Muslims and non-Muslims about support for religious liberty in Islam.
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