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Do You Believe that Christian Military Chaplains are Unfit to Serve, Cowardly and Losers?

 


Dear Marriage Supporter,

Of course you don't think that! Every decent American realizes that military chaplains are heroes who devote themselves to service to both God and country.

Yet some radical activists who champion support for gay 'marriage' in the military have demanded that military chaplains who stand up for traditional marriage be dismissed from military service, told by the government to "get the hell out of the military chaplaincy" and calling them "human reprobates" and "intolerant filth."

And to think that these people once had the gall to claim that redefining marriage would never impact anyone else!

These radical activists have been emboldened by the US Supreme Court's ruling redefining marriage in all 50 states, and on every military installation as well, and they are determined to strip the military of any vestige of faith-based belief in marriage.

This is another example why passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is so critically important. Without it, these activists will be able to pressure the Obama Administration to drum out of military service anyone who does not support their radical agenda of redefining marriage.

You can stop this assault on religious freedom and traditional morality by helping NOM pass FADA, urgently-needed legislation to protect individuals, small businesses, religious groups, military chaplains and others from persecution and harassment simply for believing that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Please give a generous contribution to NOM of $25, $50, $75 or $100 or more so that we have the resources needed to fight against these radical activists on behalf of all Americans, including our military chaplains, who believe in the truth of marriage.

NOM is the only organization in the country that is entirely dedicated to advocating the truth of marriage and to protecting those individuals and institutions that sustain it. We have a five point plan in place to contain the damage of the US Supreme Court decision redefining marriage and to pursue a path that will lead to the reversal of this illegitimate ruling.

Passage of FADA is absolutely critical. Without it, people like military chaplains will be at risk of losing their livelihood, being put out of business, having their ministry revoked and threatened with everything the federal government can muster to force them to abandon their deeply held views on marriage.

What are we doing to pass FADA? For one thing, we are leading the effort to get thousands of people to show up at congressional forums to campaign for FADA. We are in the midst of a critical period when lawmakers are back home during a Congressional Recess, meeting with constituents to discuss priorities. Many have already held town hall meetings and NOM has been able to encourage thousands of marriage supporters to attend these events to ask for support for the First Amendment Defense Act.

There may still be an opportunity for you to speak personally with your federal representative. Here is a full list of remaining town hall opportunities that we have identified. If your representative is on this list, please attend the event and ask that he or she support the First Amendment Defense Act.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO 4)
Aug. 26, 2015 Format: In-person
Sedalia Iran Town Hall — Sedalia, Missouri

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX 32)
Aug. 25, 2015 Format: In-person
Richardson Town Hall — Richardson, Texas

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX 6)
Aug. 25, 2015 Format: In-person
Ferris Town Hall — Ferris , Texas
Aug. 26, 2015 Format: In-person
Arlington Town Hall — Arlington, Texas
Sept. 3, 2015 Format: In-person
Ennis Town Hall — Ennis, Texas

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA 4)
Aug. 25, 2015 Format: In-person
Coarsegold Town Hall — Coarsegold, California
Aug. 26, 2015 Format: In-person
Ione Town Hall — Ione, California
Sept. 2, 2015 Format: In-person
Truckee Town Hall — Truckee, California

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN 5)
Aug. 31, 2015 Format: In-person
Connect with your Congresswoman One-on-One — Tipton County — Tipton, Indiana

Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA 12)
Aug. 24, 2015 Format: In-person
Coffee with Keith — Beaver — Beaver, Pennsylvania
Aug. 24, 2015 Format: In-person
Ice Cream with Keith — Ellwood City — Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
Aug. 25, 2015 Format: In-person
Coffee with Keith — Ebensburg — Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
Aug. 27, 2015 Format: In-person
Ice Cream with Keith — Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug. 28, 2015 Format: In-person
Ice Cream with Keith — Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug. 29, 2015 Format: In-person
Ice Cream with Keith — Aliquippa — Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Rep. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN 6)
Aug. 27, 2015 Format: In-person
Coffee with Your Congressman — Washington County — Forest Lake, Minnesota


Whether you can attend one of these important town halls or not, I hope that you will stand with NOM to fight for the rights of people who support true marriage, and make a contribution of $25, $35, $50, $75, $100 or even $250 or more.

In the past we've written to you about all those in the wedding industry who have been targeted for punishment because they refused to go along with the idea that marriage can be redefined. Bakers, florists, inn keepers, facility operators, printers and others have all been threatened with massive fines and other punitive measures because they will not violate their faith to participate in something they cannot support.

But those who are vulnerable go far beyond the wedding industry. Religious groups and charities have had to close ministries rather than compromise their beliefs. In countries that have had longer experience with same-sex 'marriage,' pastors and priests have been arrested and threatened with jail time for preaching what the bible teaches about sexuality and marriage. Here in the US, Christian colleges have already been put on notice that they could lose their tax exempt status if they refuse to accept gay 'marriage.' Certainly military chaplains and anyone directly employed by the federal government is at grave risk.

NOM is fighting for each and every American who believes that marriage should exist as God designed it — the union of one man and one woman. Marriage is a beautiful and immensely worthwhile institution, one that should be preserved not redefined.

Our five-point plan will put us on a path to contain the damage that's been done by the Supreme Court, and then begin the arduous process of reversing their illegitmate decision.

Donate and Defend Marriage

We don't have billionaires and the elite on our side. We depend on you for support. Fortunately, some of our best supporters have agreed to match anything you give, dollar for dollar (up to a total match of $250,000) for the balance of the month. That means that your gift will be doubled — if you give $50, NOM will receive $100.

As a grassroots organization, the summer is always a difficult time for us because many of our supporters are enjoying vacation with their families and I confess that finances can get tight. This year we have the added urgency of dealing with the fallout of the US Supreme Court's lawless decision to impose a radical view of marriage on the nation.

That's why I hope you will step up with a financial contribution of whatever you can afford — $25, $50, $75, $100 or even $250 or more — which will be doubled thanks to some of our best supporters who will match anything donated to NOM through the end of the month (up to a total of $250,000).

But whether you can make a donation or not, it is critical that you contact your federal representatives now to urge them to support the First Amendment Defense Act. We have an incredible opportunity to push this urgently-needed legislation forward and we need every one of our supporters to ask their member of Congress to support the legislation.

Thank you for all you are doing to support marriage. Working together, we can protect Americans from being punished for standing for the truth, and begin to restore marriage to our national laws.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown


PS — Don't let Christian colleges, military chaplains, religious adoption agencies and so many other organizations be punished for standing up for the truth of marriage. Please work to pass the First Amendment Defense Act by contacting your federal representatives, and consider making a gift of whatever you can afford to NOM so that we can continue to push this legislation forward.


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