Open Doors USA Welcomes Nomination of Mike Pompeo to New Role as Secretary of State

David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, addresses today's change to the U.S. secretary of state's office and its potential impact for international religious freedom:

"With religious persecution on the rise globally, intertwined closely with issues of national security, I have confidence in Mike Pompeo's track record of demonstrating great concern for religious freedom internationally, combined with his broad understanding of national security and the importance of diplomacy and development.

"At this crucial point in time, we need a chief diplomat who grasps the vital importance of protecting freedom of faith around the world, recognizing that so often conflict and instability are linked to the denial and attack of fundamental freedoms.

"With the recently confirmed Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback in place at the State Department, our country is strongly positioned to make international freedom of religion a crucial component of U.S. foreign policy. I look forward to working closely with the incoming secretary of state to protect and promote religious liberty around the globe."

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For more than 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit