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Christian persecution watchdog encourages Congress to confirm Biden's religious freedom nominee

by Premier Journalist

Open Doors USA, an organization that advocates for persecuted Christians worldwide, has expressed support for Joe Biden's recent appointment to Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

The Biden administration announced four new appointees related to specific religious offices on Friday, with a distinct focus on Rashad Hussain, the nominee for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. 

Open Doors USA CEO David Curry said in a statement: "Open Doors has repeatedly called on the Biden Administration to fill these critical roles to international religious freedom, and we are heartened by today's nominations. Rashad Hussain is a well-qualified nominee with a deep understanding of the factors at play in China, India, and elsewhere. We look forward to building together the diverse coalition of leadership necessary to counter the rising tide of religious persecution worldwide." 

Curry notes that "Mr. Hussain's experience could play a major role in addressing some of the most challenging issues facing Christians, especially in the Middle East and West Africa," and urges Congress to confirm this nominee quickly for the sake of religious freedom.

Hussain has served in several administrations, including the Obama administration in 2009. He has also worked at the National Security Council. The Ambassador at Large will play a crucial part in coordinating foreign policy direction concerning the persecution of religious communities across the world. Open Doors believes that the United States should focus these priorities on the extreme violence against Christians in Nigeria, the genocide against Uyghurs in China, and the deteriorating state of religious freedom in India.

Open Doors also expressed support for the other three appointees. They urged Senator McConnell and other Senators to fill these vacancies expediently.

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