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2/24/2010 5:28:55 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
West Virginia: Calls Needed to Protect Religious Freedom!

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February 24, 2010

West Virginia--Calls Needed to Protect Religious Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear comment tomorrow on Senate
Bill 638, the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

If passed, SB 638 would prohibit the government from substantially
burdening a person's exercise of religion unless it demonstrates that
such a burden is essential to further a compelling governmental
interest and it is the least restrictive means of furthering that
interest.

HSLDA Staff Attorney Mike Donnelly will be testifying at the hearing.

Please take action as requested below to help secure this fundamental
freedom.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today and
tomorrow and ask them to support SB 638. Because this legislation
applies to all West Virginia citizens, you should NOT identify
yourself as a homeschooler. Please make the following three points
clear:

> Please support SB 638, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
> SB 638 strengthens our First Amendment rights of religious liberty.
> SB 638 simply levels the playing field by allowing the compelling
interest test to be used. This legal test allows the little guy to be
heard.

To find the contact information for members of the Senate Judiciary
Committee visit: http://hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=7747

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 doing this, the Court
gave the lowest level of protection to religious liberty. Under this
minimal standard, the state can override a citizen's right to freely
exercise his or her religious beliefs by simply proving that its
regulation is "reasonable." Since nearly all state regulations can be
determined to be "reasonable," religious freedom is exceedingly
limited.

For additional information, visit our issues library at:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/Issues/R/Religious_Freedom-State.asp

Or, view the CHEWV email alert here:
http://hslda.org/elink.asp?ID=7746

HSLDA is working closely with CHEWV to support this legislation.

We are standing with you to defend your freedom!

Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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