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September 12, 2003

Office of the President
Steven W. Fitschen

The battles for religious liberty and against pornography just keep going!  Please read below to see how your support of the NLF has been making a difference.

 

Dear Friend of the National Legal Foundation:

             As always, back to school time is a busy season for us here at the National Legal Foundation.  For one thing, we gear up for “See You at the Pole.”  You’ve probably heard of this national prayer event held each year, shortly after the children go back to school. 

But lots of other things are going on around here, too.

             So I thought I’d tell you a little about “See You at the Pole” and about just one of the many other activities we’ve been involved with since I last wrote to you.

 By the time you get this letter, “See You at the Pole” will either be just a few days away or just a few days in the past.  It’s a wonderful event.  All across this country, students gather together to publicly acknowledge God!  What an exciting sight!

 And that, of course, is why some people want to stop it.  There are those in this country who hate God and hate Christians.  They are not satisfied with being atheists themselves.  They want to prevent you and me—and America’s children—from exercising our religion, from declaring that we love God.

 In fact, in the early years of “See You at the Pole,” some children were actually arrested!  Yes, sad but true, children were actually arrested in America simply for praying.

 Fortunately, in recent years, there have been many fewer problems.  But you must understand that the reason that there have been fewer problems is because of the vigilance of groups like the NLF.

 That’s right. Because you have supported us financially, you and I together have been able to stand up to schools across this land that did not want to let our students pray in public.

 Some of these schools were actually hostile to religion.  But many were just afraid of a lawsuit from groups like the ACLU, People for the American Way, and American United for Separation of Church and State

            But thanks to your support, the National Legal Foundation and others have been able to persuade even these radical left-wing groups that “See You at the Pole” is constitutional.  In fact, all three of these groups—and many more—have signed a public statement saying just that.

 So in recent years, we haven’t had to file any lawsuits over “See you at the Pole.”  Praise God for that!

BUT . . . that’s not the end of the story.  We still have to stand up for the rights of students—and teachers—every year.  Many schools are still unaware that the ACLU won’t sue.  Many principals are still hostile to religion.  So every year we have to step up to the plate to defend students and teachers.

 Just because we don’t have to go to court doesn’t make the battle any less real.  It just means that we can win a little easier . . . and I’ll take that any day!

 Let me share just two examples.  Yesterday, we received a call from a young man who was told that if he wanted to hang up a poster about “See You at the Pole,” he would have to cut the Bible verse off the bottom!  WHAT AN OUTRAGE!  We were able to provide him with materials to take to his principal.

 Then TODAY we received another call about posters . . . and this time the students were told they could not hang the posters up at all!

 We cannot and do not let these situations go unchallenged!  BUT, as I mentioned, even with “See You at the Pole” on the horizon, there is so much more that demands our attention.  Let me give you just one example.

 I was recently asked to add my name to a letter to the President of the United States.  I and the other signers of the letter are calling upon the President to issue a Proclamation supporting vigorous enforcement of federal obscenity laws. 

I was proud to sign this Proclamation on behalf of the National Legal Foundation . . . and on behalf of our supporters, including you! 

The signers included leaders from anti-pornography groups, other Christian ministries, and various denominations.  I am sure we were asked to sign this letter because YOUR past support has enabled us to file briefs at the United States Supreme Court which have shown others that we are a key fighter on this issue.  In fact, over the years, I have done numerous interviews in the American and international media on the topic of pornography—again, because your prayers and gifts have enabled us to acquire expertise.

And so, I wanted to let you know about just two of the important projects that you enable us to do—defend the rights of Christian students to pray and to address the President about pornography.

 But these are just two examples . . . without your prayers and gifts we would not be able to do any of the things God has called us to.  Thank you so much.

 Won’t you please let me hear from you today and let me know¾with your most generous gift ¾that you are still standing with us in the fight for religious liberty and against pornography?

 

With much gratitude, 

 Steven W. Fitschen
            President

P.S.  Please remember, whether you get this letter before or after “See You at the Pole,” defending this event is just one of many ways that you and I help protect the rights of our children.  All year long, we defend Bible Clubs.  At Christmas, we defend choirs that want to sing religious songs.  We are ALWAYS there for children who are penalized for mentioning God or Jesus in their school assignments. 

And it is your support that makes ALL of our work possible.  (We just sent another brief to the United States Supreme Court . . . when it rains, it pours!)  That’s why I need to hear from you today!  Thanks again.

 

 

 


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