Tony Perkins

President

(FRC) Family Research Council

(P.O. Box 2339, Holland, MI 49422-2339)

801 G Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Ph: 202-393-2100, FAX: 202-393-2134; (800) 225-4008; frc.org

 

ADVANCING FAITH, FAMILY AND FREEDOM

 

March 2014

 

Dear Friend,

 

If you believe as I do, that natural marriage is culturally, legally, and most importantly, biblically, the union between one man and one woman, I need you to act now. The opponents of natural marriage are moving quickly not only to legalize, but also normalize, same-sex "marriage." And they're getting lots of help from the Obama administration.

 

There has never been a time more critical to join Family Research Council (FRC) in the defense of natural marriage than right now. FRC will need your continued financial support if we are to prevail over radical homosexual, lesbian, and transgender groups who have now been joined by the federal government in an all-out push to undermine natural marriage by forcing Americans to celebrate what God calls sin.

 

But before you prayerfully consider the amount of your March gift to FRC, I have an important request. Please [request for and] add your name to the Family Research Council's Faith, Family, and Freedom Declaration. It is my goal to present your name along with thousands of others to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

 

As you may know, Senator Cruz is one of the most ardent defenders of natural marriage in Congress. He fought hard in support of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He has also successfully defended Texas marriage laws from federal interference.

 

By adding your name to the Faith, Family, and Freedom Declaration, you will not only show Senator Cruz that you support him for all he has done to affirm natural marriage, but you will also demonstrate to his colleagues in the Senate that . . .

 

SAME-SEX "MARRIAGE" IS NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA!

 

This fact is obvious to people like you and me who can cite reason after rational reason why the sanctity of marriage should only apply to the covenant relationship between one man and one woman.

 

Yet, many of your friends and neighbors have been deceived by the endless propaganda of the radical Left in the media, in the schools and, sadly, in some churches and ministries. Today America is apparently equally divided on the issue of same-sex "marriage." According to January 2014 statistics, 47 percent of Americans oppose same-sex "marriage" while 47 percent favor it.

 

This is a seismic shift from a decade ago when a wide majority opposed same-sex "marriage." But the fact remains, nearly half of all Americans still oppose same-sex "marriage" and 33 states have constitutional amendments and laws on the books supporting natural marriage. Sadly, these . . .

 

State laws protecting natural marriage are in grave danger of being overturned by the White House and its lawless Department of Justice!

 

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Senator Cruz criticized the President for his "willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies by executive fiat." Rather than carry out his constitutional duty, the President has blatantly refused to enforce the laws he does not agree with and to rule without the consent of Congress by abusing executive orders.

 

Nowhere is this "persistent pattern of lawlessness" more evident than the President's targeting of natural marriage and, to a greater extent, religious liberty.

 

In 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which FRC had helped develop and promote. During his entire administration, President Obama has made it clear that he would not defend this law in court. In other words, he chose to ignore it.

 

In May of 2012, President Obama told ABC News that, "I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married." Since then there has been a growing concern about federal interference in state laws which protect natural marriage. Now that concern seems to be well-founded.

 

A couple of months ago, Federal Judge Robert Shelby declared that Utah's amendment protecting natural marriage was unconstitutional; Fortunately, the Supreme Court put this controversial ruling on hold until the appeals court could weigh in. However, it seems that the Obama administration is not as concerned about the voters of Utah as the Supreme Court is.

 

In a shocking revelation, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder vowed that he would do what the state of Utah and the Supreme Court would not:

 

"I am confirming today that for purposes of federal law, these [same-sex] marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages."

 

So despite the fact that the voters of Utah confirmed natural marriage as the law of the state—and despite the Supreme Court's ruling and despite the part of DOMA that still is the law— President Obama's Department of Justice will offer more than 1.000 federal benefits to same-sex couples, who, under Utah law, aren't even legally "married"!

 

What this means for the 32 other states with laws that affirm natural marriage is frightening:

 

The same-sex "marriage" bullies in Washington

will force their opinions on your state!

 

And they'll distort the meaning of the l4th Amendment to the Constitution to make sure that men and men, and women and women, will be able to legally wed! But it won't stop there!

 

Marriage as we know it will become like Silly Putty By that I mean it will be "stretched" to become anything the liberal elements of our country want it to be. If natural marriage is so reduced that it becomes meaningless, then anything goes.

