Press Releases

Interfaith Alliance Applauds President Obama’s Nomination to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON – Following President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland to fill the seat on the United States Supreme Court left vacant by the recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released this statement:

“Today President Obama demonstrated his fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law in the United States by nominating Judge Merrick B. Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. The President’s nomination was matched by a promise of incomprehensible inaction by a faction of obstructionist Senators. The issues before the Court – including many concerning religious freedom and the First Amendment – are too important not to be considered by a fully operational Supreme Court. If religious freedom is truly important to the United States Senate, they must act swiftly to give Judge Garland their full consideration.”

“As we would with any Supreme Court nominee, we have many questions for Judge Garland. How will he seek to balance America’s guarantee of religious freedom with the protection of equal rights for all? How will he maintain the progress we've seen in recent years to strike religious bigotry from our laws? And how will he ensure that no religious or racial minority is ever subject to discrimination, unjust scrutiny and exclusion from the rights and freedoms of American citizenship? A hearing in the Senate is a profound moment to ask and answer these critical questions – it is an outrage that so many in the Senate seem dead-set on denying Americans this opportunity.”

Rabbi, Interfaith Alliance Leader Condemns anti-Semitism and Violent, Hateful Rhetoric at Donald Trump Rallies

WASHINGTON – Today, Pastor Mark Burns spoke at a Donald Trump campaign rally in Hickory, North Carolina and said that Senator Bernie Sanders, “Gotta get saved. He gotta meet Jesus.” This comment comes only days after a Muslim student and a Latino student reported being attacked outside of a Trump rally. Following these developments, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released this statement:

“It is profoundly un-American to use a campaign platform to denigrate and demean the faith of a candidate for President, it is unbecoming of a member of the clergy to do so when these rallies have increasingly resulted in violence toward religious and racial minorities. Like almost no other campaign in recent memory, this election cycle has demonstrated just how easily rhetoric that abuses Americans of all kinds can turn into incitement and violence.

“Donald Trump must disavow the anti-Semitism of Pastor Burns. He must reject the violence that has marked his campaign and he must rectify the Islamophobia and racism that he has inspired. Most importantly, Donald Trump must demonstrate that he understands the First Amendment and its guarantee of religious freedom well enough to defend it if he were to become President.”

Interfaith Alliance Expresses Condolence Following First Lady Nancy Reagan’s Passing

Washington, DC – Interfaith Alliance president, Rabbi Jack Moline, offered his condolences today following the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan:

“It is with great sadness that we learned of Nancy Reagan’s passing this weekend. She was an inspiration to so many and a staunch advocate for issues that she cared so deeply about. She and President Reagan set an example that many of today’s politicians would do well to follow – how to disagree with elegance and eloquence that elevates the discussion. We may not have always agreed with her, but we respected Mrs. Reagan’s steadfast belief in America. On behalf of the Board of Directors, members and staff of Interfaith Alliance, we offer our condolences to the family and friends of our former first lady.”

 

Interfaith Alliance Mourns the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

WASHINGTON – Today, following the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of Interfaith Alliance, released this statement:

“Today we mourn the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. From his stalwart support of religious belief and practice to his fiery dissent from LGBT equality cases, Justice Scalia did more to define the contours of religious freedom in the United States than perhaps any other leader in recent memory. While we may not have always shared his vision of the First Amendment, we honor and commemorate his contribution to the work to safeguard our first freedom. We call on President Obama and Congress to swiftly act to appoint a successor for Justice Scalia; the Constitution is too important not to be protected by a full bench.”