February 14, 2021 

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Interfaith Alliance Celebrates Appointment of Melissa Rogers to White House Faith Office, Reiterates Need for Church-State Separation

WASHINGTON — In response to the announcement that Melissa Rogers will lead the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the below statement emphasizing the need for such an office to respect the boundaries between religion and government, while also praising the appointment of religious freedom advocate Melissa Rogers: 

Today’s announcement that President Biden will reestablish an Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is one we will watch with caution to ensure it respects the vital boundaries between religion and government, especially as it relates to transparency regarding the use of federal money for religious initiatives. At the same time, we applaud the decision to appoint Melissa Rogers to run the office. Melissa has proven time and again her commitment to the wall of separation between church and state and we are hopeful that with her at the helm, the Office will champion true religious freedom for those of all faiths and none.” 

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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