Doug Kmiec, Barack Obama’s ambassador to Malta, has resigned or was forced out depending on what you read. But the reason seems to be that he was speaking and writing about his faith too much.
Kmiec, a Catholic who had been head of Pepperdine Law School and served in the Reagan administration, shocked many when he publicly endorsed President Obama before the 2008 election. He even wrote a book encouraging Catholics to vote for Obama because Obama was sooooo pro-life. Kmiec said he supported Obama’s “faith based approach” and that Obama would “protect life” by increasing government spending on prenatal care and adoption. For his public endorsement he was denied Communion once in California but given the ambassadorship to Malta. Doesn’t seem like an even trade to me but I guess it did to him.
Kmiec’s endorsement was celebrated in the media and, I believe, was used as cover for many Catholics who supported Obama.
The AP reports:
The U.S. ambassador to Malta, an important Roman Catholic supporter of President Barack Obama, said Sunday he would resign after a State Department report criticized him for spending too much time writing and speaking about his religious beliefs.
In letters to Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Douglas Kmiec said he would step down Aug. 15. He told The Associated Press that no one pressured him to leave.
Kmiec was a well-known conservative law professor and commentator before being taking the job in 2009. But a report this month by the State Department’s inspector general rebuked Kmiec for concentrating too much on issues such as abortion and his faith, while neglecting his ambassadorial duties
“I doubt very much whether one could ever spend too much time on this subject,” Kmiec wrote Obama in his resignation letter.
Honestly, when I started writing this piece I intended to rip the dude up a bit but in the end I think I feel bad for the guy. I think his support of Obama did untold damage to this country but I find myself just hoping maybe the guy realizes he’s been used but I don’t know. Nobody does but Kmiec. I honestly can’t understand how anyone committed to a culture of life could have voted for Obama, never mind work for him. I just don’t get it.
In the end, I think this shows how intolerant the Obama administration is of people of faith. I guess they figure Kmiec served his purpose so now they can kick him to the curb.