Saturday, January 25, 2014

Religious Freedom in Maine

   We have just received word that the judiciary committee of our state legislature has recommended defeat for LD 1428  An Act to Protect Religious Freedom.  This is a straightforward measure (text here) that constrains the state government to observe rights enjoyed by all Americans until an adverse Supreme Court decision in 1990.  Since 1993, most of those rights have been restored at the federal level by a statute passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton; this law would apply the same corrective to the state government. Similar measures have already passed in 18 other states.
     We are asking any of you who are Maine residents to contact your state senator (look up here) and urge them to vote in favor of LD 1428  An Act to Protect Religious Freedom.  Those of you who live elsewhere, please pray for us and our state. 
     Here is the text of a message we sent to our state senator, Dick Woodbury: 
  
Dear Senator Woodbury, 
We are very concerned that the judiciary committee has recommended defeat for LD 1428  An Act to Protect Religious Freedom.  The free exercise of religion is the first of the freedoms guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, and our strongest bulwark against tyranny (e.g., as in the Declaration of Independence: “We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights’).  Protecting the freedoms of those who put you in office is one of the primary duties of legislators, and so we are confident that you will vote in favor of LD 1428  An Act to Protect Religious Freedom.   
Thank you, 
Your constituents, 
James & Linda Milliken