FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2023
Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team
firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 202-417-0171
Interfaith Leader Praises Reintroduction of the Do No Harm Act, Urges Swift Action in Congress
WASHINGTON—Religious freedom and civil rights advocates are celebrating the reintroduction of the Do No Harm Act in both the House and Senate, which would enshrine religious freedom protections while ensuring religion cannot be used to discriminate. The Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, president and CEO of Interfaith Alliance, urged swift action on the legislation, sharing:
“As a Baptist minister and longtime participant in the interfaith movement, I know firsthand the importance of faith in many people’s personal lives, as well as the role religion can play in the civic life of communities across the country. Unfortunately, in the past several years, we have seen how the constitutional right to religious freedom has been distorted and weaponized to the detriment of religious minorities, LGBTQ+ people, people seeking reproductive medical care, and more.
“People of faith and conscience know that religion should be a bridge, not a bludgeon. Our nation is built on the principle that each of us has the freedom to believe as we choose, with respect for others to do the same. Religious freedom should go hand in hand with civil rights: the Do No Harm Act codifies this patriotic sentiment into law, protecting the integrity of religion and democracy.”
The Do No Harm Act would clarify the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to ensure that no one can cite religious belief to undermine the Civil Rights Act, limit access to health care, or refuse services to those who live or love differently than they do.
Originally passed in 1993, RFRA affirmed the free exercise rights of religious minorities. In recent years, however, bad-faith interpretations of RFRA have distorted its purpose to justify discrimination and grant individuals and businesses the authority to impose their religious beliefs on others. These claims often hurt the very people RFRA was designed to protect, undermining the First Amendment in the process.
Interfaith Alliance has been a strong supporter of the Do No Harm Act for several years, and is part of a broad coalition of faith-based and civil rights groups that support the bill.
If you are interested in speaking further with Interfaith Alliance on this issue, please contact Manisha Sunil at (202) 417-0171 or email@example.com.
Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.