By Faith McDonnell
On July 23, 2013, Dr. Robert P. George was elected Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). USCIRF, an independent, bi-partisan U.S. federal government commission tasked with making policy recommendations to the President, Congress, and the State Department, was created by Congress through the enactment of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. At that time, religious freedom advocates, including IRD’s Religious Liberty Program, had won a victory to see international religious persecution and freedom concerns enshrined in U.S. foreign policy.
Dr. George, who IRD is proud to claim as a member of our Board of Directors (Emeritus), is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. The author of many books, including The Clash of Orthodoxies, George was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President George W. Bush in 2008. When presenting the award to George, The White House said, “With wisdom and integrity, Dr. Robby George has brought forceful analytic clarity to the study of America’s ideals and institutions. He has helped strengthen our Nation’s system of ordered liberty by exploring enduring questions of American constitutional law and Western political theory. The United States honors Robby George for his many contributions to our civic life.”