Family Research Council

Ambassador of Music Drums up Support for Cultural Liberalism


By Tony Perkins
February 10, 2014

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The State Department's already got a bad rap. Now, thanks to musician Pras Michel, it's got a bad rapper too. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. President Obama has bigger things to worry about than the latest in global music -- but you wouldn't know it from his State Department. Despite everything on its plate, the agency took time out of its foreign policy agenda to sponsor a worldwide webcast on a topic that might surprise you: the evolution of hip-hop music. But that's not all. The event with Pras Michel was hosted by the State Department's Ambassador of Music. Now, I don't know about you, but I thought the State Department had plenty on its plate with Iran, Benghazi, and Israel. Wasting money on an Ambassador of Music -- when Congress can't even get the State Department to appoint an envoy for religious liberty -- is ridiculous. If the President wants to restore some credibility to his diplomatic mission, he should face the music -- not finance it.

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