Greetings from FRC Action!
We wanted to share the following information with you from our friends at the Christian Civic League of Maine. If you have previously received this message, please simply disregard this second contact. We did, however, want to make certain that you, your friends, and your neighbors would be aware of this very critical information.
We encourage you to join the Christian Civic League of Maine in making your voice heard today!
The Judiciary Committee of the Maine Legislature voted to recommend defeat of LD 1428 An Act to Protect Religious Freedom. LD1428 will go to the Senate for a vote very soon. To see the text of the amended bill, [click here (PDF).]
This is very important legislation for Maine. It will establish a clear standard for every level of Maine government when faced with matters involving religious liberty. You can help Preserve Religious Liberty in Maine by asking your Senator to support LD 1428 An Act to Protect Religious Freedom.
- Click on this link, and you will see your Senator listed by the town you live in.
- Click on the Senator's name and you will see their contact information. Then please contact him/her by telephone or email.
If you have questions or concerns about this legislation, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Bob Emrich
...Background: Senator David C. Burns introduced LD 1428 An Act to Protect Religious Freedom to the Legislature. This legislation is similar to legislation passed in 18 other states after being enacted on the federal level by congress in 1993. Religious liberty has been a foundational right since the birth of the nation. Prior to 1990, any legitimate limitation on religious liberty had to pass a strict scrutiny summarized by a requirement that there must be a "compelling government interest" and had to be applied in the "least restrictive means."
A 1990 U.S. Supreme Court decision unraveled key protections of the First Amendment by removing that test. In 1993, Congress and President Clinton restored some of those protections by passing and signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. A second Supreme Court (1997) decision limited the law to the federal government and said that if states want the same level of protection, they must pass their own version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
LD 1428 will bring Maine closer to the federal law, restoring the historical level of protection of religious liberty for all Mainers. It would clarify constitutional rights and further compel courts to defend them.
Thank you for standing with us and the Christian Civic League of Maine to protect and defend Faith, Family, and Freedom!