Washington, DC – Rev. Dr. Welton Gaddy, President of The Interfaith Alliance issued the following statement in response to a letter sent by U.S. Representative Virgil Good (R-VA) to John Cruickshank, the chair of a local chapter of the Sierra Club in Virginia:


Representative Goode’s comments about the Quran and Muslims are further evidence of the deterioration of tolerance and religious liberty in this country.  It is beyond belief that an elected representative of the American people would so willfully demonize another religion based on nothing but xenophobic nonsense.  It would seem to me that when taking the oath of office, one should place their hand on the book that holds the most meaning for them – be that the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Quran, or the Constitution.

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