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From the Center for American Progress, “While significant work remains to undo the harmful ways in which the Trump admin...
02/26/2022
7 Ways the Biden Administration Advanced Religious Liberty During Its First Year

From the Center for American Progress, “While significant work remains to undo the harmful ways in which the Trump administration eroded religious liberty, the Biden administration has set itself on a course to restore the separation of church and state.”

At home and abroad, the Biden administration is restoring a commitment to religious liberty for all.

Congratulations to our partners at Interfaith Youth Core on this week's launch of the Black Interfaith Project!
02/25/2022
Doug Emhoff highlights Black interfaith contributions as new project launches

Congratulations to our partners at Interfaith Youth Core on this week's launch of the Black Interfaith Project!

(RNS) — As the Black Interfaith Project launches, Emhoff said his interfaith marriage with Kamala Harris followed the discovery that their joint values were rooted in their different faiths.

We applaud President Biden’s historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and urge the Senate to examine her commi...
02/25/2022
Interfaith Alliance Applauds ‘Historic’ Supreme Court Nomination, Urges Senate to Examine Judge Jackson’s Commitment to Religious Freedom - Interfaith Alliance

We applaud President Biden’s historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and urge the Senate to examine her commitment to protecting true religious freedom. #JusticeForAll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 25, 2022 CONTACTJonny Levenfeld, West End Strategy [email protected]; Phone: 202-704-4535 Interfaith Alliance Applauds …

TODAY at 2:00pm ET: One year into the Biden presidency, Rabbi Jack Moline joins the Center for American Progress to refl...
02/25/2022
A Look Back on the Biden Administration’s First Year on Religious Liberty

TODAY at 2:00pm ET: One year into the Biden presidency, Rabbi Jack Moline joins the Center for American Progress to reflect on the administration’s progress in advancing true religious freedom. Register below:

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion of the Biden administration’s efforts to protect the rights and safety of religious minorities and the nonreligious, here and around the world, and to safeguard the nation’s separation of church and state.

TOMORROW at 2:00pm ET: Rabbi Jack Moline joins a Center for American Progress panel to discuss the Biden administration’...
02/24/2022
A Look Back on the Biden Administration’s First Year on Religious Liberty

TOMORROW at 2:00pm ET: Rabbi Jack Moline joins a Center for American Progress panel to discuss the Biden administration’s record on protecting true religious freedom. RSVP here:

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion of the Biden administration’s efforts to protect the rights and safety of religious minorities and the nonreligious, here and around the world, and to safeguard the nation’s separation of church and state.

Here’s an easy way to determine whether you should compare something to the Holocaust. If the thing you’re talking about...
02/23/2022
Holocaust Survivors Condemn Anti-Vaccine Protesters’ Use Of Nazi Imagery

Here’s an easy way to determine whether you should compare something to the Holocaust. If the thing you’re talking about isn’t the Holocaust, then don’t do it.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jewish advocacy groups urged anti-vaccine activists to stop using the yellow Star of David and other Holocaust imagery.

“As a believer, I see racial and ethnic diversity as an expression of God’s manifold beauty,” writes JemarTisby on #Blac...
02/23/2022
Why Christians Should Celebrate Black History Month

“As a believer, I see racial and ethnic diversity as an expression of God’s manifold beauty,” writes JemarTisby on #BlackHistoryMonth.

Jemar Tisby makes a case for the relevance and importance of Black History Month.

Religious freedom is central to our nation. But it cannot be used as a license to endanger public health. People of fait...
02/22/2022
Unvaccinated medical workers turn to religious exemptions

Religious freedom is central to our nation. But it cannot be used as a license to endanger public health. People of faith share a mandate to care for one another.

When nurse Julia Buffo was told by her Montana hospital that she had to be vaccinated against COVID-19, she responded by filling out paperwork declaring that the shots run afoul of her religious beliefs.

Interfaith Alliance is only as strong as our supporters. Learn more about how to get involved with our grassroots affili...
02/22/2022
Local Affiliates - Interfaith Alliance

Interfaith Alliance is only as strong as our supporters. Learn more about how to get involved with our grassroots affiliates!

Interfaith Alliance is committed to its grassroots base. Interfaith Alliance encourages interested groups and individuals to …

Public money belongs in public schools. Using taxpayer dollars to fund a partnership between a Christian institution and...
02/21/2022
Freedom From Religion Foundation decries Gov. decision to partner with Christian college

Public money belongs in public schools. Using taxpayer dollars to fund a partnership between a Christian institution and Tennessee’s education system is a blatant violation of the constitution.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. --The non-profit Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is targeting Tennessee Governor Bill Lee's decision to partner with a Christian institution to open public charter schools in the state. The organization, which focuses on the separation of church and state, is targeting the d...