 

"Marriage" could soon include a union of three men and two women or a union of a man and his adult niece. I am not trying to be facetious but if natural marriage goes, then there is no logical legal argument to limit marriage to two people.

 

We simply CANNOT allow same-sex "marriage"

to destroy what God has ordained!

 

So what do we do? There are some who think that separating religious marriage from civil marriage is a reasonable compromise. Not so!

 

This so-called "compromise" is something Christians need to avoid at all costs. It would lead us down a path that would divide our spiritual and secular lives. All that we are is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Marriage is both religious and civil because our society and children cannot succeed without it. We should never retreat an inch when it comes to natural marriage.

 

If you look at this issue from a broad perspective, it is about much more than marriage. It is about . . .

 

Protecting religious freedom!

 

The attack on natural marriage is but one front on a much wider war against freedom of religion—and Christianity in particular. It is getting so bad that Christians are being intimidated, persecuted, and punished, not for anything they've done, but simply for expressing what they believe.

 

Examples of this systematic persecution are all over the news and internet.

 

Phil Robertson was initially fired from Duck Dynasty because he honestly answered a question about his views on marriage.

 

Sportscaster Craig James was fired from Fox Sports for virtually the same thing though his comments were made some time before when he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

 

A young sergeant found his 20-year military career threatened simply because he believes that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman.

 

No, we must not shrink back. If ever there was a time to stand firm, it is now. And that is exactly what FRC, with your continued support, will do. By taking on a conservative red state such as Utah—a state that strongly affirms natural marriage—the Holder Justice Department hopes to force other states where traditional values prevail to buckle under to the administration's goal to transform America.

 

We must let the people of Utah, and any other state where natural marriage is threatened, know that FRC and its supporters all over the country stand with them. The FRC team is currently working on Capitol Hill to encourage members of Congress to support legislation to protect state laws on marriage and prevent federal discrimination against Americans who have religious beliefs supporting natural marriage.

 

But just as importantly, FRC is mobilizing conservatives nationwide to get involved. We must stand in the gap against this lawless administration. And there is a real danger to our religious freedom if we retreat, pull up the drawbridge, and abandon our culture to those who think faith, family, and freedom are dirty words. We must be salt and light in our nation.

 

In the coming months, FRC will step up its efforts to encourage more Christians like you to get involved in the fight to defend natural marriage. We'll provide resources and other support to state leaders who are under fire for opposing same-sex "marriage." We'll continue to broadcast the truth on our daily radio program in an effort to counter the lies about same-sex "marriage." And we'll give you the sound research on why natural marriage is so important to the very foundation of our country.

 

In fact, I've enclosed some information for you, it's called . . .

 

"Ten Reasons Why Natural Marriage Matters."

 

It will give you excellent talking points on why natural marriage is so critical to our country today. And if you want even more in-depth research, you can go to frc.org. What's important is that you commit to stand firm in the defense of natural marriage. And a good way to do that is to support FRC financially. I have every reason to believe that the Obama administration would like FRC to go away. In a way, I take this as a compliment because it shows just how effective FRC has been in opposing his agenda to marginalize our faith.

 

But the FRC team cannot take the credit for all that FRC has done to advance faith, family, and freedom over the years. We could not have done it without you. Your faithful gifts literally keep us going. Please give whatever you can now, knowing that the future of natural marriage and religious freedom in America depends on your generosity to FRC at this critical time.

 

Please prayerfully consider giving a generous donation today. Your gift, no matter how large or small, will be an investment in preserving natural marriage and religious freedom in America.

 

Thank you for your prayers and generous support.

 

Standing (Ephesians 6:13),

Tony Perkins President

 

P.S.    When you send in your donation to FRC, don't forget to add your name to [requested] Family Research Council's Faith, Family, and Freedom Declaration. It is my goal to gamer MILLIONS of names nationwide and then present them to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz who has been at the forefront of the fight to defend natural marriage in America.

 

          By adding your name to the Faith, Family, and Freedom Declaration, you will show Senator Cruz that you support his efforts in defense of natural marriage and encourage him to convince his colleagues in the Senate that . . .

 

SAME-SEX "MARRIAGE" IS NOT GOOD FOR AMERICA!

 

[Please request for the Faith, Family, and Freedom Declaration (FRC, P.O. Box 2339, Holland, MI 49422-2339)!]

