Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s revised executive order on refugees and immigration:
“President Trump’s revised executive order is still a Muslim ban, and it’s still bigoted and un-American. Despite efforts by the President and his administration to spin the executive order as a security measure, the truth is self-evident. Today’s action is fueled by anti-Muslim bigotry and motivated by a desire to score political points – not keep Americans safe.
“As a candidate, President Trump called for a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.’ In one of his first acts in office, he sought to deliver on that promise. In so doing, he shredded America’s proud legacy as a nation of immigrants and safe bastion for refugees escaping persecution and strife.
“Even in its slightly revised form, President Trump’s Muslim ban violates constitutional principles and undermines America’s standing in the world. We must be clear that discriminating against millions of people on the basis of their religion does nothing to make Americans safer.
“Interfaith Alliance will aggressively fight religious bigotry in all its forms. Now we look to the courts, Congress and the American people to restore what makes American great – our freedom and diversity.”
Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.