This Presidents’ Day, we reaffirm our commitment to upholding what the founders saw as the bedrock of our democracy: tru...
02/21/2022

This Presidents’ Day, we reaffirm our commitment to upholding what the founders saw as the bedrock of our democracy: true religious freedom, for people of all faiths and none.

As hate groups become more vocal, visible, and violent, we must redouble our efforts to make our communities more inclus...
02/20/2022
Partnering Against Hate - Interfaith Alliance

As hate groups become more vocal, visible, and violent, we must redouble our efforts to make our communities more inclusive.

All people, no matter where we live or who we are, deserve to feel safe and …

The Religious Right’s push for vaccine exemptions represents “a hijacking of religion to justify political or cultural s...
02/20/2022
Many faith leaders wary of religious exemptions for vaccine

The Religious Right’s push for vaccine exemptions represents “a hijacking of religion to justify political or cultural stances,” says Curtis Chang of Redeeming Babel.

By the thousands, Americans have been seeking religious exemptions in order to circumvent COVID-19 vaccine mandates

Interfaith Alliance joins with our friends and neighbors who face discrimination, with the knowledge that our freedoms a...
02/18/2022
Protecting Religious Minorities - Interfaith Alliance

Interfaith Alliance joins with our friends and neighbors who face discrimination, with the knowledge that our freedoms are inextricably tied to theirs. Learn more about our work to protect religious minorities:

Ours is a nation of values, founded on the ideal that all people are created equal. …

“Standing up for LGBTQ rights is an essential expression of my religious freedom,” writes Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz in the...
02/18/2022
Opinion: Only federal law can fully protect LGBTQ Iowans

“Standing up for LGBTQ rights is an essential expression of my religious freedom,” writes Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

I’ve witnessed the continued struggles LGBTQ people confront — and I know that our state’s nondiscrimination protections are not enough to shield them.

Interfaith Alliance advances religious freedom through strategic advocacy and by spotlighting cases that impact the boun...
02/18/2022
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Interfaith Alliance advances religious freedom through strategic advocacy and by spotlighting cases that impact the boundary between religion and government. Learn more here:

This page no longer exists or has been moved. Please view our sitemap below: Celebrating 25 Years of Advocacy COVID Doesn’t Discriminate: Social Distancing Must Apply to Religious and Secular Activities Alike Donna Red Wing- Mentor, Fierce Advocate, Friend Follow the Money: COVID Emergency Funds A...

ICYMI: Last week, Rabbi @NancyKasten2 and Pastor @bobrobertsjr joined @JackMoline to discuss how we can address religiou...
02/17/2022
"An Interfaith Response to Hate," A Panel Discussion - Interfaith Alliance

ICYMI: Last week, Rabbi @NancyKasten2 and Pastor @bobrobertsjr joined @JackMoline to discuss how we can address religious extremism in our communities in the aftermath of Colleyville. Watch here:

In the aftermath of the horrific hostage crisis at the Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, Interfaith …

“This country’s security agencies failed epically in their treatment of Muslim Americans after the 9/11 attacks by infri...
02/17/2022
The Hypocrisy of American Islamophobia

“This country’s security agencies failed epically in their treatment of Muslim Americans after the 9/11 attacks by infringing on their civil liberties, while abridging or disregarding constitutional protections for millions of innocent people.”

This country’s security agencies continue their laser focus on monitoring Muslim Americans, even as they grossly underestimate the threat from white supremacists.

Without racial justice, religious freedom is an incomplete promise. #BlackHistoryMonth
02/16/2022

Without racial justice, religious freedom is an incomplete promise. #BlackHistoryMonth

A year ago yesterday, Melissa Rogers re-took the helm of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partners...
02/15/2022
Interfaith Alliance Celebrates Appointment of Melissa Rogers to White House Faith Office, Reiterates Need for Church-State Separation - Interfaith Alliance

A year ago yesterday, Melissa Rogers re-took the helm of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Melissa has always been a steadfast advocate for championing true religious freedom for those of all faiths and none.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 14, 2021 CONTACTManisha Sunil, West End Strategy [email protected]; Phone: 202-417-0171 Interfaith Alliance Celebrates …

“[R]ight-wing Christians are turning religious freedom on its head, distorting it into a license to violate religious fr...
02/15/2022
Opinion: A Tennessee couple's struggle to adopt shows religious freedom is under siege in America

“[R]ight-wing Christians are turning religious freedom on its head, distorting it into a license to violate religious freedom, by discriminating against religious minorities, the nonreligious and other Americans who hold beliefs that differ from theirs."

