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2/6/2008 1:50:09 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Need Your Attendance at Hearing for Religious Freedom Act

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February 6, 2008

Colorado--Need Your Attendance at Hearing for Religious Freedom Act

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We have a tremendous opportunity to secure religious freedom for all
Coloradans this Monday! We need you to do two things:

1. Call the members of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Committee and,

2. Attend the hearing for the Religious Freedom Act (RFA) at the
capitol Monday at 1:30 p.m.!

Passage of a Religious Freedom Amendment (S.B. 112) in Colorado will
help maintain your homeschool freedom and your religious freedom in
general. The protection you will receive from the passage of the RFA
is especially important in light of the changed, anti-freedom
political climate in Denver!

We are currently using RFAs to help homeschoolers successfully avoid
onerous requirements under the homeschool laws in Pennsylvania and
Florida.

S.B. 112 is scheduled for the Senate State, Veterans, and Military
Affairs Committee on Monday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m.

We need your calls and attendance. Otherwise this crucial bill will
be killed.

It was introduced by Senator Scott Renfroe and drafted by Home School
Legal Defense Association. HSLDA 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

1. Call the senators on the Colorado Senate State, Veterans and
Military Affairs Committee and give them this message:

"Please vote to support S.B. 112, the Religious Freedom Act. The
religious freedom of all Coloradans needs to be better protected."

Members of the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee:

Chair Abel Tapia, 303-866-4878, abel.tapia.senate@state.co.us
Vice Chair Chris Romer, 303-866-4852, chris.romer.senate@state.co.us
Bill Cadman, 303-866-2737, bill.cadman.senate@state.co.us
Dave Schultheis, 303-866-4835, dave.schultheis.senate@state.co.us
Sue Windels, 303-866-4840, senatorwindels@comcast.net

2. Come to the committee hearing to support S.B. 112. The hearing is
scheduled for before the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Committee on Monday, February 11 at 1:30 .

Please RSVP to Treon Goossen of Concerned Parents of Colorado at
treonelain@aol.com if you can come so we can reserve a room which will
accommodate everyone who attends.

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, Virginia, Nevada 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 governors 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, Virginia, Nevada and Oklahoma. Illinois
was successful after two HSLDA e-lerts and a tremendous outpouring of
calls by homeschoolers who 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 S.B. 112.

Sincerely,

Chris Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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