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Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 9:05 am

In a nod to his conservative evangelical base, President Donald Trump appointed longtime activist Gary Bauer to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom — an independent body that tracks religious freedoms overseas. Bauer will join fellow commission member Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, who has drawn criticism because of his past controversial statements about Muslims and the LGBTQ community.

Bauer is the Washington director of Christians United for Israel and is a former head of the Family Research Council, which advocates that homosexuals are harmful to society. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the Family Research Council a hate group.

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