December 5, 2001
Office of the President
Dear Friend of the National Legal Foundation:
Ive never seen anything like it.
The ACLU filed a motion in federal courtin a Ten Commandments casestating that it couldnt file its brief on time and asking the court to please let it file the brief late!
What reason did the ACLU give? They told the court that they had not been able to fully respond to the arguments in the briefs filed by the other side . . . and in the National Legal Foundations brief!
Thats right, this is the case that I wrote to you about several months ago. The ACLU has sued three counties in Kentucky, challenging displays of the Ten Commandments. As I mentioned in my earlier letter, the lawyers defending the Ten Commandments asked for us to file an amicus brief (also called a friend-ofthe-court brief). We were the only group that came to their aid.
When they asked for our help, I asked for your help!
And now we know what your prayers and financial help has done. The arguments in our brief were so powerful, the ACLU couldnt even file their brief on time.
To you I say, "THANK YOU! JOB WELL DONE!"
When you look at the motion, you will notice that the ACLU brief was only one day late. But as any lawyer can tell you, late is late. The court could reject the brief for being one minute late.
Whether the court ultimately rejects their brief or not, it is clear that you and I have really rocked the ACLU back on its heels!
BUT . . . we must realize that the ACLU never stops when they receive a setback. Just since I last wrote to you about this case, the ACLU has filed suit against FOUR MORE Kentucky counties!
Just as we made a huge difference in the current case, we can make a huge difference in these other cases. We must be ready to offer our free legal assistance to these counties. We want to be ready to do all we canwe will handle the litigation if they want us to. We will assist the county attorneys in a joint effort if they want us to. Or we will file more "rock-them-on-their-heels" amicus briefs if they want us to.
As I begin the process of finding out exactly what our role will be, I need to know that I can count on you once again.
Lets step up to the plate once more. Lets continue to defend the Ten Commandments!
Lets fight the ACLU in Kentucky today and get ready to fight them wherever we have to tomorrow!
Defending our Religious Liberty,
Steven W. Fitschen
P.S. I was so excited by this news that I just had to share it with you. However, that means that I havent had a chance to tell you about our Christmas time activities. Even after the events of September 11, there are still those who are hostile to religion in the public square . . . and especially in our schools. Please remember that as we gear up for the ongoing Ten Commandments fights we must also have the funds to defend religious freedom during the Christmas season.
Thats why we really need to hear from you in the next few days. We have been contacted by teachers and parents who have been told that they cannot include any religious songs in their holiday concerts. Weve also been contacted by two Bible clubs who are having their meeting discussions censored by their principal. This is why I need your help. You can make a real difference in all of these situations with your prayers and your donation. Thank you so much!
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