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Will he do it?

There are just two official "decision days" left on the 2018 Supreme Court calendar. There are some important cases for the Court yet to decide, but there is a decision we are awaiting that is even bigger than any current pending case – the decision by Justice Anthony Kennedy whether to retire from the Supreme Court.

Why is that so important? Because Kennedy has been the swing vote on so many cases, including the illegitimate Obergefell decision that he authored imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation. If Kennedy retires as many people expect, it will set off one of the most consequential battles of our lifetime. NOM will need to devote every waking hour and deploy every available  resource to impacting the nomination and confirmation process.

Help NOM Restore Marriage to Our Laws

We've enjoyed a close relationship with the Trump administration and have had considerable success in pushing our issues with them. But the battle over the next Supreme Court vacancy will be the biggest test yet of whether President Trump will fight for the constitution and nominate someone like Antonin Scalia or Neil Gorsuch to replace Kennedy should he retire.

We think President Trump will nominate someone in the Scalia/Gorsuch tradition, and if he does we need to do everything we can to secure the confirmation of that nominee. But we have to realize that Mr. Trump will be under tremendous pressure from Democrats and the media to nominate someone in the mold of Anthony Kennedy, and we can't stand for that. If he succumbs to that pressure, we have to do everything we can to scuttle the nomination and prevent that nominee's confirmation.

The drama over the potential Kennedy retirement is just one of many reasons why the success of the mid-year membership drive we are completing is so critically important. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every gift we receive until midnight tomorrow night will be matched dollar for dollar.  This is a tremendous blessing, but we are way behind our goal and time is running out. Will you make an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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We have just about a day and a half left in this critical matching campaign, and we've got a huge challenge in front of us. We are about $25,000 short of our goal, and we're running out of time. It would be an absolute tragedy to leave even a dollar on the table given the importance of the work we are in the midst of and the historic significance of a possible Anthony Kennedy retirement from the Supreme Court.

I'm asking every NOM supporter to step up with an emergency financial contribution so that we take full advantage of every dollar in matching funds that is available to us.

Please take a moment to put the situation we face into context, considering what LGBT extremists thought would be happening in 2018. These people were sure that Hillary Clinton would be president, that she would advance their extreme agenda by way of aggressive executive action, and that she would remake the Supreme Court in her hard-core leftist image, cementing their victories on marriage, life and gender, and even advancing them.

Instead, primarily because of the support provided to Donald Trump by people of faith, the environment has totally changed. With the election of Donald Trump, we are unraveling the Obama/Clinton agenda, dismantling policies like transgender bathrooms in public schools and transgenders serving in the military, and advancing strong religious liberty protections for people of faith. And if Anthony Kennedy retires as many people expect – we could quite literally get his decision within two weeks – we can remake the Supreme Court in a conservative, constitutionalist mold.

Think about what that could mean – reversing Obergefell and restoring marriage to our nation's laws, reversing Roe v Wade and upholding pro-life policies, enhancing legal rulings to protect religious liberty, etc., etc. These are game-changing issues that could shape the nation for generations to come.

Will you help us at this critical time? Your donation of $25 will mean we receive $50, your gift of $50 will mean we receive $100.

So much is on the line, and time is short. We’ve got to raise $25,000 by midnight tomorrow night, a big undertaking.

Hundreds of people have responded to this critical mid-year pledge drive, and I am very grateful to each and every one of them. If you have already given, thank you! But even if you've contributed once, I'm asking you to consider an additional sacrificial gift today. I pray that you and every NOM member will step up and respond to our needs as the hour approaches that will mark the end of this matching gift opportunity.

Whatever you can afford to contribute, please act today. We have only hours left in this matching gift challenge, and we're short of our goal. Will you help right now?

Your support of NOM at this critical time will make a difference. Thank you for anything you can do!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
Brian S. Brown

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PS—I also ask you to say a prayer that the US Supreme Court will grant review in the Baronelle Stutzman/Arlene's Flowers case. This is the 70-year old grandmother who politely declined to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violates her Christian religious beliefs about the nature of marriage. She has been targeted by the despicable Attorney General of Washington State, Bob Ferguson, who has weaponized same-sex 'marriage' to target Baronelle and every other person of faith. The Court could decide whether to accept her case this Thursday, or the following Thursday. Please pray that they intervene to stop this injustice and stop her outrageous persecution.

A big win... but much more must be done!

As you know, we won a major victory this week when the US Supreme Court issued their ruling in the critically important Masterpiece Cakeshop case. The Court ruled in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, holding that the state of Colorado inappropriately gave short shrift to his religious liberty rights not to be compelled to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violated his deeply help religious beliefs. This is a big win for marriage supporters, but much more needs to be done to build on this decision.

Help Us Fight For The Rights Of Marriage Supporters

The best part of the Supreme Court's 7-2 ruling was that the justices found that people of faith are entitled to have their religious beliefs considered respectfully and fully, and fairly weighed against state laws that purport to require them to violate their beliefs in order to comply with state non-discrimination laws. To do otherwise, as the state of Colorado did in Jack Phillips' case, violates the constitution's free exercise of religion guarantee.

It is hugely significant that a strong majority of the US Supreme Court has acknowledged that acting on one's religious beliefs in opposition to gay 'marriage,' is a protected view and in some cases a "protected form of expression." Ever since the Supreme Court illegitimately imposed gay 'marriage' on the nation, LGBT activists and their allies have taken the position that it was illegal for a business or individual to distinguish between gay 'marriage' and traditional marriage for any reason, religious or otherwise. The Supreme Court has now clearly said such a perspective is wrong. Opposing gay 'marriage' can be a "protected form of expression."

