UPDATE: The Franks Amendment was voted down on a vote of 208 – 217 (click here to see how your Representative voted).
We should study what drives people to terrorism. But this amendment didn’t do that. Not equally.
Glad so many of my colleagues agree. pic.twitter.com/0ZcLvFT8lg
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) July 14, 2017
This afternoon, the House of Representatives will vote on a measure that creates a dangerous precedent for government interference in how Americans can practice their religion.
The Franks Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would create two commissions that will decide the right way, and the wrong way, to practice Islam, and create two lists of Muslim religious leaders — divided into “good” and “bad.”
The amendment shatters the principle of separation of church and state.
The provision not only targets one religion as criminally suspect, but it would establish a government approved interpretation of that religion and how it can be practiced. It is not for our government to determine the “orthodox” interpretation of any faith. On this basis alone, the amendment should be rejected.
During the campaign, Mr. Trump called for a Muslim registry and was roundly condemned. This amendment mandates the creation of a registry of Muslim thought leaders in a manner that is deeply problematic. It is not appropriate for our government to create lists of people based on their religion at all, but it is doubly concerning that this list will apparently to be divided between “good” and “bad” leaders of Islam.