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April 12, 2000

Dear Friend of the National Legal Foundation:

You know that the Ten Commandments are important.

They are important for you and me to live out. They are important for us to teach to our children and grandchildren.

But they are also important for the United States as a nation. As George Washington said, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge God.

This seems like a simple truth to people like you and me. But it makes the ACLU see red!

With your help, the National Legal Foundation has defended the Ten Commandments before.

With the help of our faithful supporters—such as you—we defended Alabama judge Roy Moore all the way to the Alabama Supreme Court. Thanks to you and thousands of like-minded people, Judge Moore was able to continue to display the Ten Commandments in his court room.

With your help we started R.S.V.P.—the Religious Symbols Victory Project—to address the problem of the ACLU and others attacking our religious heritage.

And now with your help, we will undertake the first massive R.S.V.P. program—defending the Ten Commandments in a systematic way.

We are frequently contacted by individuals and localities that need our help defending the Ten Commandments. In just the past few months, we have been contacted by folks in five different states. In the past few years, it’s been ten states. That’s one out of every five states in the nation!

The most recent call was two days ago. This issue is one that needs attention NOW!

This battle is a tough one. BUT IT IS WINNABLE! However, we must have a carefully conceived and carried out battle plan.

Here’s why this battle is so tough: There is a bad Supreme Court case that we have to deal with and several bad lower court cases, too.

But here’s why we MUST tackle this battle: More and more states are passing legislation allowing or requiring the posting of the Ten Commandments. We know the law suits will come—the ACLU and others will not let this go unchallenged. Therefore, we must be prepared.


The defense of the Ten Commandments will be costly. But so was the defense of Judge Moore . . . and you helped us finance and win that case.

I know I can count on your financial help again . . . because I know you understand the symbolic significance of the Ten Commandments. If the ACLU can win the battle of the Ten Commandments, no religious display will be safe. No nativity scene. No city seal. Nothing.

Please help fund the vital research that will lay the ground work for years of legal battles . . . and legal victories!

Fighting for the Ten Commandments,

Steven W. Fitschen

P.S. I’ve already pulled two staff members in on this project and I am personally working on it, too. We have to do an exhaustive job. We must know every Ten Commandments case that has ever been decided and why the courts ruled as they did. But we also have to know how these cases fit into the broader array of all religious display cases and of all Establishment Clause cases.

Then we have to strategize how to convince the courts that the bad cases do not match the intent of the Framers of the Constitution. In other words, we have to figure out how to move from "what is" to "what ought to be."

And on top of all of that, we have to evaluate the requests for help that we receive. How sad it would be to have enough funding to do the research but not enough funding to actually litigate the cases. Remember, the average United States Supreme Court case costs between $250,000 and $500,000.

But because we don’t charge our clients for our legal services, we must have the support of friends like you. If you agree with me that the Ten Commandments are worth defending, please pray today about the very best gift you can give. A gift of $100, $50, or $25 will really make a difference. In fact, a gift of any size will help. If you can only give a smaller gift, we understand. If you can give much more, please do. God bless you for your generosity.

If possible, please send your gift today . . . the research has already begun.




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