August 17, 2022

Jonny Levenfeld, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-704-4535

Interfaith Alliance: Attack on Salman Rushdie is an Attack on Free Expression Worldwide

WASHINGTON—In the wake of the heinous attack on author Salman Rushdie last week in New York, religious freedom advocates assert that threats to free expression endanger the free exercise of belief. The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, interim president and CEO of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:

“The attack on Salman Rushdie was a stark reminder that our most basic rights of freedom of expression and freedom of belief are intertwined and under siege. True religious freedom means people of all faiths and none are able to exercise their beliefs freely without fear of harm or discrimination.

“Non-religious people are owed the same protections as all Americans. Violently encroaching upon these rights betrays our democratic values. I join leaders across diverse faith communities nationwide to condemn this deplorable act and pray that Salman Rushdie recovers quickly and fully.”

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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