WASHINGTON –Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends, family and constituents of Senator Frank Lautenberg. He was a true friend and ally in the cause of protecting religious freedom and the equal rights of every American regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. He was the last of the World War II generation in the Senate, a war that profoundly shaped the actions of him and his colleagues. His experience and his wisdom will be missed, and those that come after him would do wise to look to his legacy for guidance.”

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 interfaithalliance.org.