 

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Ten Reasons why Natural Marriage Matters

 

1.     Marriage is based on the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman, and the reality that children need a mother and a father.

 

2.     Marriage is the building block of all human civilization and benefits society in a way that tio other relationship does.

 

3.     Studies consistently show that children do better when raised by a married mom and dad. Redefining marriage will hurt children.

 

4.     Without both moms and dads, families more often depend on welfare.

 

5.     Redefining marriage defies biblical truth. It denigrates marriage to whatever whim the government or the culture say it is.

 

6.     Pushing out traditional views on the family leads to the erosion of religious liberty.

 

7.     Redefining marriage makes marriage about adult desires instead of the needs of children.

 

8.     Natural marriage is society's best guarantee of a limited government that stays out of family life.

 

9.     Extending marriage to same-sex couples will eventually lead to defining virtually every emotional relationship, including polygamy and polygamy, as "marriage."

 

10. The redefinition of marriage will arm the government to coerce Christians to recognize and affirm same-sex relationships.

 

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ADVANCING FAITH, FAMILY AND FREEDOM

 

February 14, 2014

 

Dear Friend,

 

[Partial letter] Ronald Reagan once said, "I believe that the most essential element of our defense of freedom is our insistence on speaking out for the cause of religious liberty."

 

Consider that for a moment. Like the Founders before him, President Reagan understood that religious freedom is the hinge upon which all of our liberties turn. If we don't acknowledge God as the source of our freedoms, then government will be the only source—and eliminate our freedoms as it pleases. That's what is happening today!

 

President Reagan also wisely observed that "The First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government tyranny."

 

Unfortunately, the First Amendment has not deterred a new generation of tyrants—so-called "progressives"—from launching out-and-out war against the Christian faith.

 

Despite the forces arrayed against us, which include the Obama administration, Family Research Council (FRC) is calling on you now to . . .

 

REFUSE TO SURRENDER.

 

It takes courage and vision and faith to stand for religious liberty today. But I believe are among those courageous Americans who are willing to stand—who will never surrender. And that's why I'm asking you to take a stand today.

 

Even though the vast majority of Americans agree with you and me about the importance of our First Amendment rights, it is important that from time to time we demonstrate for those in government and the media that Americans still believe that . . .

 

Faith cannot be silenced by government edict . . .

 

True religion cannot be confined within four walls . . .

 

Biblical truth cannot take a backseat to radical social policy!

 

But to do this, FRC needs your help . . . [Request for] the Family Research Council 2014 Religious Freedom Declaration. By signing this landmark document, you will demonstrate to those who want to destroy America's Christian heritage that you stand with FRC and will not waiver in defense of religious liberty.

 

Imagine the impact of hundreds of thousands of signed declarations of belief on elected officials, many of whom are being told Christian faith has no place in the public square. The radical progressives—whose goal is a completely secular America—must realize . . .

 

Christians cannot be bullied!

 

Already the tide is turning because the attacks on Christians have been so outrageous that the public is realizing how intolerant the liberal ruling elite really is. Just look at the way the aggressive attack on "Duck Dynasty" TV star, Phil Robertson, backfired.

 

Here's a guy who simply said what he believed according to the Bible and all of a sudden he finds himself in a huge firestorm. Within hours of when his interview in GQ magazine hit the streets, the homosexual activists from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) went on a feeding frenzy like a school of sharks. The A&E network buckled under the pressure and kicked Phil off the show not for anything he had done . . . but for expressing his beliefs.

 

But the American people pushed back. They didn't let the mouthpiece for the estimated 3 percent of the population that identifies as homosexual get away with its bullying this time. A&E reconsidered what was at stake—losing the audience of one of the most successful shows in cable history—and reinstated Phil.

 

But other victims of the liberal attack machine have not been so fortunate. Craig James, a former NFL running back, was fired in 2013 from his job as a FOX Sports commentator because he said that the homosexual lifestyle "is a choice" during his prior bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

 

It is truly frightening for freedom of speech in this country if a candidate for public office cannot be honest and respond to his constituents about where he stands on the issues for fear of reprisals such as losing his job.

 

So what lesson can we learn from these two recent attacks on religious liberty and freedom of speech? If we Christians stand up for biblical truth, as we did on behalf of Phil Robertson, we can and will win the fight to freely live and express our faith. If we remain silent, as many Christians did during the persecution of Craig James, we will be marginalized, censored, and intimidated by the lies and distortions of the Left.

