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3/2/2012 3:25:05 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
MORE Calls Needed to SENATE to Advance Freedom!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

MORE Calls Needed to SENATE to Advance Freedom!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

HB 2567, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed the West
Virginia House on February 23 overwhelmingly with only two no votes!
It is now being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee; however,
opponents are now calling with outlandish ideas, claiming this
legislation will harm children and sanction discrimination. RFRA has
been passed in 20 states, and this has not happened and would not
happen. The West Virginia legislative session ends March 10, so the
Senate must act now! Please call and email them today!


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 92-2.
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
and WILL NOT protect child abusers nor sanction discrimination. The
West Virignia 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 members of the committee here:

You can find out who your senator by ZIP code is here:

Read Mike Donnelly's letter to Senate leadership:


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

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:

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

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
Staff Attorney

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