So, who is Mike Pompeo?
It turns out, the man tapped to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has some strong opinions about Christianity, as Michael Stone wrote in Patheos a couple years ago:
Pompeo goes so far as to endorse the notion of a “Holy War” between Christians and Muslims.
Speaking at a church group in Wichita, Kansas, in 2014, Pompeo claimed that Christianity was the “only solution” to combat terrorism, arguing that the greatest “threat to America” is caused by “people who deeply believe that Islam is the way.”
Pompeo told the church-goers:
This threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer. These folks believe that it is religiously driven for them to wipe Christians from the face of the earth.
Noting that “these folks” constitute a small minority among Muslims, Pompeo continued:
They abhor Christians, and will continue to press against us until we make sure that we pray and stand and fight and make sure that we know that Jesus Christ our savior is truly the only solution for our world.
His Wikipedia biography, meantime, notes:
Pompeo is married to Susan Pompeo and has one son, Nicholas. He attends Eastminster Presbyterian Church, where he serves as a deacon and teaches the fifth-grade Sunday school class.
Below is a short video about him, produced by the New York Times several months ago: