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2/29/2012 4:28:05 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Calls Needed to Senate to Advance Freedom!

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Calls Needed to Senate to Advance Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

HB 2567, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed the House on
February 23 overwhelmingly with only two no votes! It is now being
considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The West Virginia
legislative session ends March 10, so the Senate must act now! Please
call and email them today!

ACTION REQUESTED

Contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and your senator
today and ask them to support the West Virginia Religious Freedom
Restoration Act. Please give the following message in your own words:

"Please support House Bill 2657, which passed overwhelmingly with only
two no votes. This issue has been carefully studied for over three
years, and the House's recommendation should be acted on by the
Senate. HB 2657 would strengthen our First Amendment rights of
religious liberty by codifying that West Virginia judges must meet the
compelling interest test before infringing on the religious beliefs of
West Virginia residents.. This is needed because the U.S. Supreme
Court issued its Smith opinion in 1993 which 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. The West Virginia Supreme Court has not
addressed this issue since the Smith case, and the West Virginia RFRA
will give the court the guidance it needs to properly protect
religious freedom in our state."

You can find the member of the committee here
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13905

You can find out who your Senator by ZIP code is here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=13906

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=13907

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

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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