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October 20, 2003

 Dear Friend of the National Legal Foundation: 

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news that the United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Pledge of Allegiance Case

When I last wrote to you about the Pledge, I asked you to pray for and help fund a brief we were writing to the Supreme Court—a brief that would make the point that they MUST hear this case. 

Well, now—thanks to your prayers and gifts, the hard work of the National Legal Foundation staff, and similar hard work by many others involved in this case—the Court has done just that!   


 And now the battle begins in earnest

The other side will pull out all the stops . . . AND WE MUST RESPOND!! 


We will not be fighting just against the atheist Michael Newdow.  No!  Every major atheist and separationist group in the country will be involved in this fight! 

Please send your very best gift today to help fund our brief that will help save the Pledge of Allegiance.

 This battle is critical . . . and it is about a lot more than just the Pledge of Allegiance.

 As I told you in my last letter about the Pledge, some honest federal judges are trying to get people to realize how much is at risk. 

When the Ninth Circuit refused to re-hear this case, some judges dissented from that decision.  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: 

Ø      The Constitution itself 

Ø      The Declaration of Independence 

Ø      The Gettysburg Address 

Ø      “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful,” and the National Anthem 

Ø      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: 

Ø      Thanksgiving as a national holiday 

Ø      Christmas as a national holiday 

Ø      The words “God save the United States and this Honorable Court” spoken at the United States Supreme Court every time it is in session 

Ø      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. We desperately need your prayers and support RIGHT AWAY!  On the same day that the Court decided to hear the Pledge case, it also decided to hear another Internet pornography case.  We will be working on this brief at the very same time.  And I will meet with the staff this week to decide whether we can file as many as three more briefs in the lower federal courts!  We really need your financial and prayer support immediately!  Thanks so much for always being there for the National Legal Foundation and for those that we represent free of charge!




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