January 28, 2020

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Interfaith Alliance Applauds Introduction of the Justice for Victims of Hate Crimes Act

‘But-for’ loophole legislative fix is applauded by America’s only national interfaith organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of both religion and democracy.

WASHINGTON — Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, applauded the introduction of the Justice for Victims of Hate Crimes Act by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Lisa Murkowski, saying:

“At a tense moment on Capitol Hill, Interfaith Alliance applauds Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Murkowski (R-AK) for bridging bipartisan divides to better meet the needs of Americans impacted by hate. The Justice for Victims of Hate Crimes Act will ensure that prosecutors can effectively identify, track, and prosecute crimes motivated by the victim’s membership, perceived or actual, in a protected group.

“Acts of intimidation, violence, and harassment impact the long-term wellbeing of the victim – along with their family, friends, and the community to which they belong. The First Amendment right to religious freedom depends on every American’s ability to believe and practice their faith without fear.

“Since its inception, Interfaith Alliance has been a staunch supporter of hate crimes legislation and of efforts to prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place. As hate groups become more vocal, visible, and violent, it is more important than ever to strengthen our commitment to those targeted because of their faith. Today’s announcement is an essential step in protecting this fundamental right, particularly for members of minority faiths, and will create much needed opportunities for victims to heal.”

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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