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March 6, 2003

Office of the President
Steven W. Fitschen

Dear Friend of the National Legal Foundation:

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to come to its senses about the Pledge of Allegiance.

When I last wrote to you about the Pledge, a three-judge panel had just declared the Pledge unconstitutional. You know about the firestorm that erupted across the country. Americans from all walks of life were shocked and outraged!

But now, the Ninth Circuit has done it again!

You see, instead of taking this case directly to the United States Supreme Court, the defendants who were sued by the atheist Michael Newdow asked the entire Ninth Circuit to re-hear the case and undo the outrageous decision by the three-judge panel.


And that’s why I need your help again. Working closely with the various governments that were sued—federal, state, and local—we must now file a brief at the United States Supreme Court. We must convince the Court to take this case.

Many other Christian organizations don’t file briefs like this. They wait until the Court makes up its mind whether to take the case or not. If—and only if—the Court agrees to hear the case will they file a brief.

But we know this is a dangerous strategy. If the Court refuses to hear the case, then this horrible opinion from the Ninth Circuit will stand.


That’s why we must file a brief NOW! And that’s why I must hear from you TODAY.

Please pray about sending your very best gift right away. We cannot wait for the Supreme Court to make up its mind . . . by then it may be too late!

But rest assured, if the Supreme Court does accept this case, the National Legal Foundation will be there AGAIN . . . representing YOUR interests, your Pledge.

With YOUR help, we will not go away on this issue. As I told you last time I wrote to you about the Pledge, this case is about much more than just the Pledge.

And now some honest federal judges are saying the same thing! When the latest Ninth Circuit decision came out, some judges dissented from the decision. And they agree with what I wrote.

According to them, if this decision is allowed to stand—if it is unconstitutional for our children and grandchildren to recite the Pledge in school—then it would also be unconstitutional for them to recite or sing any of the following in school:

    • The Constitution itself
    • The Declaration of Independence
    • The Gettysburg Address
    • "God Bless America," "America the Beautiful," and the National Anthem
    • The National Motto

Why? Because each one mentions God! Is this the kind of country you want to live in?

But that’s not all. These honest judges also note that all of the following parts of our national heritage would be at risk:

    • Thanksgiving as a national holiday
    • Christmas as a national holiday
    • The words "God save the United States and this Honorable Court" spoken at the United States Supreme Court every time it is in session
    • The National Motto on our coins and currency

This outrage must be stopped!

Please let me hear from you today . . . so much is at risk—even some federal judges are willing to admit it. Thank you for standing together with me to defend OUR Pledge!

For religious liberty,

Steven W. Fitschen

P.S. REMEMBER, we must act NOW. We cannot wait for the Supreme Court to make up its mind. By then it may be too late. We must make the arguments that will convince them that they MUST take this case. Our brief could make all the difference since many other groups don’t file briefs at this stage. YOU could be part of the team that saves the Pledge!




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