By WND. Democrats in Congress already have staged a massive campaign to promote their Equality Act, which would impose the LGBT agenda on churches and faith-based organizations.
But now they’re working on a backup plan should the aggressive Equality Act fail.
It’s named the Do No Harm Act, but it would destroy protections for the exercise of religion by changing the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill would make the exercise of religion in public life subservient to LGBT rights in all cases. . .
Democrats believe they can reverse the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision if the RFRA is changed. The ruling protected a Christian baker from being forced to violate his religious beliefs by creating a cake for a same-sex wedding.
While it claims to be the Do No Harm Act, it would allow LGBT activists to impose their religious “views, habits, or practices” on Christians or people of other faiths. (Read more from “Backup Plan Launched ‘to Force People of Faith to Abandon Beliefs'” HERE)
Congressional Democrats Reintroduce the Do No Harm Act
By NBC News. Congressional Democrats reintroduced on Thursday an amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that aims to ensure the 1993 legislation is not used to permit discrimination in the name of religion.
The Do No Harm Act states that RFRA “should not be interpreted to authorize an exemption from generally applicable law that imposes the religious views, habits, or practices of one party upon another.”
The measure — reintroduced by Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass.; Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va.; and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. — was first introduced in 2017 in response to the Supreme Court’s 2014 Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores decision. That landmark decision determined that under RFRA, for-profit companies could deny their employees insurance coverage for contraception if supplying such coverage was against the employer’s religious beliefs.
“We cannot be equal or free if our government grants select Americans a license to discriminate against their neighbors under the guise of religious freedom,” Rep. Kennedy said in a statement. “By passing the Do No Harm Act, we can reestablish the sacred balance between religious liberty and the personal liberties of those who have too often had their civil rights bargained away.”
RFRA was originally passed in 1993 in response to another controversial Supreme Court decision: Employment Division v. Smith. The case, which was decided in 1990, involved two Native American men who worked as private drug rehab counselors and were fired for ingesting peyote. Though the men argued they did so as part of religious ceremonies conducted by the Native American Church, the Supreme Court upheld their firing. (Read more from “Congressional Democrats Reintroduce the Do No Harm Act” HERE)