WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - D.C. faith leaders are taking a strong stance against suggestions that the Trump administration would reinstate a national registry for visitors from Muslim countries.
Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Muslims stood together outside Masjid Muhammad, which calls itself “The Nation’s Mosque.”
A member of Mr. Trump's transition team is pushing the registry and a prominent Trump supporter said there's a legal precedent for the registry in the Supreme Court decision upholding the detention of Japanese Americans during World War II.
“To say the Supreme Court upheld the internment of Japanese does not make it right, does not make it moral!” said Rabbi Esther Lederman of the Union for Reform Judaism.
“I will be the first in line to say, 'Ana Muslim!’ ‘I am a Muslim!'” said Rabbi Jack Moline, of Interfaith Alliance.
The FBI reported a 67 percent rise in hate crimes against Muslims in the last year. It's something the president-elect said he condemns
“If it helps, I will say this, and I'll say it right to the camera. Stop it!” Donald Trump told Leslie Stahl on 60 Minutes.
Sultan Aziz Muhammad is chief of security at the mosque. The Army Sergeant Major just retired after 32 years and four deployments.
“I'm not asking for the right to stay here,” he said. “I earned the right to stay here.”
The religious leaders were brought together by a group called, “Shoulder to Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values.”