Former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to be honored for work as religious freedom envoy

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FILE – In this June 7, 2017 file photo, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. President Donald Trump will Brownback as ambassador at large for international religious freedom. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will be honored for his work as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

The Kansas City Star reports that the Hindu American Foundation plans to give Brownback its Mahatma Gandhi Award for Advancing Pluralism.

The foundation said Thursday that the award recognizes individuals or institutions that foster America’s “inclusive and pluralistic character.” It is named for the Indian leader whose commitment to nonviolent resistance became a model for the U.S. civil rights movement.

The foundation praised Brownback’s advocacy for Hindu minorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Muslim majority nations.

President Donald Trump nominated Brownback to the ambassadorship in July 2017, but Brownback wasn’t confirmed by the U.S. Senate until January 2018. He faced strong opposition from Democrats because of his record of opposing LGBT rights.


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