Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, called out President Trump’s inclusion of controversial pastors at the opening ceremony for the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem:
“President Trump’s choice of Pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress to offer a prayer at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is yet another dismissal and disparagement of any religion other than the president’s own brand of Christianity. Jeffress has publicly disrespected the faiths of Jews and Muslims (and most Christians), while Hagee’s past sermons seemingly praising the Nazis were at one point deemed disqualifying for even associating with a presidential candidate. Their appearances are likely to inflame an already complicated situation.”
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 www.interfaithalliance.org.