1. Action Alert
  2. Immigrants & Refugees, U.S. Wars & Militarism

Oppose the Creation of a Religious Registry

By Yasmine Taeb, January 19, 2017

A religious registry -- or any registry that validates religious discrimination -- runs fundamentally counter to the First Amendment. We need to speak out against religious discrimination in all forms.

Oppose Creation of a Religious Registry

Urge your representative to support H.R. 489

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Registries like the one proposed have a dark history. Too often, they’re just the beginning of violence and further discrimination. With hate crimes against Muslims and those perceived as Muslims already on the rise, this registry would further entrench Islamophobia in the U.S. We need to stop a religious registry before it takes hold.

Fortunately, we can take productive steps to oppose this proposal. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) has re-introduced legislation to prohibit the creation or use of a registry based on religious affiliation. This bill reaffirms a basic constitutional right and should be supported by every member in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Yasmine Taeb

  • Legislative Director for Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Yasmine directs FCNL’s work on a number of human rights and civil liberties issues, including lobbying for increased resettlement of refugees, more transparency and oversight of the U.S. lethal drones program, calling for the closure of Guantanamo, and for the repeal of the 2001 AUMF, among other issues.