Washington, DC – Interfaith Alliance president, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, released the following statement today following Rabbi David Saperstein’s nomination as U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom by President Barack Obama. Saperstein is a longtime member of Interfaith Alliance Foundation’s board of directors.

“President Obama’s appointment of Rabbi David Saperstein as U.S. Ambassador for International religious freedom is the best possible decision that he could have made for this office. David has been a friend and ally in our efforts to protect religious freedom here in the United States and around the world. Interfaith Alliance Foundation has been honored to have him as a longtime member of our board. Additionally, we have been proud to partner with him throughout his four decades as the leader of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. During that time, David has served as a model in the social justice community for building relationships based on respect and understanding. These are skills that will serve him well in his new role.”

“Now, more than ever, we need an ambassador who understands the challenges we face on a global scale. We need someone who is deeply committed to changing the lives of people whose freedom of conscience is severely restricted because of who they are or where they live. David Saperstein understands these challenges and will work to protect the rights of all people regardless of their faith or belief.”

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 interfaithalliance.org.