Statement of Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy on
The “No Mob Vote” ad in today’s New York Times
Washington, DC – Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement today in response to the “No Mob Veto” ad in today’s New York Times. Signed by thirteen faith leaders, including some of the biggest names on the Religious Right, the ad condemns violence and intimidation against houses of worship, specifically in this case the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS).
“I am pleased to see the newfound commitment of some of my friends on the right to fight against anti-religious bigotry and violence against houses of worship. These are principles that have been at the core of the Interfaith Alliance’s mission since its founding. “
“While I wholeheartedly disagree with the position of the LDS church on proposition 8, I agree with the signers of the ad that they have every right to their opinion. I do wonder if the signers will be willing to spend tens-of-thousands of dollars along with their prestige the next time a primarily gay congregation’s legitimacy is called in to question, or a mosque is targeted for harassment. “
“I invite the ad’s signers to prove me wrong. I invite them to encourage houses of worship across the country to engage in dialogue across the political spectrum. Not to proselytize, but to build understanding. Not to change theology, but to understand each other’s theological perspective. “
# # #
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 has 185,000 members across the country from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org
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 interfaithalliance.org.