June 2012 Church & State | AU Bulletin


When law enforcement agents engage in religious profiling, it undermines the constitutional commitment to religious freedom, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and allied organizations have told a U.S. Senate subcommittee.

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, AU and 33 other religious and advocacy groups said that most law enforcement officials “discharge their duties honorably,” but some profile “individuals and communities based solely on their real or perceived religion.”  In doing so, suspicion is cast “over an entire religious community.”

The April 17 letter was sent in advance of a subcommittee hearing called “Ending Racial Profiling in America.” At the session, representatives of several groups encouraged Congress to study religious profiling as an aspect of racial profiling.

At press time, the subcommittee was considering  S. 1670, the “End Racial Profiling Act.”  The bill includes religious profiling as a component of racial profiling.