Sam Brownback

Taiwan’s Practical Pluralism

This week, as the US State Department hosted its second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, it was good to…

Why Should Christians Support International Religious Freedom?
Why Should Christians Support International Religious Freedom?

The most profound and powerful reasons for religious freedom are Christian reasons, and they extend not only to Christians but to all people. In my view this means that there is also a deep theological warrant for international religious freedom.

Dispatch from the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
Dispatch from the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Last month was a significant step forward for international religious freedom advocacy, but much work remains to be done.

How Many Declarations Does It Take to Secure Religious Freedom?
How Many Declarations Does It Take to Secure Religious Freedom?

After centuries of declarations upholding the importance of religious freedom, why are we still issuing declarations?

The State Department’s Ministerial on Religious Freedom: Reflections and the Path Ahead

The State Department’s Ministerial on Religious Freedom marks a significant shift in US foreign policy thinking.

Could Christians Care Less?
Could Christians Care Less: Are We Indifferent to the Cries of the Faithful?

More than any other period in the last two thousand years, Christians across the globe are facing persecution. From Africa to the Middle East, India to Southeast Asia, China, and North Korea, the global church is undergoing violent persecution. While Christians in America and in the West are aware of the plight of their brothers and sisters abroad, the question remains: do they care?

Advice for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback
Advice for the Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom

While the work of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom is vital, the ambassador is most effective when he or she influences the department and US policy as a whole. The combination of ambassador-at-large and religion is thus a difficult one at State, so having someone as politically experienced as Brownback in the role is vital.