ARGUE, CROMARTIE, EID, AND LEO APPOINTED TO COMMISSION
Contact: Judith Ingram,
Communications Director, (202) 523-3240, ext. 127
WASHINGTON-President George W. Bush today appointed Dr. Imam Talal Y. Eid and Leonard Leo to the United States Commission on International Religious freedom, an independent, bipartisan federal agency, and reappointed Michael Cromartie. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appointed Dr. Don H. Argue as a Commissioner.
The terms of Messrs. Argue and Eid will run from May 15, 2007 to May 14, 2009. Messrs. Cromartie and Leo will serve the remainder of terms ending May 14, 2008.
"We welcome these new appointments, which will enable the Commission to continue its unique efforts to advance freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief worldwide," said Felice D. Gaer, USCIRF Chair. "Michael Cromartie has been an active member and officer of the Commission, and we look forward to his continued participation. We look forward to the contributions and insights of Dr. Argue, Imam Eid, and Mr. Leo, each of whom brings important experience to the Commission's deliberations.
"On behalf of the Commission, allow me to thank departing Commissioners Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, and Dr. Khaled M. Abou El Fadl for their service. Bishop Ramirez and Archbishop Chaput, in particular, actively participated in the Commission's work, contributed to our studies and reports, and gave generously of their time and wise counsel. Dr. El Fadl provided valuable perspectives.". . .
Imam Eid is Founder and Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Institute of Boston. A native of Lebanon, he served as Imam at the Al-Nasir Mosque in Tripoli for seven years and as Imam and religious director of the Islamic Center of New England from 1983-2005. In addition to his work at the Institute, he currently serves also as Muslim chaplain at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Brandeis University.