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3/31/2005 2:39:19 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada--Calls Needed to Support Religious Freedom Bill

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 31, 2005

Nevada--Calls Needed to Support Religious Freedom Bill to Protect

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Good news. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Assembly Bill
246, has recently been introduced by Assemblyman Bernie Anderson.

Homeschoolers now have an opportunity to win a solid legislative
victory for religious freedom. In order to achieve this victory, the
Home School Legal Defense Association urges you to immediately contact
your state assembly member to support the Nevada Religious Freedom
Restoration Act, Assembly Bill 246.

Passage of a RFRA in Nevada will help maintain your homeschool
freedom. We are using RFRAs to help homeschoolers successfully avoid
onerous requirements under the homeschool laws in Pennsylvania and

As of August 2004, by God's grace, more than a quarter of the states
have acted to protect the religious freedom of the citizens in their
states. Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Arizona, South
Carolina, Texas, Idaho, New Mexico, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Alabama
and Oklahoma have passed their own state Religious Freedom Acts

HSLDA's legal staff has worked with religious freedom coalitions in
the states (and the national state religious freedom coalition),
helped draft legislation, lobbied individual state legislators,
attorney generals, and governor offices, sent out numerous alerts, and
provided testimony at some legislative hearings in order to advance
these Religious Freedom Acts. The phone calls of thousands of
homeschoolers particularly contributed to the passage of the RFRA's in
Illinois, Arizona, Texas, South Carolina, Idaho, New Mexico and
Oklahoma. Illinois was successful after two HSLDA alerts and
tremendous outpouring of calls by homeschoolers convinced legislators
to override the governor's veto.

Religious freedom is one of the fundamental foundation blocks for the
right to homeschool. Therefore, passage of a RFA in Nevada will
strengthen your right to homeschool


1) Please call as many members of the committee below and give them
this message:

"Protect religious freedom in Nevada. Please vote to support the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Assembly Bill 246."

You do not need to identify yourself as a homeschooler because this
bill will help protect everyone's religious freedom.

Representatives on the Assembly Judiciary Committee:

Assemblyman William Horne, Vice-Chair

Assemblyman Barbara Buckley

Assemblyman Marcus Conklin

Assemblyman Susan Gerhardt

Assemblyman Mark Manendo

Assemblyman Harry Mortenson

Assemblyman John Oceguera

Assemblyman Genie Ohrenschall

Assemblyman Francis Allen

Assemblyman Sharon Angle

Assemblyman John Carpenter

Assemblyman Brooks Holcomb

Assemblyman Garn Mabey

Assemblyman Anderson, the sponsor of A.B. 246, chairs this committee.
is no need to call him.

2) Also call your own state representative and give him the same
message as above.

The general number for the Nevada General Assembly is 800-992-0973. To
learn the name of your representative, use HSLDA's Legislative Toolbox
at: . (If you do not have Internet
access, call your county clerk's office and ask for your state
representative's name).


On June 25, 1997, by a 6-3 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in
The City of Boerne v. Flores that the 1993 federal Religious Freedom
Restoration Act (RFRA) was unconstitutional. By making this ruling,
the Court gave the lowest level of protection to religious liberty,
one of the foundational freedoms of homeschooling. Under this minimal
standard, Nevada can override a homeschooler or other citizen's right
to freely exercise his religious beliefs merely by proving that its
regulation is "reasonable." Since nearly all state regulations can be
determined to be "reasonable," Christians will lose.

Since the devastating Boerne decision, state and federal courts across
the country have diminished religious freedom in many ways. For

The long standing practice of pastor congregation confidentiality has
been repeatedly violated;

A church sponsored hospital was denied accreditation for refusing to
teach abortion techniques;

There have been conflicts with zoning ordinances, such as the forced
termination of a church ministry to the homeless because it was
located on the second floor of a building with no elevator; and

A church ministry was prohibited from feeding more than 50 people per

Passage of this act will raise the standard of protection for
religious freedom in Nevada for individuals, homeschool parents,
churches, and all who desire to freely exercise their religious

If passed, the Nevada RFRA, will restore the high standard of
protection for religious liberty previously guaranteed in the federal
RFRA and earlier Supreme Court decisions. Under the Nevada 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 to fulfilling the state's compelling interest and is the
least restrictive means of doing so. If the state fails to carry the
burden, the regulation must give way to the individual's religious
freedom. Restoring this protection for religious freedom will simply
"even the playing field."

Don't let one decision by the U.S. Supreme Court denigrate this
priceless inalienable right. Urge your state representative now to
restore protection for religious liberty in Nevada by
supporting AB 246.


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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