(Jewish Exponent) – An Orthodox Jew teaching at a Catholic university, Villanova political science professor Daniel Mark is himself a testament to the religious freedom that exists in the United States. But as anyone who watches the news can tell you, different religions do not always serenely coexist with one another around the world.
Mark, a 33-year-old who lives in Merion, will have a chance to address some of the atrocities committed in the name of religion, as well as its suppression, as the newest member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Last month, John Boehner (R-Ohio), speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, appointed Mark to the eight-member bipartisan group that includes notable diplomats, academics and former lawmakers. The commission reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the president, the secretary of state and Congress.