Ken Blackwell

President Obama had been in office barely a year when named a Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Mr. Obama touted his appointee, American born Rashad Hussain, as a hafiz of the Koran. That is one who is honored within Islam for having memorized the entire Koran.

We are constantly reassured that Islam is a religion of peace. Then, surely, Envoy Rashad Hussain is in an ideal position to demonstrate the veracity of that statement. Congress needs to hold hearings on the progress of Mr. Hussain’s efforts to advance American ideals and American interests within the OIC.

We should know fully how this high administration official is interacting with the member states of the OIC. The Obama White House announcement of Mr. Hussain’s appointment respectfully saluted the OIC as “the second largest intergovernmental organization in the world.”

We need answers to many questions about the role and efficacy of Mr. Hussain’s record. How many times has Mr. Hussain raised the issue of Christian, Jewish, and minority Muslim persecution with OIC representatives? How strongly has he advocated for American positions with these Islamic delegates? What are those American positions?

Congress needs to exercise a careful oversight of Mr. Hussain’s office. The Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.

Mr. Hussain can demonstrate that he has been vigilant in pressing the case for an end to brutal religious persecution. If he can offer such evidence, then we can be reassured about his tenure in his high office.

If Mr. Hussain has been pressing for an end to the persecutions, his entreaties seem to have been ineffectual. The murderous treatment of Christians in many Muslim majority lands has never been worse. Never worse.

The Obama administration shows daily its biases. The resistance to naming a Special Envoy for Religious Persecution reaffirms these biases. The continuance in office of Mr. Obama’s Special Envoy to the Organization for the Islamic Conference (OIC) shows the truth of what that seasoned observer, Michael Barone recently wrote: With this administration, “Christianity bad, Islam good.”

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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