The Christian Post website reports today (June 18,2010) that President Obama has made a "positive first step" to fill the empty Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom post.
Obama nominated Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook -- founder and president of the Wisdom Worldwide Center and senior pastor of Bronx Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in New York City -- on June 15 for the position. Cook's nomination needs to be confirmed by the Senate.
The post has been vacant since the start of the Obama administration despite pressure from religious freedom and human groups to fill it.
The position of Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom was created by law in 1998 to monitor global religious persecution, recommend and implement policies, and advise the U.S. State Department and the administration.