Religious Freedom Envoy Tries for a Second Time

The Obama administration's nominee to oversee international religious freedom returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday in her second bid to charm senators who have doubts about her lack of experience.

"The life and professional background I offer to this position are unique," the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"I've brought people of different faiths together to achieve common objectives, including religious freedom and respect for people of all faiths and beliefs."

Cook was initially nominated for the long-vacant post of Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom last June but her nomination lagged in the Senate and expired in December.

President Obama renominated her in February as critics complained the longtime vacancy reflected the administration's low priority for the issue.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., who was one of the lawmakers who had questioned Cook's lack of direct experience, cited "indications" she still lacks qualifications ...

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