 

Now is not the time to shrink back. There is no question that the biblical values

that made the United States the great nation that it is, are in grave danger.

 

The Obama administration, Hollywood, the mainstream media, and radical anti-faith groups such as GLAAD, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the ACLU are moving full steam ahead to remake America in their image. They are using all of their power and influence to tear down the pillars of morality, biblical truth, and Christian virtue.

 

Without religious freedom, we are defenseless no matter what the issue. It could be stopping the homosexual agenda or abortion. It could be strengthening natural marriage or feeding the poor or educating our children. If we are unable to operate according to our Christian faith, we will not have the ability to impact our culture in a meaningful and genuine way.

 

There is a reason the Founders made religious liberty America's First Freedom. Without it, all other freedoms crumble. George Washington said it best when he wrote, "The liberty enjoyed by the people of these states of worshipping Almighty God agreeable to their conscience, is not only among the choicest of their blessings, but also of their rights."

 

The Obama White House sneers at such "outdated" interference with their agenda. Chai Feldblum, a key figure in the Obama administration, has insisted that when religious liberty clashes with sexual expression that she has "a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win."

 

This worldview is chilling. Under President Obama, religious freedom will always take a backseat to every radical social policy. Take the HHS Mandate in ObamaCare that requires religious employers like Hobby Lobby or the Little Sisters of the Poor to cover contraceptives and drugs that can destroy human embryos. The President does not care if it is in direct conflict with your orthodox religious beliefs that you should not be forced to pay for pills that can act like an abortion.

 

The President often says he supports the freedom of worship. But in reality, he wants you to put your faith in a box and only let you pull it out Sunday morning—in private—for an hour or two.

 

If there ever was a time when Christians need to publicly speak the truth in love with one voice, it is now. We cannot be cowed into silence and lose our voice for lack of courage.

 

We not only need to speak out loudly for religious freedom,

but we need to speak TOGETHER!

 

FRC is willing to lead the charge as we continue to . . .

 

Work with key legislators to counter anti-Christian policies and convince legislators how certain legislation and executive orders will eliminate religious freedom in America.

 

Spearhead a coalition of organizations to save religious freedom.

 

File legal briefs on behalf of Christian business owners who have been threatened or punished for trying to run their businesses according to the teachings of the Bible.

 

Employ FRC's tremendous media influence to speak out for religious liberty and defend persecuted Christians such as Phil Robertson and Craig James.

 

Train, encourage and equip pastors in tens of thousands of churches across the country to encourage their congregations not to shrink from their responsibility to live their faith and be a witness to our culture.

 

This last focus of FRC is particularly important: We must reject the notion that our "worship" on Sunday is separate from our Christian life every day, and in every place. Our religious values—and religious freedom—apply to every part of life and we will not surrender them!

 

And right now, the work before us will be challenging. Because of the animosity the radical Left has toward Christians, it is tempting to respond in anger. But we must not adopt their methods. We need to speak the truth in love, but nevertheless proclaim the truth boldly.

 

I trust you understand this God-given mission . . . and that you understand the immense weight of this moment in history. That's why I have turned to you to be among the first to receive and . . .

 

[Request for and] Sign the FRC 2014 Religious Freedom Declaration.

 

It will show me in a very tangible way that you stand with FRC in our battle to preserve and protect religious liberty, not only for today but for generations to come. Knowing that you are behind FRC gives us the courage to go on even when our opposition is emboldened and we face incredible obstacles.

 

Most important is the impact of FRC's ability to demonstrate that we have hundreds of thousands of signatures of people of faith when we talk to the powers that be in Washington. This could very well drown out the small but strident minority that is radicalizing America and undermining our biblical heritage.

 

In addition to [requesting for,] signing and returning your Religious Freedom Declaration, would you also help FRC in two crucial ways?

 

First, remember to pray for us daily that we might be protected by the whole armor of God in our fight to preserve religious liberty in America. Even in the most trying situations, we can remain steadfast knowing that you are holding us up in prayer.

 

Second, give generously to the work of FRC. You can't even begin to imagine how important your continued financial support is. We are up against incredibly well-funded, radical organizations—not to mention the vast resources of the White House. We can never hope to match them dollar for dollar but God has a way of making the most of our limited funds. Like the boy who gave his lunch to Jesus, the effect of your gift now will be multiplied many times over.

