Washington – Following President Obama’s final State of the Union address, in which he made a strong call for a new politics and powerfully rejected anti-Muslim bigotry, Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of Interfaith Alliance, released this statement:

“The president made a powerful call tonight for a new politics, one that rejects bigotry, hatred and division. He demonstrated that commitment to a politics of inclusion tonight by rejecting anti-Muslim bigotry and standing for religious freedom. It is incumbent upon each of us to answer the President’s call to ensure that the legacy endures and the state of our first freedom remains strong.”

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 interfaithalliance.org.