Obama Admin. Committed to Religious Freedom?

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Former U.S. Speaker of the House and 2012 presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obama isn't doing enough to protect religious minorities under attack.

Gingrich took part in Regent University's annual 'Clash of the Titans' political debate recently, where CBN News asked him about the administration's stand on religious freedom.
   
"You look at the Muslim Brotherhood, which is burning down churches, you look at the radicals in Syria who have been beheading priests -- nobody in this administration and frankly, no one in our news media outside of places like The 700 Club and CBN, are willing to talk about the very real threat -- something which to his credit Rand Paul has talked about -- and that is that there is a war against Christians all across the region," he said.

Gingrich's comments came just days after the U.S. ambassador for International Religious Freedom resigned her post.

Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook held the position for 17 months.

The president nominated the former Baptist pastor to the post after it sat vacant for nearly two years.

While she tried to highlight some violations, religious freedom advocates say she could have done more.

Dr. Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, also served as the first director of the State Department's religious freedom office from 1999 to 2003.

He recently spoke with CBN News about the ambassador's resignation and the Obama administration's record of protecting religious freedom.

Why is standing up for religious freedom so important to U.S. foreign policy? Dr. Farr talks about this and more on CBN Newswatch, on Nov. 1.

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