Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote to advance Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate:
“As a federal judge, Neil Gorsuch ruled on two of the most consequential religious freedom cases of our time. In each case, he sided against genuine religious freedom and empowered groups seeking to force their religious beliefs onto others.
“Given this troubling record, it was critical that Gorsuch explain his rulings during his confirmation hearing and discuss his constitutional approach to weighing the religious freedom claims of some against the civil rights of others. At issue is whether he believes religious freedom provides a right to discriminate against religious minorities, women, LGBT people and others.
“Unfortunately, Gorsuch consistently dodged questions about his approach to critical constitutional issues. As a result, we know no more today than we did before his hearing.
“The religious freedom promised by the Constitution and envisioned by our founders is one where every person’s faith is protected and no one’s faith is used to harm others. However, Gorsuch’s record and evasive testimony suggest that he believes otherwise.
“Senators must carefully examine Gorsuch’s record and seek further clarification to determine whether he would uphold religious freedom for all. Gorsuch’s personal warmth and intellect may be undeniable, but so are our constitutional rights.”
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.