Some Not Happy With President Obama’s Decision to Nominate Rabbi David Saperstein as Religious Freedom Ambassador

US Secretary of State John Kerry stands with Rabbi David Saperstein, the nominee for ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, while delivering remarks regarding the 2013 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on July 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Paul J. Richards—AFP/Getty Images
US Secretary of State John Kerry stands with Rabbi David Saperstein, the nominee for ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, while delivering remarks regarding the 2013 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on July 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Paul J. Richards—AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama’s decision to nominate Rabbi David Saperstein to the post of Ambassador for International Religious Freedom is drawing mixed reactions.

Saperstein has spent his career in Washington focusing on social justice and religious freedom issues as an activist in the liberal reform branch of Judaism.

Some religious freedom advocates are applauding Obama’s choice.

“(Saperstein) will be a strong advocate and voice for religious freedom around the world,” National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson said.

But not everyone is pleased, particularly in light of Saperstein’s criticism of the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision. The ruling allowed some companies to opt-out of paying for contraception under Obamacare for religious reasons.

“Saperstein favors fining family business owners for their religious beliefs and forcing Americans into complicity with abortion,” the Catholic Association said in a statement.

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SOURCE: CBN News
Caitlin Burke

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