Right-wing Christians don't get to create a parallel legal system that conforms to their conservative theology. There should be one set of laws that applies to all of us and protects the rights and safety of all Americans to freely practice their faith, write Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons and Maggie Si...

“Thomas Jefferson wrote of the wall of separation between church and state, not realizing there would ever become a need...
02/14/2022
Conservatives brewing a new brand of 'classical education'

“Thomas Jefferson wrote of the wall of separation between church and state, not realizing there would ever become a need for a wall of separation between church and school.”

This brand of “classical education” packages history as a happy thing, where no (white) Americans ever did anything wrong.

Religious, racial, and cultural diversity enrich all of our communities and are among our nation’s greatest strengths. #...
02/14/2022
Black Muslim life honored in new online portrait exhibit

Religious, racial, and cultural diversity enrich all of our communities and are among our nation’s greatest strengths. #BlackHistoryMonth

(RNS) — Captured in dramatic lighting and paired with audio clips, the portraits highlight the beauty and diversity within the Black Muslim experience.

“We’ll only get a firm handle on the increasingly dangerous expressions of freedom ideology by examining their roots in ...
02/13/2022
The Missing Element in the Conversation on Christian Nationalism and Freedom: Whiteness

“We’ll only get a firm handle on the increasingly dangerous expressions of freedom ideology by examining their roots in racism and racism-drenched religion.”

Christian nationalism and racism are inextricably linked.

A new report released Wednesday by a trio of groups, both Christian and secular, on the role played by white Christian nationalists in the January 6 storming of the Capitol will open some eyes, and that’s all to the good. But as the report’s authors make clear, the Christian nationalist embrace ...

ICYMI: On Thursday, Dallas faith leaders joined us to discuss how we can combat hate in our communities, and how interfa...
02/12/2022
"An Interfaith Response to Hate," A Panel Discussion - Interfaith Alliance

ICYMI: On Thursday, Dallas faith leaders joined us to discuss how we can combat hate in our communities, and how interfaith partnerships are a vital tool in this effort. Watch the event here:

In the aftermath of the horrific hostage crisis at the Beth Israel Congregation in Colleyville, Interfaith …

On Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, multi-faith leaders from the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Catholics for C...
02/12/2022
But God Didn’t Say That: Female Religious Leaders Talk God and Abortion

On Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, multi-faith leaders from the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Catholics for Choice, and Repro Legal Defense Fund underscore how the radical campaign against reproductive rights is out of step with most of Americans of faith.

Sam sits down with religious leaders (Jaime Manson, Rafa Kidvai, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg) to learn how their counterparts on The Right have successfully melte...

“With the resurgence of radicalized white power movements, many are now forced to confront the reality called white supr...
02/11/2022
Perspective | A U.S.-born Muslim has a question for racists: Go back to where?

“With the resurgence of radicalized white power movements, many are now forced to confront the reality called white supremacy that the rest of us have had to deal with our entire lives."

Wajahat Ali, an author and commentator, writes: "I am about as American as chicken korma, apple pie and chai, but even after 40 years I’m still told to ‘go back.’ ”

