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Home » Archives » Legislative Issues » National Legislation Issues Archive » July 13, 2004 - 21,000 E-mails Sent Nationwide in Support of Workplace Religious Freedom

July 13, 2004 - 21,000 E-mails Sent Nationwide in Support of Workplace Religious Freedom

By Alan J. Reinach

Two New Senate Co-Sponsors — Elizabeth Dole and Zell Miller — Bring Total to 24

Your e-mails are building momentum in support of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, S-893. More than 21,000 e-mails have been sent through our website, www.religiousliberty.info, and in the past few weeks, two new Senators have signed on as sponsors of the bill, Georgia's Zell Miller, a Democrat, and North Carolina's Elizabeth Dole, a Republican. At the end of this e.lert you will find a state-by-state table listing how many e-mails have been sent.

This morning, I received a call from Julio Gomez, a member of a small Spanish church outside of Bakersfield, California. Last Sabbath, with support from his pastor, he delivered a ten minute appeal to his church, and asked for permission to send e-mails on their behalf from his home, in support of the bill. Julio told the story of how Moses went to Pharaoh and requested permission to worship God in the desert, and how the Jews were accused of being lazy, wanting to avoid work. Julio said he has also been accused of being lazy for insisting on attending church on Sabbath instead of working. Fifty-four people agreed, and gave their names and addresses. This week, Julio will visit another Spanish church in Bakersfield, and collect more names.

What have you done to obtain e-mails in support of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act? What will you do this Sabbath?

21,000 e-mails is an excellent start! Yet, with Adventist Church membership in California approaching 200,000, we can generate 20,000 e-mails from California alone. In order to pass this bill, everyone reading this e.lert needs to do all in their power to generate mail in support of "WRFA". For ideas on what you can do, visit our excellent resources at www.churchstate.org.

We have established the following goals for the five states of the Pacific Union Conference:

Arizona 1,000
California 20,000
Hawaii 500
Nevada 250
Utah 250

There is no time limit for this campaign. Because the political climate is ripe, the Adventist Church across North America, together with our coalition of dozens of other religious groups, is pushing hard to get this bill passed this year. Now is the best chance we may ever have to protect religious freedom in the workplace.

Many of you have already sent your own e-mails, but our list indicates that there are other family members who have not yet sent theirs. Remind your immediate family and circle of friends to send their e-mails. Help them. If everyone receiving this e.lert will commit to obtaining 20 e-mails, we would make our goal. Some of you can obtain 50, like Julio did, others 100. Many of you could obtain more e-mails, by forwarding this message, and encouraging others to forward it. It takes only 60 seconds to write your U.S. Senators, at www.churchstate.org. Thank you for your continued support. In addition, we have many resources about the bill, and good suggestions for what you can do, at www.churchstate.org, and at www.religiousliberty.info.

State Emails Letters Total
California 5526 115 5641
Washington 1828 8 1490
Michigan 1193 19 1212
Tennessee 1145 36 1181
Florida 1069 50 1119
Oregon 936 7 943
Texas 734 27 761
Georgia 669 9 678
Maryland 513 22 535
North Carolina 452 12 464
Ohio 421 13 434
Virginia 392 27 419
United States 362 10 372
Arizona 346 9 355
Illinois 329 20 349
New York 318 13 331
Missouri 325 3 328
Pennsylvania 312 7 319
Idaho 288 13 301
Alabama 277 12 289
Kansas 254 3 257
Indiana 202 42 244
Colorado 231 0 231
Nebraska 27 8 225
South Carolina 217 8 225
Wisconsin 217 4 221
Arkansas 215 3 218
Minnesota 205 6 211
Oklahoma 207 2 209
Kentucky 207 1 208
Massachusetts 186 2 188
New Mexico 167 0 167
West Virginia 148 1 149
Iowa 138 2 140
Maine 132 0 132
Utah 111 17 128
New Jersey 120 4 124
Louisiana 122 0 122
New Hampshire 117 1 118
Montana 111 0 111
Mississippi 80 4 84
South Dakota 75 6 81
Alaska 66 9 75
Wyoming 55 10 65
Nevada 63 1 64
North Dakota 48 0 48
Hawaii 42 0 42
Vermont 33 3 36
Delaware 31 0 31
Connecticut 29 0 29
Other 6 3 9
Rhode Island 8 0 8
District of Columbia 7 0 7
Total 21156 572 21728

 

These religious liberty newsflashes and legislative e.lerts are published by the Pacific Union Conference Department of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty.