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December 21, 2001

Office of the President
Steven W. Fitschen

2001 has been a year like no other! We will never forget the national tragedy of September 11. But we will never forget the bravery of the many heroes, either. We must draw from their example. Just as ordinary citizens rose to the occasion with incredible valor, so we must rise to the occasion as the ACLU and others bent on the destruction of the family, religious freedom, and common decency redouble their efforts.

Dear Friend of the National Legal Foundation:

At the end of every year, I write one last letter to our friends and supporters. But as I write this year’s letter to you, I am so very aware of what a different year this has been.

Like December 7, 1941, the date of the attack on Pearl Harbor, September 11, 2001, is a day that will live in infamy.

In some ways, it seems as though nothing will ever be the same again.

But in at least one way, things are exactly the same as they were before September 11. The forces of evil are still trying to destroy the family, religious freedom, and the very fabric of our society.

I am so glad that President Bush has returned the word "evil" to our public discourse. The terrorists of September 11, al Qaeda, and Osama bin Laden are certainly evil.

But, not all of the "evil doers" are foreign enemies. Those like the radical homosexuals, the ACLU, and others who seek to destroy the family, religious liberty, and common decency also have an evil agenda.

And just as we are standing against the evil forces of terrorism that seek to destroy this country from without, so must we also stand against the evil forces of radical secularism and sexual perversion that seek to destroy it from within.

And that is where the real parallel with September 11 comes in.

I’m sure you have heard many accounts of United Airlines Flight 93. That’s the plane that crashed in the Pennsylvania countryside. No doubt you have heard how the passengers, who started out the day as ordinary citizens, ended up as heroes. After their plane was hi-jacked, some of the passengers were able to make phone calls and learned of the earlier crashes.

These brave passengers determined to make sure their plane was not used to kill innocent lives on the ground.

And so they attacked the terrorists, sacrificing their own lives to save others. Many believe this plane was headed for the White House.

And you have probably also heard the story of one of those passengers, Todd Beamer. He placed a call to an airphone operator. He ended their conversation by asking her to pray the Lord’s Prayer with him.

After that, she heard him say, "Let’s roll!"

And then Todd and his fellow passengers rushed the terrorists . . . and died heroes.

President Bush has rightly used Todd Beamer’s last words as a rallying cry in the war against terror.

But these words can also serve as a rallying cry for our fight against the radical homosexual agenda, the forces of abortion on demand, the evil of pornography, and the oppression of religious liberty.

I have recently written several letters to you about some of the most outrageous attacks against this country:

  • In California, on September 12—the day after the terrorist attacks!—the legislature passed a bill giving homosexual partners twelve of the benefits of marriage.
  • In Washington, D.C., Senator Ted Kennedy and homosexual Representative Jim Kolbe pushed for "domestic partner" benefits for the District of Columbia, a "hate crime" measure in an education bill, and a homosexual jobs bill. The hate crime measure could result in teachers telling Christian children that their Biblical beliefs about homosexuality are bigotry.
  • The Ten Commandments are under attack in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

But that’s not all. There are many other attacks that I’ve never even had a chance to tell you about:

  • Schools refusing to let local churches take out ads in the yearbook, when everyone else can.
  • Schools trying to "quarantine" Bible clubs from the rest of the clubs in the yearbook.
  • Schools not letting student speakers talk about God in their graduation speeches.

That’s why we need your prayers and your supportHere are just a few of the cases that we have already filed briefs in, but are waiting for the court to make its decision:

  • Ashcroft v. ACLU at the United States Supreme Court—this is an Internet pornography case. We must stop this evil in our nation.
  • Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition, also at the United States Supreme Court—this is another Internet pornography case, this one involving a federal statute specifically aimed at outlawing child pornography. Can you believe it, the pornographers think even this filth should be allowed in this country!
  • Burns v. Burns in the Georgia Court of Appeals—this is the case in which two lesbians are trying to force Georgia to declare that their relationship is equal to a marriage.

The work is done on these cases—at least for this round. But we need your prayers . . . we need God to touch the hearts of the judges and justices.

But all of our other work is still going on . . . and that’s why I need your financial support.

You see, the forces of evil inside our country need to be met with ordinary citizens—you and me—who are willing to stand up and fight.

Simply because the sacrifice we are called upon to make is less dramatic than laying down our lives does not mean that our sacrifice is any less important. Here at the NLF we are determined to do our part. But because our services are always free, we can’t fight the good fight without your financial sacrifice.

And as I write this year-end letter—one written in a new era for our country—I believe that I can count on you to make the necessary sacrifice.

As I wrote to you after being in Washington, D.C., on September 11, I have re-dedicated myself to fighting this fight. Everyone here at the NLF is dedicated to this fight. And I know—because of your support for this organization—that you are dedicated to this fight, as well.

I believe that together, you and I—ordinary citizens—can stand up to the pornographers, the abortionists, the Radical homosexuals, and the secularists.

I believe that with God’s help, we can look these enemies square in the eye and say . . .

Let’s Roll,

 Steven W. Fitschen

P.S. Please know that we regularly pray for our friends and supporters. We are praying for you to have a blessed Christmas and New Year season.

P.P.S. Often this time of year, we find ourselves with a $50,000 year-end short fall. This year, the situation is worse. We currently face a $92,000 shortfall. That’s why we need our friends—including you—to pray about a sacrificial year-end gift. If you have never made such a gift to the NLF, won’t you please consider one this year. If you have made such a gift in previous years, won’t you please pray about an increase for this year . . . our enemies know that giving to our cause is down and they are aggressively trying to take advantage of the situation. Let’s be ready to meet them.




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