 

So please give generously. Your contribution . . . will help FRC make sure that religious liberty will prevail in America. Thank you so much for your gift and for standing with FRC. God bless you and God bless America.

 

Standing (Ephesians 6:13),

Tony Perkins

President

 

 P.S.   [Request for] ...the Family Research Council 2014 Religious Freedom Declaration. Please sign this important document and return it with your gift to FRC within 15 days. By signing this declaration you will be standing alongside George Washington, America's Founders, Ronald Reagan, and more great figures in our God-guided history. You will demonstrate to those who want to destroy America's Christian heritage that you stand with FRC and refuse to surrender in the defense of religious liberty (FRC, P.O. Box 2339, Holland, MI 49422-2339).

 

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Lieutenant General William G. "Jerry" Boykin

United States Army, Retired 1971-2007

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council

(P.O. Box 2339, Holland, MI 49422-2339)

 

ADVANCING FAITH, FAMILY AND FREEDOM

 

I urge you to immediately sign the [requested] enclosed petition to PRESERVE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN THE MILITARY and speed it back to me right away. It is addressed to U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel...

 

... and it urges him to reverse the Pentagon's reported plan to court-martial members of the Armed Forces including Chaplains who profess their Christian Faith.

 

Yes, it's true! Because what President Obama's bureaucrats at the Pentagon mean by a ban on "religious proselytizing" is NOT a ban on religious coercion (which already is illegal)...

 

... if implemented, it will become an outright ban on the free exercise of our Faith as individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.

 

That means President Barack Obama's war on our religious liberty and Christian Faith has now entered a new and alarming phase that may very well criminalize any mention of God and His Word in the military.

 

As a veteran of over 36 years in the United States Army, and one of the founding members of Delta Force, I could not be angrier at this betrayal of the very principles I and my brothers in arms fought under fire to defend...

 

... and I'll give you the disturbing details of this latest assault by the Obama Administration on our religious liberty in a moment.

 

But first, please, without any further delay, [request for and] sign your petition to PRESERVE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN THE MILITARY and return it to me today. Your petition is a key component of a major, nationwide campaign we have launched to expose this anti-Christian scheme and prevent it from ever being implemented.

 

This effort will include utilizing our allies in conservative media, in Congress, in the military itself and, of course, the American people...

 

... and that's where your petition to PRESERVE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN THE MILITARY comes in.

 

It is one of thousands of petitions we are distributing across the country today that will soon be flooding into Secretary Hagel's office in the Pentagon. I urge you to [request for,] sign and return it today. Because make no mistake: This is a clear and present danger that will strike like a dagger into the heart of military morale and eventually the religious freedom of all Americans.

 

Please, let me explain. My name is Lt. General William G. "Jerry" Boykin. For 36 years, I served our nation as a U.S. Army special operations professional and counter-terrorism expert in Vietnam, Iran, Grenada, Somalia, Panama, Afghanistan and countless other military operations around the world.

 

I also was a founding member of Delta Force, a Commander of the U.S. Army Green Berets, and a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence before retiring with three stars.

 

Throughout nearly four decades of military service, I routinely went into combat against fanatical enemies who hated our liberty and way of life and were determined to destroy it. I, and the men and women I had the honor of serving with, were just as determined to preserve that liberty and way of life... and throughout all those wars and battles...

 

... I never once thought we would not prevail.

 

To the contrary, I went into battle with the full knowledge that I was on the side of right and that our Lord and Savior was my protector and inspiration.

 

Today, I am fighting a different battle in a different uniform. It is not a battle I ever thought I would have to fight because it never occurred to me that there could ever be a bigger threat to our religious liberty than the ones I fought on those distant shores... but I was wrong.

 

Because the biggest threat to our religious liberty today comes from within the very government I served and within the very Pentagon I once worked. I am not talking about the common Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine. Nor am I talking about their uniformed leadership. I am talking about Barack Obama and his civilian appointees who have been, slowly but surely, chipping away at military discipline, readiness, and morale.

 

First, it was the banning of Christian Bibles in war zones like Afghanistan. Then it was the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and forcing open homosexuality on our nation's military at a time of great stress on military personnel and their families.

 

Soon afterward, without any thought to the practicable consequences, Barack Obama and his followers announced that women would be placed in direct combat roles. And now comes an assault on Christianity and religious liberty in the United States military...

