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house Bill H.R. 6382

Should the Feds be Banned From Creating a Religious Registry?

Argument in favor

The federal government should never create a registry that logs the religion of citizens, legal immigrants or people seeking to come to America. Such a registry would blatantly violate the Constitution.

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12/16/2016
Whatever happened to separation of church and state. The government cannot chose when it wants to stay separated and when it doesn't. They should be totally out of religion.
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Laurel's Opinion
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12/16/2016
Every genocide in the world has started by the government ordering a certain group of people to carry some type of identification card indicating what race, or religion they are. We saw this in Rwanda before killing against Hutu's, during apartheid in South Africa, etc. There are already strong sentiments towards muslims in America. This would only amplify the hate muslims receive. We pride nation on being the land of the free, a melting pot. With a registry, we would be shaming our founding fathers and everything this country is built on.
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HonestHorton's Opinion
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12/16/2016
This is an unconstitutional bill set to attack the freedom of religion. Anyone seeking to sacrifice a freedom for safety has been touched by paranoia and irrational fear. The very idea is invasive and will be unlikely to protect or improve the lives of anyone.
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Argument opposed

If people are willing to provide information about their religious beliefs to the government then federal agencies should be able to ask and log it in a registry. The real problem isn’t a registry, but what it could be used for.

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12/16/2016
The Constitution explicitly states that we have a right to freedom of religion as well as to keep and bare arms. Registering citizens based on the free exercise of their rights is arguably a problem. Having said that, states are requiring citizens to register their guns, California for example. It follows that registering citizens for their religion can be done too.
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Marines1994's Opinion
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12/16/2016
You mean agencies like TSA, CIA, FBI, DEA, or ATF? A little late.
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Andrew's Opinion
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12/16/2016
If creating such a registry would be "blatantly unconstitutional" why do we need another law? Also, the power of the executive branch to determine entry and exit of the country is paramount to national security. The government agencies in charge of entry/exit should be able to obtain information on people coming in and out of the country. Although I find the idea of a registry to be ineffective, I find this law could be either redundant or a major deterrent to an important executive power.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedNovember 18th, 2016

What is House Bill H.R. 6382?

This bill — known as the No Religious Registry Act — would prohibit U.S. government officials from collecting information or using a registry or database to classify people based on their religious affiliation. It would protect U.S. citizens, immigrants with legal status, and non-citizens who apply for a visa or seek admission to the U.S.

Studies related to the collection of such information by the federal government or the establishment or utilization of such a registry or database would also be prohibited.

Nothing in this bill could be interpreted as prohibiting the collection of information that’s provided voluntarily, such as during the decennial census.

Impact

People who would be questioned by the federal government about their religion; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6382

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Susan DelBene (D-WA) introduced this bill to ensure that individuals of all faiths are protected from the establishment of a national religious registry:

“President-elect Donald Trump is breaking his promise to be a President for all Americans by supporting the creation of a Muslim registry. This kind of xenophobic and hateful rhetoric has no place in our government. We cannot allow our country to disregard the civil liberties enshrined in the Constitution. My bill would prohibit the administration from violating the constitutional rights of Americans because everyone should be treated equally under our laws.”

President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team have taken fire for refusing to rule out a registry that logs Muslims in America, though he has said he never advocated for a religious-based registry. In various interviews, Trump has said that he’d consider a database for refugees that enter the country and that more surveillance, which may be facilitated by non-specific databases, is needed to counter the threat of terrorism.

This legislation has the support of 67 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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AKA

No Religious Registry Act

Official Title

To prohibit the collection of information and the establishment or utilization of a registry for the purposes of classifying certain United States persons and other individuals on the basis of religious affiliation, and for other purposes.

    Whatever happened to separation of church and state. The government cannot chose when it wants to stay separated and when it doesn't. They should be totally out of religion.
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    The Constitution explicitly states that we have a right to freedom of religion as well as to keep and bare arms. Registering citizens based on the free exercise of their rights is arguably a problem. Having said that, states are requiring citizens to register their guns, California for example. It follows that registering citizens for their religion can be done too.
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    This should not even be a question.
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    Every genocide in the world has started by the government ordering a certain group of people to carry some type of identification card indicating what race, or religion they are. We saw this in Rwanda before killing against Hutu's, during apartheid in South Africa, etc. There are already strong sentiments towards muslims in America. This would only amplify the hate muslims receive. We pride nation on being the land of the free, a melting pot. With a registry, we would be shaming our founding fathers and everything this country is built on.
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    This is an unconstitutional bill set to attack the freedom of religion. Anyone seeking to sacrifice a freedom for safety has been touched by paranoia and irrational fear. The very idea is invasive and will be unlikely to protect or improve the lives of anyone.
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    Freedom of religion is a constitutional right.
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    Aw come on. Don't you legislators even look at the Constitution. First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion (though some religions should probably be banned) This registery is nothing but a mockery of the First Amendment. Create a registery and you have wiped away that first amendment right.
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    Really? America use to be the place to come to so that you could freely practice any religion you want to
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    The creation of a religious registry harkens back to our nation's dark history of Japanese internment camps and the world's dark history of anti Semitism and the Holocaust. The federal government should never make a religious registry.
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    Are we in nazi Germany?
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    We all know why they want this and who they're actually targeting with this legislation..
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    Registration of religion makes it a short step to marginalized groups that become vulnerable to unconstitutional discrimination.
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    My Constitution says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;… But, here again the Progressives keep pushing to minimize those of faith. So Yes, pass this H.R. to prohibit this blatant attack on our Constitution. If you wish more info on this proposal, please check with Rep. Susan DelBene (D-WA)
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    Why is this even a question
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    America was founded on the principle of freedom of religion. A registry would fuel prejudice.
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    If it's okay to create a Muslim registry all of a sudden, why not have a Christian one too? You know, considering all of the heinous crimes that have been committed by white Christian men.
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    This is blatantly unconstitutional. Duhhhh!
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    THIS COUNTRY MUST RECOGNIZE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT AND WOULD SOLVE SO MANY OTHER PROBLEMS AND RESOLVE SO MANY OTHER DEBATES.
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    Germany tried a religious registry once. It didn't turn out too well.
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    Because freedom of and from religion is in the first amendment. No need to readdress what the constitution already speaks on, and if congress decides that they need to make a registry, they should be explicitly forbidden to do so because obviously they can't read the constitution.
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