WASHINGTON –Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends, family and constituents of Senator Frank Lautenberg. He was a true friend and ally in the cause of protecting religious freedom and the equal rights of every American regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. He was the last of the World War II generation in the Senate, a war that profoundly shaped the actions of him and his colleagues. His experience and his wisdom will be missed, and those that come after him would do wise to look to his legacy for guidance.”

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.