 

... an outright ban on the open expression of Christian Faith ANYWHERE in the United States Armed Forces!

 

That's right! If there was ever any doubt that this President and his Administration are anti-Christian and anti-religious liberty, this story should put those doubts to rest.

 

As I rush you this urgent appeal, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hazel and other civilian appointees to the Pentagon are working with the notorious anti-Christian Mikey Weinstein to develop policies that could result in court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express, or share, their Faith.

 

Weinstein is the head of the Orwellian named "Military Religious Freedom Foundation" and has publicly stated that Christiansincluding Chaplainssharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of " treason" and "enemies of the Constitution."

 

He has even gone as far as declaring that Christians who express their Faith to others in the military are committing an act of "spiritual rape" as serious a crime as "sexual assault." You can't make this stuff up!

 

But make no mistake: Weinstein and his fellow secularists and atheists in charge of President Obama's Pentagon are serious and as a result — Christian Soldiers, Sailors. Airmen and Marines are now in serious jeopardy.

 

Being convicted in a court-martial means an Armed Service member has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment can include being dishonorably discharged from the military and even imprisoned...

 

... and if Weinstein and his Obama Pentagon allies have their way,

 

... the United States military will soon remove references to Christianity and make it a crime under military law for anyone, even on a one-time basis between close friends, in uniform to openly share and/or express their Faith.

 

This new policy would also, incredibly, forbid a Chaplain from saying anything about his Faith that someone could claim was encouraging another service member to make that Faith a part of his or her life. This is ridiculous!

 

How on earth can a Chaplain do his or her job WITHOUT talking of his or her Faith!

 

As I am sure you know, Chaplains are military officers who are ordained clergymen of their Faith (primarily Catholic Priests, Christian Pastors, or Jewish Rabbis). As I am sure you also know, Chaplains have been an essential part of the United States military since the days of George Washington.

 

Since our revolutionary beginning, Chaplains have played a critical role, both on and off the battlefield, in teaching their Faith and ministering to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, and comfort.

 

I know I often relied on Chaplains to help me deal with all that I saw and experienced in combat — and so did many of my fellow warriors. Chaplains help undergird the morals that are necessary for our military to function successfully and honorably... a military without morals is a frightening thought.

 

They are deeply ingrained in our history and our military, from Valley Forge to Gettysburg, to Normandy, to the Chosin Reservoir, to la Drang, to Fallujah...

 

... and that is ANOTHER reason Chaplains are now in the crosshairs of Barack Obama's Pentagon bureaucrats.

 

My friend, the enemies I fought in many places across the globe never tried to hide their hatred for Christianity, for liberty, and for America. They made clear their mission was to destroy us and our way of life. But at least we knew who the enemy was. We could find them, engage them, and defeat them.

 

But, in the conflict I am writing you about today, the enemy of liberty does not live and fight in a jungle, a village, an ancient Arab city, or in the vastness of the desert. They live and wage this war within the halls of President Obama's federal government and Pentagon... the SAME government I worked for, and the SAME Pentagon I once worked in.

 

As a Soldier, as a Christian, and as an American, I will not and cannot stand for that. Which is why I have rushed you this letter today... and why I hope you will agree to join me and the Family Research Council (FR C) in our fight to take back our religious liberty, our military and our country. We must speak for the troops who cannot oppose their superiors, including the Commander in Chief.

 

When I left the United States Army, I thought my fighting days were over — but I learned quickly they were really just beginning. Not long after I retired, I was scheduled to give a speech at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point for the "National Day of Prayer."

 

But, to my surprise, I was asked to cancel my visit after the Pentagon received complaints from a pro-Islamic group and from atheist groups that said my Christian Faith made me too "controversial." At the time, I was shocked. But in retrospect, I now believe it was God's way of telling me that I now had a second calling...

 

... and when the FRC's President, Tony Perkins, asked me to join with him as FRC's Executive Vice President in the fight for faith, family and freedom, I knew this was where God wanted me.

 

It was the perfect place for me to begin my new mission of defending our religious liberty and our Christian Faith and values.

 

Since 1983, Family Research Council has advanced, faith, family, and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview. Our team of seasoned experts promotes these core values through policy research, public education on Capitol Hill, and in the media and grassroots mobilization.

