Biden nominates Indian-American to be first Muslim envoy for religious freedom


By Arul Louis

New York, Jul 31 (IANS): President Joe Biden has nominated an Indian-American, Rashad Hussain, as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, and if approved by the Senate he will be the first Muslim to head US diplomacy for advancing religious liberties.

Making the announcement on Friday, the White House said that Biden is appointing a Pakistani American Khizr Khan to be a member of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USICRF), along with two others.

The USICRF publishes the annual report of religious freedom around the world as it advocates for religious freedom around the world and designates violators of religious liberties.

Hussain is the Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement at the National Security Council has worked as a Senior Counsel in the Justice Department's National Security Division.

Like many Biden appointees, Hussain is an alumnus of President Barack Obama's administration in which he served as the US special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the US special envoy for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications.

"Rashad also spearheaded efforts on countering antisemitism and protecting religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries," the White House said.

Hussain, who has a law degree from Yale University and a master's in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University, has also worked with the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

The position of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom was set up by the Congress within the State Department with the mandate to "advance the right to freedom of religion abroad, to denounce the violation of that right, and to recommend appropriate responses by the US Government when this right is violated."

Khan is a lawyer who is the founder of the Constitution Literacy and National Unity Project.

His son, US Army Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in action in Iraq.

As one of the speakers at the Democratic Party's National Convention that nominated Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee for president in 2016, Khan criticised the Republican Party candidate Donald Trump saying he "consistently smears the character of Muslims."

Trump made a snide comment suggesting that because of that religion, the captain's mother did not speak at the convention and it evoked strong criticism for attacking "Gold Star" parents – as the parents of military personnel killed in action are reverentially called in the US.

An Indian American, Anurima Bhargava, is a member of the USICRF as one of the three members appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Three others are appointed by the leader of the Senate.

  

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    When religious laws are part of Constitution. It is my way or highway case in some countries. This fellow has to concentrate on that.

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  • S.F.H, Indian

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Is there any Patanjali product for Nanji..???...

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  • Global, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    hope not, paving the way to get down from past Glory with all new appeasements!!!

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  • A Nazreth, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Gaya Kaam se. As it is US and Europe are polluted with such stuff. They show of favoritism will have a huge influx.

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Shankar, Mangaluru Thu, Jul 29 2021 Akulakulena. Namak daaye. budle

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Hindustan is getting recognized by Global big wigs... for some stomock burning would have started..., must be protected them from consuming burnol as solution... coz burnol is for external application only...,

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Biden is trying to woo Modiji indirectly by giving prominence to Indian origin americans. He knows Modi is upset because he delayed raw materials for the vaccine. He also knows the power Modi...how he brought giants like twitter and whats app on their knees !

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  • Rohan Pinto, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Pakistani American for International religious freedom, In what qualification? There is no word called "secular in their dictionary. Pakistan itself religious based non secular country, Really chicken headed US administration now.

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  • Jeevan, Kudla

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Enchina la malpulay dala prayojana ejji...

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    It is just like Pakistan nominating Hafiz Said as envoy for religious freedom!!!

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  • John, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Namesake or for globalism sake some leaders. These left leaning liberals using religions fight against each other, finally in the name of equality, justice, humanity no religions but communist dictatorship and bringing out their weapon grade virus and vaccines sleathily setup their communist rule everywhere or their new world order.

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  • V Divakar, Kankanady

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    SAJJIGE BHAJIL...DAAL ME KHUCH KASL

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  • rolf, Dubai

    Sat, Jul 31 2021

    Don't worry we have Kamala Harris it's all because of Modi.

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