Urging Support for the No Religious Registry Act
Today I’m calling my House Representative and asking her to support HR 6382, the No Religious Registry Act, which is currently stalled in the House Judiciary Committee. The likelihood that the Republican leadership will allow it to proceed is admittedly slim at best in this new world we live in, but it’s important to let our representatives know there’s vocal opposition to what Trump is planning.
As I learned from Talia Lavin’s newsletter last week, This bill aims to “preemptively foreclose the possibility of a Muslim registry; it ‘would prohibit the Attorney General, Secretary of Homeland Security and any United States government official from establishing or utilizing a registry for the purposes of classifying individuals on the basis of religious affiliation. The legislation would cover U.S. nationals, U.S. visa applicants and aliens lawfully present in the United States.’”
Here’s Lavin’s script, modified just slightly: “Hi, I’m (NAME) from (AREA), your constituent [if applicable], and I’m calling to ask you to come out in strong support of HR 6382, the No Religious Registry Act. A religious registry as proposed by the president-elect and his surrogates is deeply and fundamentally un-American, and I urge you to reject and condemn it by supporting Congresswoman DelBene’s legislation.”
If you’d like to call the House Judiciary Committee, too, that number is (202) 225-3951.
On a related note: The Intercept contacted nine tech companies to ask if they would refuse to help build a Muslim registry. After two weeks, only one company, Twitter, replied to say it would refuse. The others (including Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and IBM) didn’t reply or didn’t commit.