Dec 26 2012
The board and staff of Interfaith Alliance mourn the passing of the Rt. Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon. She served as past chair of the Interfaith Alliance Board of Directors, senior advisor to the organization for interreligious relations, and was the recipient of our 2011 Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom award in recognition of her lifetime of ministry and outreach aimed at making all feel welcome and respected. This compassionate and courageous woman embodied the values of Interfaith Alliance and she will be missed, but never forgotten.
Dec 14 2012
Washington, D.C. – Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement on behalf of the board of directors and staff of the organization following the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.:
Today’s shooting is an unspeakable tragedy. That it happened at a school is devastating, that it was an elementary school is unthinkable. The young children and adults who needlessly were wounded or lost their lives today to senseless violence will remain in our memory. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones, as well as to the rest of the victims whose lives were spared.
2012 stands out as a particularly tragic year for gun violence. A movie theater in Aurora, Colorado… A Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin… A young man in Sanford, Florida… And, countless other victims whose deaths did not draw national media attention.
“How long, O God, how long?” What will it take to stop these needless deaths. No doubt, even as many of us grieve today’s losses, opponents of gun control are preparing their response to this tragedy so as to silence rhetorical attacks on guns and preserve people’s rights to use these weapons in killing each other.
As a nation, surely it is time for us to act in a manner that prohibits us from arriving at December 2013 only to see the trail of violence extended.
Dec 07 2012
Washington, D.C. – The Supreme Court announced today that it will grant review of two cases regarding same-gender marriage: Hollingsworth v. Perry, the California Proposition 8 case, and United States v. Windsor, which questions the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Interfaith Alliance joined an amicus brief in Windsor supporting the overturning of Section 3 and opposing Proposition 8, both on religious freedom grounds. In response to the Court’s announcement, Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement:
I applaud the Court’s decision to review two important cases on the issue of marriage equality for same-gender couples. DOMA has denied same-gender couples the federal recognition and benefits allowed to all other married Americans for far too long. In a country that guarantees both religious freedom and “justice for all,” the laws of our land must be based on what is fair and equal, not simply on the religious views of any one faith community. The Court’s decision can be a promising step both for religious freedom and for marriage equality.
By granting review of these cases, the Court has created an opportunity for our nation to take a major step toward being on the right side of history and fulfilling the intent of the Constitution. I hope that we will see the Highest Court in the land deal a major blow to DOMA and affirm the 9th Circuit Court’s decision in the Proposition 8 case next year.
Nov 07 2012
Washington, D.C. – Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement today following President Obama’s reelection:
"The results are in, and we now know that President Barack Obama will be spending another four years in the White House. He is to be congratulated as is Governor Mitt Romney for engaging in a process at the heart of our democracy and providing us with the opportunity to make our voices heard. As we look toward the president’s second term and the convening of a new Congress, we also know that the issues we care about are every bit as important today as they were yesterday, and we have no intention of letting up on our work to protect religious freedom for every American."
"The American people have maintained the status quo by reelecting the president, as well as by maintaining Democratic control of the Senate and Republican control of the House. But, voters also challenged the status quo by sending a clear message to Democrats and Republicans alike, demanding that all of us work together to solve our nation’s problems. Most important now is not advancing a partisan agenda but demonstrating a patriotic focus on job creation and ensuring our national security. Of course, pursuing those priorities should not stop our elected leaders from making greater progress in defense of religious freedom. The president’s first term saw great successes, including the passage of anti-hate crimes legislation, the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and a modicum of progress on reforming the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships."
"But progress must still be made to end the bullying epidemic in our schools, prevent hiring discrimination, hold accountable houses of worship that violated the law during the election by endorsing candidates from the pulpit, and ensure marriage equality for all. On that final point, the passage of pro-marriage equality ballot initiatives in Maryland, Maine and Washington State, and the defeat of an anti-marriage equality amendment in Minnesota, as well as the vote to retain Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins should refuel the energy of all working to achieve that goal."
"With the election concluded, we remain a country almost equally divided in our devotion to two different visions of what this nation should be and become. President Obama was chosen to lead us in facing the continuing challenge to bridge the cavernous divisions among us and work with all of us to bring our nation back together. Interfaith Alliance will join the president and all committed to engaging that challenge responsibly and actively."