Originally Sent: 1/24/2014
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Committee Misses Boat on Religious Freedom: LD 1428 Update
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
The Judiciary Committee of the Maine Legislature truly “missed the boat” yesterday in voting 8 to 4 against LD 1428, the bill that would bring the traditional level of protection back to religious freedom in Maine.
Although HSLDA was not involved in drafting the bill or guiding it through the legislative process, we support it and believe it will fill an important gap in Maine. Many states across the country have already given religious freedom the protection it deserves.
The full legislature will soon have an opportunity to take action on LD 1428. If it follows the committee’s lead, Maine will lag behind other states in protecting this most important freedom of all.
Those who oppose the bill wring their hands and talk about awful things that might happen if the bill becomes law. But in states where similar acts have already been put on the books, none of those imaginary dreadful things have happened. Nor did those hypothetical terrible things happen during the many years that religious freedom enjoyed its traditional level of protection.
The right to homeschool rests on two pillars: religious freedom and parental rights. When religious freedom is protected better, the right to homeschool is safer. HSLDA will continue to support legislation to protect religious freedom in Maine at the same level as our other foundational rights.
Scott A. Woodruff
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