TCA Statements on the nomination of Rabbi Saperstein for Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom
"President Obama is yet again demonstrating his callous disregard for religious liberty by nominating Rabbi Saperstein for Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. Saperstein favors fining family business owners for their religious beliefs and forcing Americans into complicity with abortion against their deeply-held religious beliefs, something the Supreme Court has already ruled against. How can a man that favors upending longstanding, bi-partisan religious liberty protections at home be trusted to protect those persecuted for their faith overseas?"
July 28, 2014
Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association
"President Obama has inexplicably left unfilled the post of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom for almost half of his presidency, at a time of fiercely escalating faith-based persecutions around the globe. Finally the president has nominated someone, but the nominee expressly favors restricting religious liberty domestically, calling the recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case 'deeply, deeply disturbing' and 'alarming'. This baffling appointment is akin to putting the fox in charge of the hen house -- how will he have credibility defending freedom of religion abroad when he favors limiting religious freedom at home?"
July 28, 2014
Maureen Ferguson, Senior Policy Advisor with The Catholic Association