Rabbi Jack Moline, President of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:

“The bigotry and violence on display in Charlottesville, Virginia must be denounced by all political leaders in no uncertain terms. It’s unthinkable that in 2017 we would see crowds of torch-wielding white supremacists and neo-Nazis proudly displaying their swastikas and Confederate flags on the University of Virginia campus.

“President Trump’s 2016 campaign fanned the flames of racial and religious bigotry. While running for office, and now as president, he has regularly embraced figures and policies beloved by the extreme right. Today’s tragic events, in which three people were killed and others were seriously injured, highlight the urgent need for President Trump to formally and forcefully disavow white supremacy. His remarks thus far are woefully inadequate.

“Every act of bigotry against innocent Americans demands swift and unequivocal condemnation from the president. Every minute of delay is further encouragement of conduct that makes America lesser. Please prove your critics wrong, Mr. President. Now is the time to show moral courage by standing up to bigotry and hate.”

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.