ADL Welcomes Appointment of Melissa Rogers As New White House Faith Based Director

New York, NY, March 13, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the appointment of Melissa Rogers as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director issued the following statement:

The President has chosen wisely and well. Melissa Rogers has been a great and articulate champion for religious liberty throughout her advocacy and academic career.

As Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, she led the efforts to identify needed church-state and anti-discrimination reforms of the Faith-Based Initiative as it had been previously administered by Bush Administration officials – including efforts to eliminate the possibility of proselytizing and discrimination against program beneficiaries.

Religious institutions have played a vital role in addressing many of our nation’s most pressing social needs, as a critical complement to government-funded programs. We look forward to working with Ms. Rogers now to fully realize the potential of these government partnerships with religiously-affiliated and community-based organizations, and we will continue to work to ensure that appropriate church-state and anti-discrimination safeguards are firmly in place.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.