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2/21/2012 12:58:57 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Your Action Needed to PASS the WVRFRA!

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Your Action Needed to PASS the WVRFRA!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On February 22 CHEWV will host its annual Capitol days in Charleston,
West Virginia. Capitol days help keep our freedoms secure by
connecting homeschoolers with legislators to help them put a face to
homeschooling. This makes it easier to pass positive legislation and
defeat bad legislation. HSLDA strongly encourages you to attend the
CHEWV Capitol day.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act will be receiving its second of
three required readings on Wednesday. Please discuss this issue with
your legislators and ask them to support this bill. If you are not
going to attend the Capitol day please contact your delegate today and
ask him or her to support HB 2567, the West Virginia Religious Freedom
Restoration Act.

ACTION REQUESTED

Contact your delegate and ask him to support the West Virginia
Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Please 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. The
law restores the religious freedoms that were lost when The U.S.
Supreme Court issued its Smith opinion in 1993 and then struck down
the Federal RFRA as applied to the states in 1997. The West Virginia
RFRA will restore religious freedom to its rightful place as a
fundamental liberty in our state.

You can find out who your delegate is by clicking here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13814

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=13815


Thank you for your effort to extend freedom in West Virginia!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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