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4/24/2006 6:08:18 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Come Support Religious Freedom at Hearing Tuesday

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April 24, 2006

Colorado--Come Support Religious Freedom at Hearing Tuesday


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We have a tremendous opportunity to secure religious freedom for all
Coloradans this Tuesday! We need you to come to the capitol!

Passage of a Religious Freedom Amendment (HCR 06-1007) in Colorado
will help maintain your homeschool freedom. We are using RFAs to help
homeschoolers successfully avoid onerous requirements under the
homeschool laws in Pennsylvania and Florida.

HCR 06-1007 is scheduled for the House State, Veterans, and Military
Affairs Committee on Tuesday, April 25, 1:30 p.m. in Room 0107. We
need your calls and attendance. It was introduced by Representative
Mark Cloer and drafted by HSLDA (working with a broad national
coalition of religious groups). HSLDA Attorney Scott Somerville will
be there to testify in favor of the RFA.

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

ACTION REQUESTED

We need your attendance to support HCR 06-1007 which is scheduled for
a hearing before the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Committee on Tuesday, April 25, 1:30 p.m. in room 0107. Room 0107 is
where the House Education Committee regularly meets and is located in
the basement of the capitol between the elevators.

Please RSVP Treon Goossen of Concerned Parents of Colorado at
treonelain@aol.com so we can reserve a big enough hearing room. Also
you can email her questions about the hearing.

It will also be an educational field trip for your children to show
them how government works!

BACKGROUND


At present, 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 RFAs 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.

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

If passed, the Colorado RFA will restore the high standard of
protection for religious liberty previously guaranteed in the federal
RFRA and earlier Supreme Court decisions.

Don't let one decision by the U.S. Supreme Court denigrate this
inalienable right. Urge your state representative now to restore
protection for religious liberty in Colorado by supporting HCR
06-1007.

Sincerely,


Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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