September 5, 2000
Office of the President
Dear Friend of the National Legal Foundation:
Well, its that time of year again. Our children and grandchildren have headed back to school.
And this year they have headed back to a controversy.
And what is that controversy? Is it distribution of birth control in the public schools? No. Is it schools promoting the homosexual lifestyle? No.
Unfortunately, schools do these things all the time. What is so controversial that it has caught the attention of the national media? PRAYER!
Thats right. While schools and the media dont consider distribution of birth control or promotion of homosexuality to be controversial, they do consider prayer to be controversial.
Last week, while I was getting ready for work, I saw a story on one of the morning news shows that treated this very issue as some great debate.
Why is this such an issue this year? Because the Supreme Court of the United States has once again trampled upon our religious heritage. This past June, the Supreme Court declared that students in the Santa Fe, Texas, school district could not allow a student speaker to deliver remarks before sporting events if those remarks might include prayers.
WHAT AN OUTRAGE!
As you know by now, the National Legal Foundation does not sit idly by when such outrages are committed. And praise the Lord, the American people are not sitting idly by either. In many parts of the country, students and others are praying at football games. The attitude of these people is this: The Supreme Court may be able to tell one school district that it cant allow students to use its microphone. But the Court sure cant tell private American citizens that they cant pray.
We believe that these people are exactly right! In fact, you or other National Legal Foundation supporters may even be participating in these prayers. We hope you are.
But we believe that, just as many private citizens want to do the right thing, so do many school districts.
And that is why we have banded together with other public interest law firms and Professor George Dent to educate Americas public schools about the continuing rights of our children and grandchildren.
Together we have complied a great legal resource to help protect our high school kids.
In fact, I have enclosed a copy of this document for you.
Now, I realize that prayer at high school football games is not a tradition in all parts of the country. But when you look at our letter, you will see how many different rights that all school children have. And if Americas school officials are not educated these rights could be in jeopardy everywhere in the country.
You see, when the Supreme Court speaks, school officials all across the country including where you live may over-react. Thats why we have provided this resource to you.
PLEASE USE THIS LETTER IN ANY WAY YOU CAN. YOU MAY NEED TO USE IT IN A SITUATION INVOLVING YOUR OWN CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN. OR YOU MAY KNOW A FRIEND WHO NEEDS THE LETTER. OR GIVE IT TO YOUR PASTOR TO DISTRIBUTE AT CHURCH. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MAKE AS MANY COPIES AS YOU WANT.
Even if you cant use this letter yourself, I wanted you to have a copy . . . so that you could see how your financial support of the National Legal Foundation is helping children and parents all across the country.
We couldnt do it without you.
For the Children,
Steven W. Fitschen
P.S. I havent even had the space to tell about the other back-to-school activities that we are busy with. Defending Bible Clubs. Helping teachers know what their rights are. Helping school boards create good policies.
Remember, if you ever need our services, we are here for you. In the meantime, your prayers and financial gifts help us defend others. Thank you so much for enabling us to keep the fight going.
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