July 30, 2021 

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Interfaith Alliance Celebrates Biden Nominees for Key Religious Freedom Roles

WASHINGTON — Today’s announced nominees for key roles in the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom will be instrumental in maintaining an inclusive vision of religious freedom. Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the below statement commending the nomination of these four leaders as true champions of religious freedom for people of all faiths and none.

When President Biden took office seven months ago, we noted that we looked forward to working with the new administration to restore a positive vision of religious freedom that celebrates Americans of all beliefs and experiences. Today’s nominations of Rashad Hussain, Deborah Lipstadt, Khizr Khan, and Sharon Kleinbaum to key religious freedom roles confirms to us that the administration takes seriously its constitutional promise to protect Americans of all faiths and none.

Each of these nominees bring to the role a wealth of knowledge and a steadfast commitment to equality, liberty and justice. In fact, Khizr Khan was the 2017 recipient of Interfaith Alliance’s Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, which recognizes individuals who courageously promote democratic values, defend religious freedom, and reinvigorate informed civic participation.

“From combating Christian nationalism and white supremacy, to protecting and furthering LGBTQ+ equality, to strengthening our public schools, there is so much work to be done to uphold a vision of religious freedom that works for all Americans. We look forward to working with each of these leaders in their new roles. Without a doubt, today is a good day for religious freedom.”

If you are interested in speaking further with Rabbi Moline, please contact Manisha Sunil at (202) 417-0171 or


Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit