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5/2/2005 8:59:21 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nevada--Calls Needed to Support Religious Freedom Bill to Protect Homeschoolers

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April 29, 2005


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


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your calls to committee members for The Religious
Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Assembly Bill 246. Although we told
you it was not necessary in our last e-lert to call the sponsor of
this bill, Assemblyman Bernie Anderson, he has informed us that he has
not received many calls in support of the bill. We are now asking that
you specifically call Assemblyman Anderson's office, along with other
members of the committee. Assemblyman Anderson is also the Chairman of
the committee.

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
Florida.

As of August 2004, more than a quarter of the states have acted to
protect religious freedom. 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 e-lerts,
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 e-lerts and a
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 RFRA in Nevada will
strengthen your right to homeschool.


ACTION REQUESTED

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 Bernie Anderson, Chair
775-684-8563

Assemblyman William Horne, Vice-Chair
775-684-8847

Assemblyman Barbara Buckley
775-684-8537

Assemblyman Marcus Conklin
775-684-8505

Assemblyman Susan Gerhardt
775-684-8855

Assemblyman Mark Manendo
775-684-8801

Assemblyman Harry Mortenson
775-684-8803

Assemblyman John Oceguera
775-684-8595

Assemblyman Genie Ohrenschall
775-684-8819

Assemblyman Francis Allen
775-684-8829

Assemblyman Sharon Angle
775-684-8848

Assemblyman John Carpenter
775-684-8831

Assemblyman Brooks Holcomb
775-684-8559

Assemblyman Garn Mabey
775-684-8827

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: http://www.hslda.org/toolbox . (If you do not have Internet
access, call your county clerk's office and ask for your state
representative's name).



BACKGROUND

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
example:

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.

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

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
beliefs.

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 A.B.
246.

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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