House Democrats Introduce the “Do No Harm” Act, Hoping to Correct the Overreach of RFRA

When the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed in 1993, there were good intentions all around. Legislation to protect (real) religious freedom in the face of government intervention? Who would oppose that? As Barry Lynn of Americans United notes, the law was meant to ensure that “Jewish children could wear yarmulkes in public schools or Muslim firefighters could wear beards.”

Obviously, that’s not what RFRA is all about today.

That’s why, yesterday, Reps. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Do No Harm Act.” If passed, RFRA would still be used to protect religious freedoms, but it couldn’t be used as a weapon against others:


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Why Your Beliefs Don’t Always Matter: Liberal Redneck Edition

Trae Crowder, the Liberal Redneck, explains why the Christians like the screampreachers at Target need to stop acting on their beliefs, because they’re “crazier than Michele Bachmann on bath salts.”


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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Democrat from Hawaii, Will Speak at the Reason Rally

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who made news earlier this year for quitting her high-level position with the Democratic National Committee because she couldn’t remain neutral and wanted to publicly endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders, will be speaking at the Reason Rally next month.


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The U.S. House Has Passed a Bill Protecting Atheists, Animal Slaughter, and Male Circumcision

A new bill designed to amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 passed the U.S. House unanimously this week, and it will lead to some wonderful and horrendous changes. H.R. 1150 will offer extended protections to atheists, who have been persecuted in countries like Bangladesh, which is fantastic, but it’ll also defend the rights of those want to partake in ritualistic animal slaughter and male circumcision.


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Seth Meyers Takes a Closer Look at Bathrooms as Battlegrounds

On his show the other night, Seth Meyers gave a brief history of bathroom segregation and why current trans-inclusive bathrooms are nothing to worry about (no matter what Ted Cruz tries to tell you):


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