July 30, 2021 

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Interfaith Alliance Celebrates Biden Nominees for Key Religious Freedom Roles

WASHINGTON — Today’s announced nominees for key roles in the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom will be instrumental in maintaining an inclusive vision of religious freedom. Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the below statement commending the nomination of these four leaders as true champions of religious freedom for people of all faiths and none.

When President Biden took office seven months ago, we noted that we looked forward to working with the new administration to restore a positive vision of religious freedom that celebrates Americans of all beliefs and experiences. Today’s nominations of Rashad Hussain, Deborah Lipstadt, Khizr Khan, and Sharon Kleinbaum to key religious freedom roles confirms to us that the administration takes seriously its constitutional promise to protect Americans of all faiths and none.

Each of these nominees bring to the role a wealth of knowledge and a steadfast commitment to equality, liberty and justice. In fact, Khizr Khan was the 2017 recipient of Interfaith Alliance’s Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award, which recognizes individuals who courageously promote democratic values, defend religious freedom, and reinvigorate informed civic participation.

“From combating Christian nationalism and white supremacy, to protecting and furthering LGBTQ+ equality, to strengthening our public schools, there is so much work to be done to uphold a vision of religious freedom that works for all Americans. We look forward to working with each of these leaders in their new roles. Without a doubt, today is a good day for religious freedom.”

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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