Harbin introduces RFRA bill to Georgia Senate

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Senator Marty Harbin introduces SB 221, the Religious Freedom Act, this afternoon, Feb. 27. At right Georgia Baptist Public Affairs representative Mike Griffin holds up a copy of the bill as he leave the Capitol.

ATLANTA — Senator Marty Harbin (R-16), has introduced SB 221, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, commonly referred to as RFRA.

“Today I introduced Senate Bill 221 the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” Harbin shared in a statement. “This simple legislation would meet the Supreme Court’s 1997 requirement that if a state wants to protect the first amendment right of religious freedom from government incursion it must pass this Federal legislation at the State level. So far 31 states have done this, and it is past time for Georgia to do so as well.

“This legislation is currently in place in Virginia, the site of one of Amazon’s new headquarters. This legislation would require the government to have a compelling interest before it could interfere with someone’s religious practices. It would also require the government, in cases where interfering was necessary, to do so in the least invasive way possible.”

Georgia Baptist Public Affairs representative Mike Griffin confirmed the bill’s release in a Facebook post with a photo of him holding one of the first two copies of the bill, which has seven chairmen as cosigners.

“I hold in my hand the one of the first 2 copies of the Georgia Religious Freedom Restoration Act (SB 221) from the Senate Clerks office! This is the RFRA that was just dropped a little while ago by my dear friend Sen Marty Harbin!” he shared.

Harbin is a member of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, where he is a deacon and teaches Sunday School.

Albany church hosts fishing tournament to raise money for Hurricane Michael recovery
While in Jonesboro, Tennessee pastor Haun was foretold of ‘great revival’
Graffiti 2 Works eternally impacts South Bronx
‘Rock of Faith’: For 92-year-old Kingsland choir member, age is just a number
FBI honors Baptist ministry for human-trafficking work
Missionary to urban Scottish youth, profiled in 2013 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, dies of cancer
Crumbliss retires after nearly five decades of ministry
Orlando pastor David Uth to be Pastors’ Conf. nominee
Bible Study for May 26: Exploit your friends
Daily Bible Readings for May 16-31
Bible Study for May 19: Hate your family
Bible Study for May 12: Let the dead bury their dead
Skipper tapped to be Evangelism catalyst in Georgia Baptist restructuring
IMB’s Chitwood discusses ‘unique’ partnerships with Georgia Baptists
Gwinnett County native named as Georgia Baptists’ lead strategist in Church Strengthening
At law enforcement summit, Baptists expand meaning of ‘Mission Georgia’
Orlando pastor David Uth to be Pastors’ Conf. nominee
Various groups to host gatherings, give reports during #SBC19
WMU Missions Celebration ‘like none other’
New opportunities among women’s events in Birmingham