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2/17/2012 11:25:48 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
VICTORY for Religious Freedom!

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VICTORY for Religious Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Your calls and emails made a difference! Thank you for your effort in
support of the West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA),
HB 2657, which passed the Judiciary Committee this morning on a voice
vote. The bill will now go on to the House for floor action as early
as today.

We are asking you to take action now by contacting your delegate to
ask him or her to support this legislation.

HSLDA, Heritage Communications and CHEWV have been working on this
bill for the past four years, and we are grateful to have passed one
important hurdle and can hope to see this important bill become law.
This is also noteworthy because this legislation was a great priority
of the late Christopher J. Klicka, HSLDA senior counsel, who was
instrumental in creating the model legislation and getting it passed
in almost a score of other states. We hope that West Virginia will
become the latest state to pass this important legislation restoring
protections to religious freedom that were lost after a Supreme Court
cases in the mid-1990s.

HSLDA would like to thank all of those who made the effort to support
religious freedom by calling, emailing, and visiting their delegates
and members of the Judiciary Committee. Your contact has helped to
gain support for a RFRA in West Virginia. Please take a moment now to
contact your delegate and ask him or her to support this legislation
as it heads for the floor of the House of Representatives.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact your delegate and ask him or her to support HB 2657 the
West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration Act. You can give the
following message in your own words:

"Please support House Bill 2657, the West Virginia Religious Freedom
Restoration Act. HB 2657 strengthens our First Amendment rights of
religious liberty by requiring states to meet the compelling interest
test before infringing on the religious beliefs of West Virginia
citizens. This test is necessary to protect religious freedom."

You can find out who your delegate is by clicking here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13798


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.

If passed, the West Virginia RFRA would restore the high 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:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13799



Mountaineers Always Free,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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