The Do No Harm Act

The Do No Harm Act will help protect everyone’s religious freedom while ensuring that no one can misuse it to harm others.

Religious freedom is a shield that protects us all, not a sword to harm other people. But now, many are misusing a federal law that was designed to protect religious freedom–the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)–to claim a right to deny access to health care, jobs, and government-funded services, and to discriminate against LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities, and the nonreligious.

The Do No Harm Act will restore RFRA to its original intent. Under the bill, RFRA will continue to protect religious exercise, like the right to wear religious attire. But it will ensure RFRA cannot be misused in ways that harm other people.

Our country is strongest when we are all free to practice the religion of our choice or no religion at all—without hurting others.

What you need to know

Restoring RFRA

The Do No Harm Act would bar RFRA from being used to undermine discrimination laws, deny access to healthcare, evade child labor laws, thwart laws to protect workers’ rights, and refuse to provide services under a government grant or contract.

 

Diverse supporters

More than 100 civil rights, LGBTQ, health, women’s, labor and faith organizations have endorsed the Do No Harm Act.

Faith groups for religious freedom

More than 30 religious organizations representing people from diverse faith traditions–including Muslims, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, Wiccans, Orthodox Jews, Reform Jews, and Hindus–support the passage of the bill.

AU Testifies on the Do No Harm Act

“We urge Congress to quickly pass this critical bill to ensure that religious freedom remains a shield that protects all of us, not a sword used to harm others."

What's being done?

September 2021

After Kamala Harris became Vice President, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) became the main sponsor of the Do No Harm in the Senate.

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February 2021

The Do No Harm Act (H.R. 1378) was introduced again in the House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), who was joined by several new lead sponsors: Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.).

June 2019

AU President and CEO Rachel Laser testified before the House Education and Labor Committee on the misuse of RFRA, urging members of Congress to support the Do No Harm Act. She was joined by Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Watch the hearing on the misuse of RFRA

May 2016

For the first time, the Do No Harm Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by U.S. Reps. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.).The bill was reintroduced again in the House in 2017 and 2019; and in the Senate by then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Cal.) in 2018 and 2019.

Read about the first-ever introduction of the DNHA

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An American Original

Is the separation of church and state in the Constitution?

Absolutely. The separation of church and state is baked into our founding documents and our system of government.

The “wall of separation between church and state” is an American original. It’s an American invention. We should be proud of that fact. And we should fight any disinformation that threatens this ideal.

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