Speaker Boehner Appoints Elliott Abrams to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following release announcing his appointment of Elliott Abrams to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom:
“Elliott Abrams is an honorable public servant who has served the American people with integrity and distinction. I am pleased to announce his appointment to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where I am confident he will be a strong advocate for people throughout the world who are facing oppression and coercion for their faith. The free exercise of religion is a fundamental right our Founding Fathers acknowledged in the Constitution. They viewed this individual right as superior to any tyrannical action of government. Preserving this sacred right the last two centuries is why the persecuted people of the world look to America as the brightest beacon of freedom.
“The commission’s goal is to highlight serious threats to religious liberty throughout the world so the President and Congress can make measured and wise decisions in response. The work of the commission is as important now as it ever has been. Americans and their representatives in Washington must have the best possible information as we form our foreign policies. I want to acknowledge the valuable service of outgoing commissioner Ted Van Der Meid, who has been a steadfast voice for religious liberty.”
NOTE: Elliott Abrams is a lawyer and foreign policy expert who served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. From 2005 to 2009 Mr. Abrams served President Bush as Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy. Mr. Abrams has held many senior positions in the White House and at the Department of State. He is currently a senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Abrams was a commission member for three years beginning in 1999, serving as chair from 2000 to 2001.