By Tom Strode
WASHINGTON (BP) — The Southern Baptist Convention’s lead advocate for religious liberty has urged President Obama to name quickly an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, and he has offered a nominee for the position.
In a letter Tuesday (July 15), Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), called on Obama to act “without further delay” to fill the ambassador-at-large position, which has been vacant since October of last year. He recommended the president consider nominating a Republican, Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia, to the post.
While “many skilled diplomats and leaders” are qualified for the ambassadorship, Wolf “stands out among them with experience, credibility, competence, and a passion for this issue,” Moore wrote.
Wolf, who is not running for re-election to the House of Representatives this year, is widely considered Congress’ leading advocate for global religious liberty. Wolf, 75, will retire at the end of this term after serving 34 years as a congressman from northern Virginia.
In his letter to the president, Moore described Wolf as “a tireless and unparalleled advocate for persecuted religious minorities. No one has done more in fighting for human rights and the protection of religious minorities [than Wolf].”
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