Will Trump's State Department push religious freedom to center stage? - 2019-01-09

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F0.png Will Trump's State Department push religious freedom to center stage? January 9, 2019, Christa Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor

When Mr. Trump nominated Brownback, some were skeptical that he would work for religious freedom for all. A man of faith who was raised Methodist but converted to Catholicism in 2002, he had a conservative track record – including stands against abortion and gay marriage – that concerned Democrats and activists. He squeaked through his Senate confirmation 50-49.


Greg Mitchell, co-chair of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, says that skepticism is softening. The group started with just a few dozen people meeting bimonthly. But with Brownback's support, Mr. Mitchell says, it now hosts weekly events with around 100 participants from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists.

"They see that he really is advocating for religious freedom for everyone," says Mitchell, a lobbyist for the Church of Scientology, noting that Brownback visited Rohingya Muslims on his first trip.

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{{cite news | first = Christa Case | last = Bryant | title = Will Trump's State Department push religious freedom to center stage? | url = https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2019/0109/Will-Trump-s-State-Department-push-religious-freedom-to-center-stage | work = Christian Science Monitor | date = January 9, 2019 | accessdate = January 11, 2019 }}