JERUSALEM — Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”), releases the following statement on the confirmation of Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom:
“In 1999, I was present at the State Department for the swearing in of the first ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. An organization I had founded, the Center for Jewish and Christian Values, had worked hard for the establishment of the position. At the time, the co-chairmen of the Center were Senator Joe Lieberman and Senator Sam Brownback. So it is with no small sense of pride that I congratulate the Senate for confirming him, and the president for nominating him.
“Not only is Sam a man of deep faith and unquestionable integrity, he is also a bridge builder who can bring people together for the greater good. He’s the right man for this position, and his confirmation comes at a critical time: persecution of Christians worldwide is at an all-time high, the death’s head of anti-Semitism is rising again in Europe, and religious minorities are under attack from one end of the globe to the other.
“Sam, you have my congratulations, my best wishes, and together with people of good faith everywhere, our prayers for your success.”