Washington, DC – Interfaith Alliance President, Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, issued the following statement today following President Barack Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court:

President Obama exercised one of his most important responsibilities today in nominating Elena Kagan to be a Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court’s systematic assault on the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom over the last few years makes it even more important for the U.S. Senate to thoroughly examine Ms. Kagan’s record.

More and more, the fight to protect our religious freedom is happening in the courts rather than in Congress. Given that reality, I will be particularly attentive to the nominee’s views on the importance of preventing any entanglement between the institutions of religion and government in our nation. Though this is not the only concern that merits attention and examination, support for religious freedom is crucial to maintaining the foundation on which our system of government has been constructed and sustained.



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.