It comes as no surprise that either Donald Trump doesn’t understand the US Constitution, or he doesn’t care about the protections it was intended to provide to the American people. During the campaign, Trump vowed to prevent people from immigrating into the United States based on their religion.
Even when he was confronted with the parents of a Muslim American who gave his life in service of our country, Trump attacked the parents.
Now that Trump is President-elect, his advisors are working on setting up a Muslim registry which would require all Muslims to register their religious ideology with the Federal Government.
Under the Patriot Act, Americans are supposed to be protected from being subjected to surveillance based on nothing except their religious beliefs.
Section 102 of the Patriot Act explaines: “The concept of individual responsibility for wrongdoing is sacrosanct in American society, and applies equally to all religious, racial, and ethnic groups.”
The idea of collective guilt based on religious affiliation violates our constitutional principles.
Ted Cruz, the brilliant legal scholar that he is, explained that ” the idea of a database to track Muslim Americans is unconstitutional. “
“I believe Trump’s unprecedented proposal would violate our Constitution,” said Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, “both the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses and the equality dimension of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.” The ACLU has done extensive briefing on the issue and concluded such a ban would be unconstitutional.
Imagine the outrage if Trump required all Evangelical Christians to register.