Feb 09 2016
CEO and Executive Vice President
National Rifle Association
11250 Waples Mill Rd,
Fairfax, VA 22030
February 9, 2016
Dear Mr. LaPierre,
I write to you today as both a Rabbi, a leader in the Jewish community for more than three decades, and as the executive director of Interfaith Alliance, a national organization with members representing more than 75 faith traditions. Our members share the same basic commitments that your leadership and organization profess – to defend America’s promise of faith and freedom. And yet, I must say, that the recent actions of your organization, and your board member Ted Nugent, have been both deeply troubling and profoundly counterproductive to the goals we seek.
One cannot ascribe nefarious religious motivation to our public servants without jeopardizing the basic promise of the Constitution that people of all faiths should have equal participation in our government. One cannot couple those allegations with violent rhetoric without threatening the very basic right to life and liberty of people of faith in the United States.
As a lover of the Constitution, I respect your organization’s commitment to the 2nd Amendment, but I do not believe that it is coincidental that our Founders put the freedom of religion first. Our organization’s board includes gun owners and advocates of restrictions on firearms alike, but they are united in their rejection of stereotyping and bigotry.
Mr. Nugent’s latest outrage cannot be explained away. As long as the National Rifle Association includes him as an official board member or even as a “celebrity endorser” we will consider this blending of advocacy for your issues and hate rhetoric to be reflective of the position of the NRA. Nothing short of complete and permanent repudiation will sever the link between your organization and religious bigotry.
Both the Republican Jewish Coalition and the National Jewish Democratic Council have condemned Mr. Nugent’s posting and characterized it accurate. NJDC said, “Nugent should be ashamed for promoting anti-Semitic content” and RJC tweeted, “The item Ted Nugent posted is anti-Semitic and a disappointment. Such hate has no place in our society.” Mr. Nugent, as you know, responded to criticism by equating his critics with Nazis.
I will watch carefully for your response.
Rabbi Jack Moline,
Interfaith Alliance Celebrates President Obama’s Rejection of Anti-Muslim Bigotry in Final State of the Union
Jan 13 2016
Washington – Following President Obama’s final State of the Union address, in which he made a strong call for a new politics and powerfully rejected anti-Muslim bigotry, Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of Interfaith Alliance, released this statement:
“The president made a powerful call tonight for a new politics, one that rejects bigotry, hatred and division. He demonstrated that commitment to a politics of inclusion tonight by rejecting anti-Muslim bigotry and standing for religious freedom. It is incumbent upon each of us to answer the President’s call to ensure that the legacy endures and the state of our first freedom remains strong."
Dec 07 2015
WASHINGTON – In response to recent proposals to block Muslims from immigrating to the United States, Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of Interfaith Alliance, released this statement:
“A country that discriminates against individuals on the basis of their faith would be a poor excuse for America. Rooting our nation’s immigration policy in religious bigotry and discrimination will not make America great again.”
Interfaith Alliance Thanks President Obama for Rejecting the Demonization of the American Muslim Community in His Oval Office Address
Dec 07 2015
Washington, D.C. – Following President Obama’s oval office address to the American people, Interfaith Alliance Executive Director Rabbi Jack Moline praised the President for providing a path forward and for rejecting the continued demonization of the Muslim community.
“President Obama delivered an important message to the American people tonight. He made clear the serious threat we face from violent extremism and he laid out a path to face those who threaten us. Equally important was the President’s willingness to tell the American people that Islam itself is not the threat. I have been proud to work with members of the American Muslim community who work day in and day out to combat violent extremism. As the President said, they are an important part of the fight against terrorism.”
“Sadly, far too many of our political leaders have chosen to demonize the Muslim community to score cheap political points. Their words only serve as a recruitment tool to our enemies. Interfaith Alliance stands with the President in believing the way through this crisis is to embrace our values of religious freedom, inclusion and engagement, not abandon them"