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Princeton’s Robert George to lead US religious freedom commission

Catholic World News - July 24, 2013

Robert George, a Princeton University politics professor known for his defense of the unborn as well as his natural-law defense of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, has been elected chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom by his fellow commission members.

Members of the federal commission are chosen by the president, Senate leadership, and House leadership; George was appointed in 2012 by House Speaker John Boehner, a commission press release noted.

Katrina Lantos Swett, a Mormon and a Democrat who is completing her term as chair, paid tribute to George, a Catholic.

“He is a true human rights champion whose compassion for victims of oppression and wisdom about international religious freedom shine through all we have accomplished this past year,” she said. “Our bipartisan commission is united in its admiration for Professor George’s skills as an advocate and leader of the international religious freedom movement.”

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  • Posted by: unum - Jul. 25, 2013 12:05 PM ET USA

    Speaker Boehner apparently knows the difference between a political appointee and someone qualified to serve on the commission. That is not the norm for Presidential appointments.

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