West Virginia, ask the senate to protect religious liberty!
Note: It has come to our attention that Senator Palumbo (D) added harmful, pro-homosexual language into the bill and sadly, several Republican Senators went along with him. This action has put efforts to protect religious liberty on hold. Please voice your opposion to Senator Palumbo now.
Several weeks ago, the West Virginia House of Delegates approved the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by a vote of 72-26. This would essentially be a state level version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that would protect citizens’ fundamental rights from unreasonable and unnecessary government coercion. The legislation is now being considered by the Senate! Please ask the Senate President Pro Tempore Donna Boley to advocate for religious freedom and protection in West Virginia!
If passed, the law would prohibit substantial government burdens on religious exercise unless the government can show a compelling interest in burdening religious liberty and does so through the least restrictive means.
“Religious freedom is a basic human right, and a vital Constitutional right, that deserves protection under West Virginia law. Every West Virginian should be free to live and work according to their faith without fear of being punished by the government,” said House Majority Whip John O'Neal. He further argued that the Constitution “doesn’t guarantee anyone’s right to have any particular kind of lifestyle or behavior protected, but it guarantees the free exercise of religion. That freedom has been severely curtailed in recent years with the growth of gay rights and mandated contraception coverage under Obamacare, among other things.”
Religious liberty should be the default position in West Virginia. Tell the West Virginia senate that individual citizens should be free to serve God without fear that they may be harassed by local or the state government.
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Protect religious liberty!