City council passes ordinance prohibiting religious registry
In an effort to stay one step ahead of President Donald Trump, passed an emergency ordinance regarding the implementation of a religious registry.
After hours of public testimony, Spokane city council unanimously passed the ordinance on Monday night.
City Council Chambers were standing room only as testimony after testimony was shared regarding the ordinance.
“I ask you to please pass this ordinance to prevent anyone of any faith to be singled out because of their religion,” said one supporter.
“I’m here tonight to voice my support of this ordinance related to human rights protections,” said another supporter of the ordinance.
The ordinance prohibits the city from involving itself in any religious registry.
Although President Donald Trump has yet to invoke such a thing, the ordinance passed is preemptive.
“We have a president who means what he says and does what he says,” said City Council President Ben Stuckart, “He called for a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the United States and last week he gave it a shot. There is no reason to believe that he was joking on November 19th to a reporter and to a crowd in Birmingham, Alabama on November 21st and on ABC news on November 22nd when he said that he wouldn’t rule out a registry for all Muslims and refugees. I take him at his word and Spokane will not participate in any effort to marginalize any groups in our community. Not ever.”
Most of the testimony at the meeting was in favor of the ordinance.
Early in the night, people began to stand in solidarity with the speakers they agreed with.
“Thank you for your bold leadership to kind of preemptively address this issue before we have to defensively defend our rights,” said one supporter of the ordinance.
There were a handful of speakers who disagreed with the ordinance.
“Stay in your own country and work for it,” said George McGrath.
Some also tied the ordinance together with the recent executive order on immigration.
When those opposing the ordinance spoke, many people in the audience turned their backs, some making obscene gestures during a speech from Spokane Republican party chairman Stephanie Cates.
“We’ve all heard of fake news,” said Cates, “This is fake council business. It’s a meaningless action that has no effect whatsoever on immigration policy.”
At the end of the night nearly the entire room was on their feet, most standing in favor of the passing of the ordinance.
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