In response to news reports that advisors to President-elect Trump support the creation of a national registry of Muslims, Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following response:
“The truth is, we don’t yet know what President-elect Trump will do concerning Muslims, and I don’t think he knows either. But we are deeply disturbed by news reports that the Trump administration is seriously considering creating a registry of some or all Muslims in the United States. Profiling millions of people on the basis of religion will do nothing to keep Americans safe, but it will set a dangerous precedent and place the nation on a path toward eroding civil rights and liberties – and not just for Muslims.
“President-elect Trump trafficked in xenophobia and bigotry during his campaign. Now is the time for him to change course and become a President for all Americans by rejecting any sort of registry for Muslims and taking a clear stand against anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant bigotry.”
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.