Everyone of a certain age* already knows that the Prime Directive is essentially to do no harm. So imagine my surprise to learn that there is pending legislation actually called the Do No Harm Act:
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 “Do No Harm Act” is a companion measure to legislation of the same name introduced last year by Reps. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA). It would amend RFRA, a Clinton-era law meant to protect against burdening a person’s exercise of religion that has since been manipulated by conservatives as part of their religious imposition agenda, in order to “protect civil rights and otherwise prevent meaningful harm to third parties.”
“…The legislation would mandate that the law “not be interpreted to authorize an exemption from generally applicable law that imposes the religious views, habits, or practices of one party upon another” and that RFRA “should not be interpreted to authorize an exemption for one party that permits discrimination against others, including persons who do not belong to the religion or adhere to the beliefs of that party.”
It comes as no surprise to us that yet another ’90s, Clinton-era triangulation law has come back to bite us all in the ass as the Theocrats and Y’all Qaeda have perverted it into a cudgel to beat everyone into submission and get their way.
There’s little chance that this bill will pass and zero chance that Prznint Stupid will sign it, but hopefully this bill might make a few ripples, and maybe a few people with principles and whatnot might give it some support so that it can return at a later day and be enacted.