January 23, 2001
Although one year has just ended and the new one has begun, the fight for freedom never ends!
We can't fight it according to the calendar. The battle doesn't start or end on schedule. As the defenders of religious liberty, we must always be ready for battle . . . new skirmishes constantly erupt, and the old ones hardly ever die out completely.
For example, consider the battle for our nation's public schools. Even though the Supreme Court ruled in our favor in the famous Mergens Bible Club case -- ELEVEN YEARS AGO! -- we continue to have to defend student Bible Clubs.
Students in Bible clubs are routinely told that they cannot have the same access to the morning announcements and the bulletin board that all other clubs enjoy.
Or worse yet . . . some schools try to tell our children that they cannot even carry a Bible with them in school. What an outrage!
My friend, THE ENEMIES OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM -- radical groups like the ACLU, People for the American Way, the homosexual activists and their allies -- refuse to stop their assault on our liberties.
That's why I'm asking you to return the enclosed statement of renewal with your gift to the National Legal Foundation today.
We never charge a fee for the legal services we provide. Many of the people and organizations we represent couldn't afford to pay if we did. But our freedoms are precious. They must be defended, no matter what the cost. That's why we need you.
Bible clubs and students personal Bibles arent the only battlefronts. The Ten Commandments remain under attack. So does Ohios motto, "With God All Things are Possible." In fact, so does our national motto, "In God We Trust."
Thanks to our friends like you, we have been able to file some very important briefs on these issues . . . and we must be financially ready to do the same in the future.
BUT the fiercest battle of all will be the continuing struggle to defend the family. Since 1991, the National Legal Foundation has been fighting to protect the family from being redefined . . . and to protect your right to believe what the Bible says about homosexuality without being labeled a bigot!
This coming year will be a critical time in the battle against the homosexual agenda. Even though we stopped same-sex marriage in Vermont, we must now stop the effects of civil unions. We are continuing to work with pro-family forces on a state-by-state effort to protect every state . . . including yours.
But we are also working at the federal level. Believe it or not, it may take an amendment to the United States Constitution to totally protect marriage in America. The National Legal Foundation is already in the forefront of the forces working to stop the destruction of marriage and the family. And we wont give up!
The battle will be fierce. But with your help, we will be there.
And thats not all. We want to continue our work in defense of the unborn. We will speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
We want to do all these things . . . and more. But we must make choices based on the funds available. That's why your renewal today is urgently needed. Now is the time we must make decisions about which major cases and activities to undertake this year. THIS IS THE CRUCIAL HOUR.
Please take a moment right now to pray about your part and to complete and return your statement of renewal, together with a generous gift, in the envelope provided. Your gift today will make a wonderful difference in all our ongoing battles to defend religious freedom.
If you don't help today, groups such as the ACLU and the People for the American Way will continue to censor religion from our public schools . . . and the homosexual activists will succeed in redefining marriage.
The defense of freedom and decency rests in your hands. Please send your statement of renewal in the next few days.
Steven W. Fitschen
P.S. In many ways, the deck has been stacked against us. We have just witnessed outrageous anti-Christian bigotry in the John Ashcroft confirmation hearings. The media is biased. Much of the federal judiciary is out of control. The FDA has approved the abortion pill RU-486. And it seems that the radical activists have an unlimited supply of resources. We must fight harder this year than ever before. We can't do it without you. Please send your renewal card and your gift today!
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