Today, Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (IA-01) and Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05) introduced the Religious Freedom Over Mandates Act, legislation that would prohibit the use of federal funds from being used to keep records or a database of religious exemptions from COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
“Those who choose not to get the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons should be able to do so without fear of the government putting their information in a database. Any form of database tracking religious beliefs flies in the face of our First Amendment—U.S. citizens are guaranteed the right to make their own medical decisions without fear of government reprisal. The Religious Freedom Over Mandates Act will ensure that no federal funding is used to track those who opt for a religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccines.” -Congresswoman Ashley Hinson
“The ability for individuals to openly practice their faith without fear of retribution is a precious right we must guard closely. As if overreaching government vaccine mandates aren’t bad enough, it is highly inappropriate for federal dollars to be used to collect information about someone’s religious beliefs. The only way to prevent this information from being abused is to prevent its collection in the first place, and I thank Rep. Hinson for joining me in this effort.” -Congressman Ralph Norman