January 22, 2003
Office of the President
Dear Friend of the National Legal Foundation:
Although 2002 has just ended and 2003 has begun, the fight for freedom never ends!
We cant fight it according to the calendar. The battle doesnt 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 nations public schools. Even though the Supreme Court ruled in our favor in the famous Mergens Bible Club caseTHIRTEEN 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!
We never charge a fee for the legal services we provide. Many of the people and organizations we represent couldnt afford to pay if we did. But our freedoms are precious. They must be defended, no matter what the cost. Thats why we need you.
Bible Clubs and students personal Bibles arent the only battlefronts. The Ten Commandments remain under attack. So does the Pledge of Allegiance!
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 year 2003 could see one of the worst attacks we have seen in a long time! Besides our religious liberty work on issues like Bible Clubs, the Pledge, and the Ten Commandments, we will have to fight on all the fronts that you have helped us with before:
The battle will be fierce. But with your help, we will be there.
We want to do all these things . . . and more. But we must make choices based on the funds available. Now is the time we must make decisions about which cases and activities to undertake this year. THIS IS THE CRUCIAL HOUR.
Please take a moment right now to pray about your part. Your gift today will make a wonderful difference in all our ongoing battles to defend religious freedom.
If you dont help today, groups like the ACLU and People for the American Way will continue erasing religion from our public schools and 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 see outrageous anti-Christian bigotry every time we and other Christians speak out on these issues. But we will not be stopped! With your gifts and prayers, we will have the financial resources and the moral support to keep going. Please pray about your part today. And please dont delay in sending in your renewal card. Thanks.
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