TRUMP TAPS RELIGIOUS EXTREMIST TO BE U.S. AMBASSADOR FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

President Donald Trump has tapped Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) as ambassador at large for religious freedom. The Kansas Governor now faces Senate confirmation, which he will likely pass given his former tenure inside the lawmaking body.

Mr. Brownback, who has a long history of far-right Catholicism seems like a poor match for the role since he has demonstrated a disrespect for other religions, particularly Islam or Muslims.

  1. “Brownback came to office in Kansas in 2011. He signed a bill in 2012 to prevent state courts from using “foreign jurisdictions” when making decisions. Opponents dubbed the legislation the “Sharia bill” and said it unfairly targeted Muslims, preventing them from using the Islamic legal code on civil matters such as custody and property.”
  2. “Kansas became the first U.S. state to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program for security reasons in 2016. Brownback’s office said he had not received assurances about the level of vetting of refugees; the governor had said, “If I have to choose between the safety and security of Kansans and the relocation of refugees, I will take action to protect Kansans.”’

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