First Jew sworn in as US ambassador for religious freedom

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February 21, 2015 19:21

 
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WASHINGTON - David Saperstein has been sworn in as US ambassador-at-large for religious freedom, the fourth person and first Jewish American to hold the post.

Saperstein was ushered into the Obama administration at a small ceremony at the State Department, where US Secretary of State John Kerry praised him as US President Barack Obama's "chief advisor on religious liberty."

"Either David Saperstein was created with the job of ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in mind, or the job was created with him in mind," Kerry said.

Saperstein, the fourth person to hold the ambassador post, was a member of US President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships from 2010 to 2011. He also was a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 1999 to 2001.

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