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2/6/2012 3:43:08 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Hampshire: Calls Needed to Protect Religious Freedom!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

New Hampshire: Calls Needed to Protect Religious Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 1536 is the New Hampshire Religious Freedom Restoration Act
(RFRA), sponsored by Stephen Palmer, Hillsborough-District 6, and
designed to protect religious freedom in The Granite State. This bill
is necessary because of United States Supreme Court rulings that have
undermined religious freedom as a fundamental constitutional right of
its own. RFRAs have been used to defend homeschoolers with sincere
religious convictions in court when their homeschools have been

If passed with an amendment, HB 1536 would prohibit the government
from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion unless it
meets the highest constitutional test available. That test requires
that the government show that its action which burdens a person's
religious freedom is "essential to further a compelling governmental
interest and it is the least restrictive means of furthering that
interest." A public hearing of the bill is scheduled for this
Wednesday February 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in LOB 206; if you are able
please consider attending to testify in favor of RFRA.

Please take action, as requested below, to help secure this important


Please contact of the House Constitutional Review and Statutory
Recodification Committee and ask them to support HB 1536. Because this
legislation applies to all New Hampshire citizens, you need not
identify yourself as a homeschooler. Use: to
contact the entire committee. Please use the following message as a

"Please support House Bill 1536 with an amendment. The New Hampshire
Religious Freedom Restoration Act HB 1536 will strengthen our First
Amendment rights of religious liberty by requiring states to meet the
compelling interest test before infringing on the religious beliefs of
New Hampshire citizens. This test is necessary to properly protect
religious freedom in light of United States Supreme Court decisions.

To get individual committee member contact information go to:


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
reduced protections for religious liberty. Under this lower 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 potentially limited. Sixteen
states have passed RFRAs and eight other states have provided for
higher protections of religious liberty through state Supreme Court
decisions. If passed, the RFRA would restore the standard of
protection for religious liberty previously guaranteed in the federal
RFRA and earlier Supreme Court decisions.

For additional information, visit our issues library at:

We are standing with you to defend your freedom!


Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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