Following the oral arguments in U.S. Supreme Court case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, called on justices to protect religious liberty and to not issue a license to discriminate:
“After closely watching today’s arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, we are gravely concerned for the state of religious liberty in this country. The Supreme Court is dangerously close to issuing licenses to discriminate under the guise of religious liberty.
“If they rule in support of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the justices will cement precedent undermining church-state separation that they set in their Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer decision earlier this year.
“The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing the baker, is the same virulently anti-LGBT organization that drove the Trinity Lutheran case. One case at a time, they are chipping away at the Establishment Clause and the U.S. Constitution. And they will keep chipping away at it until the government is run by and for the political religious right.”
Interfaith Alliance signed two amicus briefs in the case, including one organized by Muslim Advocates and Columbia Law School’s Public Rights/Private Conscience Project, and one by the Anti-Defamation League.
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.