(New York Daily News) -- By now the history of Islamophobic statements by former Kansas Rep. and current CIA Director Mike Pompeo have been well exposed. Still, as his confirmation hearings begin, it is worth articulating why these statements should exclude him for the position of secretary of state, fourth in the presidential line of succession.
Three reasons stand out. First, as head of the State Department, the Secretary is responsible for promoting abroad the same values we cherish at home. One of these values is religious freedom.
At home, the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment enshrines the free exercise of religion. Overseas, its value is best expressed in the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act: “The right to freedom of religion undergirds the very origin and existence of the United States. . . . From its birth to this day, the United States has prized this legacy of religious freedom and honored this heritage by standing for religious freedom and offering refuge to those suffering religious persecution.”
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