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2/14/2013 3:21:13 PM
Scott Woodruff--HSLDA
Kansas--Calls Needed Immediately to Protect Religious Freedom

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Kansas--Calls Needed Immediately to Protect Religious Freedom

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Kansas homeschoolers have an opportunity to win a solid legislative
victory for religious freedom. The success of this effort to protect
one of our most precious freedoms may hinge on your calls!

In order to achieve this victory, we urge you to immediately contact
the legislators below and ask them to support House Bill 2203, the
Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act (PRFA). The bill's first
test is Monday afternoon, February 18, when the House Judiciary
Committee will hold a public hearing on the bill.

HSLDA has helped pass religious freedom restoration acts in 14 other
states so far. They have proven to be very helpful in defending the
rights of homeschool families.

This bill is crucial, but not radical. It simply restores the same
level of protection that citizens enjoyed when exercising their
religion that existed throughout our nation before 1997.

ACTION REQUESTED

Before 2 p.m. Monday, please call the representatives listed below if
you live in their district. Visit our legislative toolbox and type in
your ZIP code http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17216 to find who your
representative is.

Your message can be as simple as, "Please vote in favor of H.B. 2203,
the Preservation of Religious Freedom Act. It gives crucial protection
to one of our most precious rights, the right to exercise one's
religion freely."

If "SP" is listed beside the representative's name below, it means he
or she is a co-sponsor of the bill. Please thank them for being a
co-sponsor when you call.

It is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler since
protecting religious freedom crosses all boundaries.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Chair
Rep. Lance Kinzer SP
Phone: 785-296-7692
Email:lance.kinzer@house.ks.gov

Vice Chair
Rep. Rob Bruchman
Phone: 785 296-7644
Email:rob.bruchman@house.ks.gov

Ranking Minority Member
Rep. Janice Pauls SP
Phone: 785 296-7657
Email:jan.pauls@house.ks.gov

Members
Rep. Steve Alford SP
Phone: 785 296-7656
Email:j.stephen.alford@house.ks.gov

Rep. John Barker
Phone: 785 296-7674
Email:john.barker@house.ks.gov

Rep. Steven Becker
Phone: 785 296-7196
Email:steven.becker@house.ks.gov

Rep. Ed Bideau
Phone: 785 296-7636
Email:ed.bideau@house.ks.gov

Rep. Carolyn Bridges
Phone: 785 296-7646
Email:carolyn.bridges@house.ks.gov

Rep. Marshall Christmann SP
Phone: 785 296-7640
Email:marshall.christmann@house.ks.gov

Rep. Keith Esau SP
Phone: 785 296-7631
Email:keith.esau@house.ks.gov

Rep. Blaine Finch
Phone: 785 296-7655
Email:blaine.finch@house.ks.gov

Rep. Jim Howell SP
Phone: 785 296-7665
Email:jim.howell@house.ks.gov

Rep. Russell Jennings
Phone: 785 296-7196
Email:russ.jennings@house.ks.gov

Rep. Mark Kahrs SP
Phone: 785 296-5593
Email:mark.kahrs@house.ks.gov

Rep. Annie Kuether
Phone: 785 296-7669
Email:annie.kuether@house.ks.gov

Rep. Craig McPherson SP
Phone: 785 296-7695
Email:craig.mcpherson@house.ks.gov

Rep. Robert Montgomery SP
Phone: 785 296-7677
Email:bob.montgomery@house.ks.gov

Rep. Leslie Osterman SP
Phone: 785 296-7689
Email:leslie.osterman@house.ks.gov

Rep. Emily Perry
Phone: 785 296-7669
Email:emily.perry@house.ks.gov

Rep. John Rubin SP
Phone: 785 296-7690
Email:john.rubin@house.ks.gov

Rep. Ronald Ryckman Sr. SP
Phone: 785 296-7658
Email:ronald.ryckman@house.ks.gov

Rep. Jim Ward
Phone: 785 296-7698
Email:jim.ward@house.ks.gov

Rep. Brandon Whipple
Phone: 785 296-7366
Email:brandon.whipple@house.ks.gov

BACKGROUND

On June 25, 1997, by a 6-3 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in
The City of Boerne v. Flores (pronounced BER-nee) that the 1993
federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act was unconstitutional. The
result was that the Court gave the lowest level of protection to
religious liberty--one of the foundational freedoms of homeschooling.
Under this minimal standard, the state can override a homeschooler's
or other citizen's right to freely exercise his religious beliefs
merely by proving that its regulation is "reasonable." Since nearly
all state regulations are "reasonable," Christians will lose.

Since Boerne, courts across the country have diminished religious
freedom in many ways. For example:

> The long-standing practice of pastor-laity confidentiality has been
repeatedly violated;

> A Catholic hospital was denied accreditation for refusing to teach
abortion techniques;

> There have been conflicts with zoning ordinances, such as the forced
termination of a church ministry to the homeless because it was
located on the second floor of a building with no elevator; and

> A church was prohibited from feeding more than 50 people per day.

If passed, the Kansas PRFA will restore the high standard of
protection for religious liberty previously guaranteed in the federal
act and earlier Supreme Court decisions. Under the Kansas PRFA, if an
individual's religious belief is in conflict with a state regulation,
the state will have to prove, with clear and convincing evidence, that
its regulation furthers a compelling state interest and is the least
restrictive means of doing so.

If the state fails to carry the burden, the regulation must give way
to the individual's religious freedom. Restoring this protection for
religious freedom will simply "level the playing field."

In a somewhat ironic twist, Congress passed a law giving this higher
level of protection--but only to prisoners! Prisoners now have greater
protection for their religious liberty than you do. This must be
changed.

The Kansas PRFA states that it does not impact prison discipline,
safety and security rules. It also states that it cannot be used to
help anyone trying to end the life of a born or unborn child. It has
language that prevents any religious group from using the PRFA to set
up their own legal system. If a person makes a fraudulent claim, a
judge can prevent him from ever using the PRFA again.

For a more detailed information on religious freedom restoration acts
in general, visit our website at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17217


Don't let one decision by the U.S. Supreme Court denigrate this
priceless inalienable right. Urge your state representative now to
restore protection for religious liberty in Kansas by supporting the
Kansas PRFA!

The Christian Home Educators Confederation of Kansas and
ParentalRights.org are united with HSLDA in supporting this bill.

Sincerely Yours,

Scott A. Woodruff,
Senior Counsel,
Home School Legal Defense Association

P.S. We greatly value you and your support--it is a privilege to serve
you! If you or someone you know is not a member of HSLDA, will you
consider taking a moment today to join or recommend us? Your support
for our work enables us to defend individual families and protect
homeschooling freedom for all. Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=17224

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-> Will your children's inheritance retain its value?

If you pass on a legacy of freedom, your children and their
children's children will thank you. But freedom is never secure;
it must always be guarded. Membership with HSLDA is an investment
in the future that can be passed on to future generations of
families wanting to teach their children at home.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1944

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