The federal government has an official position titled as U.S. special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held during the Obama administration by Rashad Hussain. Joe Biden has now appointed Hussain to follow former Senator Sam Brownback as the next U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.
Hussain was asked a few softball questions during what passed as a hearing last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Since the hearing didn’t get into how Hussain might behave in his position, a group of allied religious groups, including Save the Persecuted Christians, has organized some direct questions for Hussain.
On Monday, the wide-ranging group wrote an open letter to Hussain, asking the Muslim advocate about Sharia and his approach to non-Muslims in America and internationally. Barack Obama declared in 2010 that Hussain was a “Hafiz of the Qur’an” when he appointed him to the OIC position. That phrase means that Hussain is so devout that he has memorized the entire Muslim holy text. That text declares that non-Muslims are vile beings and Christians especially are under the “curse of Allah.”
Regardless of Hussain’s personal beliefs, every country that declares Sharia as its source of law denies religious freedom to non-Muslims. Those nations include Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.
The letter sent to Hussain asks him if he would advocate for Sharia when the freedom of non-Muslims is threatened in nations that declare Sharia as a controlling law. He is also asked about his testimony before the Senate committee regarding his commitment to oppose blasphemy laws, given the direction of Sharia to punish or kill anyone found to have blasphemed against Islam. He is specifically asked if he will reject the OIC’s adherence to blasphemy laws internationally.
Hussain is asked in the letter about his close connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, which supports the imposition of Sharia governments around the world. An Egyptian magazine in 2012 referred to a group including Hussain as responsible for turning the Obama White House into the “largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Hussain is also asked about his involvement in promoting a false impression of the attack in Benghazi that killed a group of Americans, including the ambassador to Libya, and what his current beliefs about the origins of that jihadist attack are.
The group of Christian advocates asks questions that any curious and honest journalist or senator should be asking of an appointee to an official diplomatic position. Unfortunately, the country seems to be in extremely short supply of either of those in 2021.