Washington, D.C. – Following President Obama’s oval office address to the American people, Interfaith Alliance Executive Director Rabbi Jack Moline praised the President for providing a path forward and for rejecting the continued demonization of the Muslim community.  

“President Obama delivered an important message to the American people tonight. He made clear the serious threat we face from violent extremism and he laid out a path to face those who threaten us. Equally important was the President’s willingness to tell the American people that Islam itself is not the threat. I have been proud to work with members of the American Muslim community who work day in and day out to combat violent extremism. As the President said, they are an important part of the fight against terrorism.”

“Sadly, far too many of our political leaders have chosen to demonize the Muslim community to score cheap political points. Their words only serve as a recruitment tool to our enemies. Interfaith Alliance stands with the President in believing the way through this crisis is to embrace our values of religious freedom, inclusion and engagement, not abandon them”

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.