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7/15/2003 3:58:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Missouri--Religious Freedom Bill Signed by Governor

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From the HSLDA E-lert Service...
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July 14, 2003

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Thank you for calling in support of Senate Bill 12, the Religious
Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), in the legislature and before the
Governor. Governor Bob Holden heard your message and signed the
legislation on July 9, making the RFRA law in the state of Missouri.

Missouri is the 13th state to pass a RFRA restoring the original
constitutional protection of your fundamental right to freely
exercise your religious beliefs, a right which was damaged by the
U.S. Supreme Court a few years ago. It is important for states to
stand against harmful rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Homeschoolers in most of the 13 states played a significant role in
the RFRAs becoming law.

The passage of this law means that families who are homeschooling for
religious reasons are better protected from government intervention
than ever before. Home School Legal Defense Association can use this
new law to defend the rights of homeschoolers to freely exercise
their religious beliefs against over zealous government officials.

The Missouri RFRA restores the high standard of protection for
religious liberty previously guaranteed in the federal RFRA and early
Supreme Court decisions. Under the Missouri RFRA, if an individual's
religious belief is in conflict with a state regulation, the state
will have to prove, with evidence, that its regulation is essential
and the least restrictive means to fulfill the state's compelling
interest. If the state fails to prove these two burdens, with
evidence, the regulation must give way to the individual's religious
freedom.

Missouri homeschoolers can now be certain that their religious rights
will receive full protection under the law!

For more information on state RFRAs and how they work see:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=962

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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