Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2005 Momentum Building
By Alan Reinach
Every day three Seventh-day Adventists lose their jobs rather than work on Sabbath. Others are never hired because they won’t work on Sabbath. Thousands of e.mails and petition signatures have already been gathered in support of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, S-677 and HR 1445, but much more is needed.
The May issue of the Pacific Union Recorder will soon appear in mailboxes, containing a copy of the petition we circulated by e.mail last month. Additional copies of the petition have been included below and as an attachment for your convenience.
It is imperative that we generate at least 100,000 e.mails and petition signatures in support of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act. To this end, the Public Affairs & Religious Liberty Department has established a basic goal of 500 e.mails and petition signatures for the smaller churches (up to 250 members) and a basic goal of 1,000 e.mails and petition signatures for the larger churches.
The super goals are 1,000 and 2,000 respectively.
This means that everyone needs to send their own e.mails and sign the petition, but also, to obtain support from their immediate circle of friends, neighbors, co-workers, and even to go into the community to obtain support.
Here is what we all need to do:
- Send an e.mail to our Senators and Representatives at www.religiousliberty.info
- Print this e.lert and distribute it widely, at church, to family and friends, and at work; forward this e.lert as widely as possible, and add your own encouragement to people to care enough to send their own e.mails.
- Print the petition form, copy and distribute it widely, collect signatures yourself, and urge others to circulate the petition.
- Phone, fax or mail your members of Congress. The blue government pages located in your local phone book have this information listed. Congress’s contact information can also be found on the NARLA site by entering your zip code where prompted. However, there is still nothing better than a personal letter.
Passage of this bill will directly impact the life of your congregation. You may or may not know of individuals within your congregation who are working on Sabbath, although they don’t want to. If WRFA is passed, many of these members will be able to avoid Sabbath work.
Please make a commitment to see that every member of your church supports passage of this bill. Thank you in advance!
These religious liberty newsflashes and legislative e.lerts are published by the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Department of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty.