Two years after President Obama took office, the position of ambassador for international religious freedom remains vacant, sparking concerns about the government’s preparedness to deal with religious elements related to the turmoil in Tunisia and other international conflicts.

Tom Farr, who served as director of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bush administration, condemned the Obama administration’s “utter indifference” to religious freedom and said the two-year vacancy in the religious freedom office was a “scandal.” The unfilled position has already hampered the government’s efforts to address growing persecution of Christians and Islamic extremism in the Middle East, as just one example, Farr said.

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