Dear Friends and Members of TIAR,
We have now had a few days to process the implications of the 2016 presidential election. We are just now starting to see what the incoming Trump administration will look like. And just as we did when President Obama was preparing to take office, we are making clear our commitment to protect religious freedom for all Americans.
The rhetoric of the campaign gives me reason to be deeply concerned about what the future may hold. And we can’t afford to wait and see if a President Trump will make good on his campaign promises to roll back the religious freedom protections we have fought so hard to secure over the last 8 years, including rights for the LGBT community, respect for Muslim Americans and rules against discrimination by religious institutions that use taxpayer dollars.
Time is of the essence: those on the Religious Right are not wasting any time in taking credit for this election and inserting themselves into the new administration. Just yesterday, Franklin Graham sent out a tweet saying “I believe God’s hand intervened Tuesday night to stop the godless, atheistic progressive agenda from taking control.”
I can tell you as a man of faith and a member of the clergy for more than three decades, the results of Tuesday’s election were a mortal act, not divine. The Trump presidency is a reality, but it does not – and will not – require us to sit idly by as our religious freedom is chipped away.
I am reaching out to Mr. Trump’s transition team and making sure our voice is heard. I need you to do the same. Let me ask you to do two things.
- Let Mr. Trump know that you expect him to protect the religious freedom of all Americans regardless of their faith or belief. Let him know that you expect him to respect the rights of religious minorities, and you expect him to hold the line on LGBT equality. Visit his transition team website (http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp…) and tell him your concerns.
- Choose three friends or family to share this email with and ask them to join the effort by signing up for our mailing list (http://org2.salsalabs.com/dia/track.jsp…) and following us on Facebook.
Now is the time to engage, now is the time to make your voice heard, and now is the time to expand our base.
A core principle of Interfaith Alliance is our belief that we can unite diverse voices to challenge extremism and build common ground. Please take a moment to help us do that and engage those around you to join our effort.
Rabbi Jack Moline
President, Interfaith Alliance