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Hundreds of people gathered in Des Moines for the Freedom to Believe Rally to push back against discrimination and hate after hate filled letters and anti-Semitic voicemails were left at Islamic centers and a synagogue across the area. These come just weeks after local Black churches received bomb threats and law makers were targeted with hate speech and death threats. "We're going to have to use our voices, our education and our reasoning skills if we're going to reclaim this state..." Interfaith Alliance http://ow.ly/qJLT50HRQ37
I joined Interfaith Alliance’s Connie Ryan & a group of community leaders this week in a public call against extremism in #Iowa. As The Des Moines Register’s Rekha Basu writes: “This isn't about Republican or Democratic. It's about a new extremism that's drowning out any other agenda. Democrats and Republicans must work together to stop it.” Thank you, Connie, for bringing us together for such an important mission. Full article: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/rekha-basu/2022/02/04/iowa-legislature-extremists-policy-rhetoric-fuel-hatred-critics-say/6647698001/
"Legal and legislative efforts to address hate-based violence are key tools to keep us safe. But equally essential are grassroots efforts that confront bias and bigotry on a local level. Religious congregations and faith groups are uniquely positioned to push back against hateful rhetoric by providing an alternative message of love and inclusion. In accordance with our most sacred values, each one of us has an obligation to act to protect our friends and neighbors." Thank you Interfaith Alliance for creating the "Partnering Against Hate Toolkit." https://www.interfaithalliance.org/partnering-against-hate/ Explore the guide and sign up for our program "Keeping Religious Communities Safe," happening virtually this Thursday in collaboration with Central Reform Congregation. Register at: https://interfaithstl.org/safety2022/
Hope is a thing with...movement. Let's grasp this chance, this moment, to choose how, when, and where we act on our hope. We also invite you to find strength in the good news and in expressing gratitude. If you have only ten minutes, we welcome you to take our top three actions: Action 1: Keep election administration in your state from being usurped. Action 3: Help eligible incarcerated people vote. Action 5: Demand protections for child farmworkers.
VOICE OF A COMMON GOODER THE COMMON GOOD LEAGUE PHILOSOPHY The Common Good League is not a formal organization or movement (at least not as-yet), but an idea. The cornerstone on which the foundation of this idea is built, is a philosophical premise which has served this nation well for most of its existence. It is the philosophical premise that: the United States was not meant to be a purely capitalistic, nor purely theocratic society, but to be a reasonable, compromised balance somewhere in between these two extremes. -Nor was meant, as-been seen within the last twenty years or so, in becoming an unholy hybrid combination of some of the worst excesses, abuses, and extremes of both capitalism and theocracy. As such, we the American people in righteous purpose, and in both secular and spiritual justice-loving intent in and against, the excesses, abuses, and extremes of both capitalism and religious theocracy. and in and against, what threatens are Democracy and way of life, -That of those forces of Plutocracy, and religious-sectarian subversion and coercion, and the use of the engine of government to aid, abet, and force, coerce, and impose them as such on American society. We the American people shall challenge, and we shall confront, and we shall overcome these domestic threats from within, To protect and preserve our Nation and society. SO SAY WE ALL! SO SAY WE ALL! (May 22, 2018)
VOICE OF A COMMON GOODER The Klein Case in New York in 1989, was the "smoking gun" The Klein Case in New York in 1989, was the "smoking gun" that revealed Anti Choicer’s intend to prevent abortion, -EVEN WHEN A WOMAN'S LIFE IS MEDICALLY ENDANGERED! -So these "Pro-lifers" FOOL NO ONE! So, like the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, PRO-CHOICE PEOPLE MUST STAND FIRM GROUND SO SAY WE ALL! (May 17, 2019)
"Each faith that has established itself in our nation has added its own flame to the candelabrum – and the expanding number of communities for whom freedom of conscience exists outside traditional religious frameworks adds to the historically unprecedented affirmation of pluralism." Thank you Rabbi Jack Moline at Interfaith Alliance for these words and your tireless work. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/12/06/hanukkah-ends-spread-freedom/8852048002/?fbclid=IwAR0DWbIk_lY-mFKIMr78HIULJ1Rjlk1ZPthFph5ywgT9d_Q-SEEXjzjXp9A
A great Hanukkah message about religious freedom in America by the president of Interfaith Alliance.
Only 48 short weeks until the midterm elections. It’s important that we support the opportunity to vote for every eligible voter and that we actively encourage those votes. Be a part of the movement. Speak up for democracy and justice with the Americans of Conscience Checklist. Even with only a few minutes you can do one or all of our top 3 actions on the current list: and you can find them and more here: Action 1: Protect election workers from violent threats. https://americansofconscience.com/12-03-2021/#action1 Contact your senators: Help millions of workers and immigrating people while creating jobs and fighting climate change by passing the Build Back Better Act https://americansofconscience.com/12-03-2021/... . Action 4: Advocate with Black aspiring Americans for civil and human rights.https://americansofconscience.com/12-03-2021/#action4
On December 1, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments surrounding Mississippi's blatantly unconstitutional 15-week ban in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. Equal access to abortion care — everywhere — is essential for social and economic equality, reproductive autonomy, and the right to determine our own lives. CCAR is proud to join the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Catholics for Choice, Interfaith Alliance, Muslim Advocates, and more faith-based organizations that know that #AbortionIsEssential! Join us in D.C. on Wednesday, December 1 for an Interfaith Gathering for Abortion Access. The event will open with a faith-rooted expression of support for abortion access, honoring the dignity and worth of every person who seeks an abortion, and calling upon the Court to uphold this fundamental right. • RSVP at https://ccar.co/abortionisessential
We need your voice now to have November 2022 midterms accurately reflect our nation's collective voice. Open the Americans of Conscience Checklist for well-researched, non-partisan actions. Our top ask this week is to contact your senators to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (S. 4) to protect the voting rights of all Americans.
Our Executive Director Rev. Fletcher Harper joined Rev. Welton Gaddy on Interfaith Alliance's State Of Belief to discuss GreenFaith at #COP26.