Judd Birdsall is a PhD candidate at Cambridge and an editorial fellow with The Reivew on Faith & International Affairs in Washington, DC.
Prior to coming to Cambridge, he worked at the State Department, where he served in the Office of International Religious Freedom and the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff. He also chaired of the Department’s Forum on Religion & Global Affairs. MORE.
My Statement on Obama's Nomination of Rabbi Saperstein
Here is my statement, published in Christianity Today, on the nomination of Rabbi David Saperstein to be the next U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom:
"Rabbi Saperstein's nomination should have come much sooner, but it was worth waiting for. For two decades David Saperstein has been the rabbi of religious freedom—in Washington and around the world. He's a respected expert on religion-state issues and a key leader in the fight against persecution. In a time when 'religious freedom' is frequently used as a partisan wedge, Rabbi Saperstein enjoys broad bipartisan support.
"Saperstein is the right person to take on this daunting task. It's customary to say a successor has big shoes to fill, but in Saperstein's case he has a big hole to dig out of. The U.S. government's credibility on international religious freedom issues has reached a low point thanks to the disappointing tenure of the previous ambassador at large, Suzan Johnson Cook. Saperstein will need to restore confidence in American religious freedom advocacy," said Judd Birdsall, who previously served in the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom.
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