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."
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 freedom as it pleases.
That's what is happening today!
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 you are among those courageous Americans who are willing to stand -- who will never surrender.
It is important for us to 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. Will you demonstrate to those who want to destroy America's Christian heritage that you stand with FRC and that you will not waiver in defense of religious liberty?
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 sudden he finds himself in a huge firestorm. 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% of the population that identifies as homosexual get away with its bullying this time. A&E reconsidered 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.
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 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.
Without religious freedom, we are defenseless no matter what the issue. If we are unable to operate according to our Christian faith, we will not have the ability to impact our culture in a meaningful 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.
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 publically 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.
- 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.
We must reject the notion that our "worship" on Sunday is separate from our Christian life every day.
Will you 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.