A federal agency issued a public notice on Tuesday regarding a new policy that can mean that the U.S. government will assemble a database with the names of Americans who claim a religious objection to taking the COVID vaccine reports The Daily Signal.
The Signal reports that the agency is none other than the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, a federal agency tasked with being “responsible for gathering information about newly arrested defendants and preparing the recommendations considered by the Court in deciding release options.”
The agency made an announcement that they are creating a new records system to store both the names and “personal religious information” of all employees who make “religious accommodation requests for religious exception from the federally mandated vaccination requirement.”
The announcement doesn’t state the reason for creating the list. Rather, it only says that it will “assist the Agency in the collecting, storing, dissemination, and disposal of employee religious exemption request information collected and maintained by the Agency.”
The announcement also fails to mention what the agency will do with this information after it has reviewed an employee’s religious exemption request.
Legal scholars at the Signal fear that the fact that the agency instituting this database is so small and obscure shows that the Biden administration is could be determined to establish the database without the red tape and complaints that may come with a larger, more established federal agency.