Lawmakers Seek to Gut Religious Freedom Restoration Act With Do No Harm Act


Lawmakers in Congress are seeking to gut the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a move that’s causing concern over the future of American religious liberties.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., have introduced the Do No Harm Act which would strip RFRA of its given religious freedom protections. President Bill Clinton signed the bill into law in 1993.

The bill reads that its goal is “to amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to protect civil rights and otherwise prevent meaningful harm to third parties, and for other purposes.”

“The right of Americans to freely and fully express our faith is sacred in this country,” Kennedy said in a statement. “But in order to guarantee that liberty for every citizen, our system must ensure that my religious freedom does not infringe on yours or do you harm.”

“While not its original intent, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has become a vehicle for those seeking to impose their beliefs on others or claim that the tenants of their faith justify discrimination,” he continued.

However, in a blog for National Review, Wesley J. Smith says not so fast. He calls the Do No Harm Act a bill “to gut” RFRA and a measure that would do irreparable harm to religious freedom.

“If this bill passes, one of the last vestiges of (religious) liberty in this country will be obliterated in the name of furthering a particular social agenda favored by the left,” Smith writes.

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Mark Martin