 

We review legislation, meet with policymakers, conduct research, publish books and pamphlets, build coalitions, testify before Congress, maintain a major presence online and in the print and broadcast media — including our own daily radio show, and equip churches to transform the culture through our ever-expanding outreach to pastors.

 

We are using every tool at our disposal in Washington, D.C. and across the country for our Judeo-Christian values and our traditional family and patriotic values, including:

 

++ "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins," our new nationwide radio show which is already heard daily on 150 stations.

 

++ Our expert policy team on Capitol Hill which is working with leaders in Congress to ensure that public policies are shaped through a Biblical Worldview and supported with the latest social science research.

 

++ Our nationwide network of 23,000 Pastors and churches to encourage their congregations to exercise their constitutional rights and turn up the heat on our leaders when they attempt to radicalize America and silence Christians in the public square.

 

++ Our state-of-the-art website frc.org) and social media operations. Over, please...

 

++ Massive petition campaigns like the one I have introduced to you today.

 

A large, and yes, expensive agenda to be sure. But, anything less will not be enough. Which is why, in addition to your signed petition to PRESERVE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN THE MILITARY...

 

... I hope you will also speed back a much-needed, most generous, and tax- deductible donation of $25, $35, $50, $75 or $100, to Family Research Council today.

 

Please, the petition portion of this effort alone could cost in excess of $4.25 million. So if there is any way you could send as much as $250, $500, $1,000 or more, God bless you, that would be a huge boost to this effort. But no amount you send today will be too smalland every petition will count.

 

So again, please, without any further delay:

 

1) [request for and] sign your petition to PRESERVE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN THE MILITARY; and

 

2) rush it back to me today along with your most generous gift of $25, $35, $50, $75, $100 or more to FRC.

 

Thank you. God bless you. And may God give us the strength and perseverance for the many challenges that lay ahead.

 

Sincerely

Lt. General (Ret.) Willia G. "Jerry" Boykin

Executive Vice President

 

P. S.   I know that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a liberal and that he was the first choice of Barack Obama to replace Leon Panetta earlier this year and that some may find this discouraging. But, I also know that Chuck Hagel was a fellow combat veteran of Vietnam who would have seen firsthand the invaluable role Faith and Chaplains played in comforting those who have seen the true horror of war. That why I think he will hear our voices and take your petition seriously.

 

          But, once the military's ban on "religious proselytizing" is cemented in place, it may be impossible to undo. So please, without any delay: [Request for,] Sign your petition and speed it and ypjr most generous donation of $25, $35. $50. $75, $100 or more to the FRC today (FRC, P.O. Box 2339, Holland, MI 49422-2339).

 

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A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM TONY PERKINS

PRESIDENT • FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL • www.frc.org/

 

I hope you will carefully read the very important letter you have received from our Executive Vice President, Lt. General William G. Boykin.

 

General Boykin is a true American patriot, and an outstanding Christian man who has put it all on the line to defend our nation, our liberty and our Faith. We are fortunate to now have him on our FRC team as we work to defend our religious liberty here at home.

 

We are especially fortunate to have him leading our battle against the Pentagon's unthinkable plan to ban the free expression of our Christian Faith in the Armed Forces.

 

General Boykin knows firsthand the incredible role God's Word and comfort have played in preserving the morale of American Soldiers as far back as the beginning of the nation during the Revolutionary War.

 

He also knows how indispensable Chaplains are, before, during, and after a firefight, to our men and women in uniform who have seen the horror of war up close and personal.

 

We are proud to have him leading the charge against this un-American ban on religious liberty in our military. This is a mission we must engage for those who serve in uniform because military rules prevent service members from countering directives from superiors.

 

We would be equally proud to have you on our Family Research Council team because the truth is, to turn back the Obama Administration's assaults on our Christian Faith and religious liberty, we are going to need every person of Faith we can muster on our FRC team.

 

So please, again, read General Boykin's letter.

 

Then join Family Research Council (FRC) and help us achieve our mission of preserving religious liberty, Faith and family in America today and for all time.

 

Thank you. And God bless.

 

Standing (Ephesians 6:13),

Tony Perkins

President

 

P. S.   Please be sure to [request for and] sign your petition to PRESERVE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN THE MILITARY and to speed it back to us today along with your much-needed, most generous, and tax-deductible gift of $25, $35, $50, $75, $100 or more to the Family Research Council today (FRC, P.O. Box 2339, Holland, MI 49422-2339).