Brownback to be honored with Gandhi award for work as religious freedom envoy

photo by: Associated Press

Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, speaks to journalists in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Pakistan has "a desire to change" its ways and be removed from an American blacklist of countries that infringe religious freedoms, Brownback said Sunday on a tour of a Mideast long riven by faith. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

WASHINGTON — 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.

Related story

Feb. 26 — Former Kansas Gov. Brownback tours Middle East as U.S. religious freedom envoy


Welcome to the new Our old commenting system has been replaced with Facebook Comments. There is no longer a separate username and password login step. If you are already signed into Facebook within your browser, you will be able to comment. If you do not have a Facebook account and do not wish to create one, you will not be able to comment on stories.