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Meet David N. Saperstein, the First Non-Christian Ambassador of Religious Freedom

On Friday, Rabbi David Saperstein, a former law professor and director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, was finally confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador of international religious freedom by the Senate. He will be the first non-Christian to fill the role, which has been vacant since October of 2013. Nevertheless, numerous Christians—including the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s Russell Moore and former ambassador Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)—have given Rabbi Saperstein their broad support. “Like most Jews, I know all too well that, over the centuries, the Jewish people have been a quintessential victim of religious persecution, ethnic cleansing, and demonization,” Saperstein was quoted as saying at his confirmation hearing last September. “We have learned, firsthand, the costs to the universal rights, security and well-being of religious communities when good people remain silent in the face of such persecution” …

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