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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.

Steve's Opinion
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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.

David's Opinion
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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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      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedNovember 18th, 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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    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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