Press Releases

Interfaith Alliance Responds to Donald Trump’s Questioning of Chris Matthews' Faith

WASHINGTON – During an interview today Chris Matthews asked Donald Trump whether he believed women should be punished for having an abortion, Mr. Trump responded by challenging Mr. Matthews about whether he agreed with his own faiths teachings on the issue. While Interfaith Alliance is neither a pro-choice nor pro-life organization, the organization monitors the use and abuse of religion in government and on the campaign trail. Following this troubling interaction, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released this statement:

“While answering an important question about whether his position on abortion would include penalties for the women who seek them, Donald Trump, chose to make his answer about the interviewer’s faith, asking Chris Mathews if he was aware of the Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion. All those who cherish religious freedom should be concerned when a candidate for President frames public policy positons around religion rather than the law.

“Chris Matthews’ response powerfully demonstrated what the Constitution asks from all Americans: to consider the secular good for people of all religions while holding true to your understanding of your own faith. And understanding that being true to your faith does not require imposing those beliefs on others by codifying them in to law. Any candidate for public office, much less the highest office in the land, should demonstrate an understanding of the First Amendment’s promise of freedom of religion.”

Interfaith Alliance calls out candidates for abandoning the constitution in favor of political expediency

Washington, DC – Following the tragic bombings in Brussels, Interfaith Alliance president, Rabbi Jack Moline, called on candidates to offer serious solutions to our nation’s safety and security needs rather than offer suggestions that abandon our constitutional principals.

“Yesterday’s bombing of civilian targets in Brussels is another devastating moment in the fight against terrorism. It again reminds us all that we yet face serious threats to our safety and security. And it is a reminder that we need serious leaders with practical solutions that can actually achieve the goal of greater security. Sadly, some of our presidential candidates fell short of that goal yesterday. Instead they chose to use this tragic moment to suggest violating the rights of religious minorities. Senator Ted Cruz suggested that we ‘patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.” Donald Trump proposed ‘we change our laws’ to allow for torture.

“Our America, the one worth fighting for, protects the rights that are at the very foundation of our democracy, and does not abandon them in the name of political expediency. My appreciation is deep to Governor Kasich, Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders for their constructive reactions.”

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.”