New Attorney General Must Vigorously Defend Religious Liberty

Washington, DC – Today the Senate Judiciary Committee issued a favorable recommendation to the full Senate on the nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey to become the next attorney general. The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of The Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:

The Interfaith Alliance is greatly troubled by the Department of Justice’s recent track record on religious liberty issues. In February 2007, the Department of Justice launched a new initiative called The First Freedom Project to purportedly expand religious liberty. But its real purpose seems to be an end-run around Congress to perpetuate the president’s unconstitutional faith-based initiative and to continue eroding the separation between the institutions of religion and government.

The Interfaith Alliance is hopeful that a change in personnel will lead to a change in policy at the Justice Department that safeguards our nation’s first freedom. Rest assured, we will continue to closely monitor the Justice Department’s actions on the critical issue of religious liberty.

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