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court wrote their decision in such a way that it primarily applies to Jack Phillips' case. So while we are thrilled for Jack – NOM worked overtime to help him, including rallying public attention to his cause and filing a critical legal brief with the Court – many of the issues at play were left for another case to be decided at some point in the future.

What this means is that we should savor our victory, but we must get immediately back to work to fight for the broad principle that the US constitution prohibits government from punishing anyone who sincerely opposes gay 'marriage' because it violates his or her religious beliefs.

NOM is in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive, and we need your help now more than ever. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every membership gift we receive until the middle of the month will be matched dollar for dollar – a tremendous blessing. Will you make an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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I want to share something that many may find to be impolitic and indiscrete, but it's the truth:

Unless and until we win a decisive victory in the courts or in Congress and state legislatures, we will be at risk of financial and reputational ruin at the hands of gay and lesbian activists. That's because it's obvious that nothing short of our total destruction will satisfy the LGBT advocacy crowd.

Help NOM Fight For The Rights Of Marriage Supporters

I've written to you on multiple occasions about countless examples of people of faith being targeted by LGBT activists for punishment and persecution. Jack Phillips is just one of many. There are so many others similarly situated – florists, photographers, innkeepers, restaurant owners, manufacturers, small businesses, bed and breakfast operators, pastors, wedding venues, art gallery owners, etc., ad infinitum.

The string of examples of LGBT targeting can be numbing, and the personal devastation that often ensues lost in the process.  But make no mistake about it – those impacted are often ruined. Their reputations are destroyed. They are made to feel as if they are criminals. Their finances, and futures, are bankrupted.

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Helping Us Fight LGBT Attacks Against Marriage Supporters

But even that understates the true impact of the LGBT jihad against people of faith who support traditional marriage.

NOM is the only organization in the country that is 100% dedicated to fighting for the truth of marriage and the protection of the rights of marriage supporters. We are counter-cultural, operating against powerful interest groups like the grossly-misnamed Human Rights Campaign and mega-wealthy corporations who have joined the opposition in order to curry favor with LGBT activists.

I'll be honest – we need your help. Will you give today, knowing that your donation will be doubled?

Let me share with you an example of how personal, and how nasty, the fight for marriage and the rights of marriage supporters has become.

A few years ago, NOM held a rally for marriage in Providence, Rhode Island. It was one of several pro-marriage rallies we held that summer. I was speaking to several hundred supporters about the beauty of marriage, the ideal institution God created to bring the two halves of humanity together to raise children, when an angry gay activist stormed the stage and confronted me, trying to commandeer the microphone, screaming angry, violent threats.

The Providence police did nothing.

A few minutes later, my beautiful wife Sue was approached by some gay activists as she was caring for our young children. One of them menacingly looked at my young daughter and spoke to her, "Is mommy raising a good little bigot?"

I know that many in the conservative movement are of the view that we need to find a "compromise" with LGBT activists. They speak of seeking "balance" in legislative proposals, and public policy debates.

But let me tell you something, when your political opponents seek nothing short of your total destruction, there is no compromise possible, there is no balance to be achieved. I wish this weren't the situation we faced, but it is.

I'm asking you to stand with NOM at this critical moment so we can build on our victory in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. Your generous donation to NOM will be matched dollar for dollar.

We will never shy away from this fight. We will never shirk our responsibility to fight for the restoration of marriage to our national laws, or stop our urgent pursuit of protections for marriage supporters so they are not punished or persecuted by LGBT sympathizers in government, academia, or the corporate world.

Time is short to take advantage of this incredible matching gift opportunity. Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown
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BREAKING NEWS: BIG VICTORY AT THE SUPREME COURT!

The US Supreme Court just issued its ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, and they sided with Jack Phillips! The Court ruled that Jack's deeply held religious beliefs about marriage were entitled to neutral consideration by the state of Colorado, but instead the commission that ruled against him showed signs of deep bias against religion. This is a great victory for Jack Phillips and for religious liberty.

NOM played a significant role in this case, bringing critical public attention to Jack's plight by producing informative videos, sponsoring rallies in front of the Supreme Court, working with the media, and filing a critical legal brief in support of religious liberty and the right of marriage supporters like Jack to be able to live out their religious beliefs about marriage at work and in their daily lives. We even launched an entire communications offensive, called the First Freedom Initiative, to bring attention to this case and others similar to it.

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Unfortunately, the decision in this case has unmasked anti-religious bigotry by some justices of the Supreme Court. Notably, Justice Elena Kagan wrote that it was perfectly fine for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to have ruled that other bakers could refuse to create a cake that opposed gay marriage, but that Christian bakers like Jack Phillips could not refuse on religious grounds to bake a cake that celebrated gay marriage.  This is the kind of insane thinking you get from an uber-liberal Obama appointed ally.

We will have more to say about this case and its implication for the cause of religious liberty. For now, enjoy this great victory for Jack and religious liberty. Your support of NOM made a difference in this critical legal battle.

Faithfully,

Brian

it's personal

Back in the day, LGBT activists promised that the imposition of same-sex 'marriage' would affect nobody but loving gay couples. When NOM warned that this was not true, that once gay 'marriage' was imposed, opponents would be treated like racists under the law, we were accused of hate mongering, scare tactics, homophobia, and worse.

As you know, we were right. Now gay activists conveniently ignore their promises and pursue people of faith who believe in the truth of marriage as the union of a man and a woman as if they are targets in a whack-a-mole game.

Wedding photographers. Inn keepers. T-shirt makers. Florists. Bakers. Churches. Meat packing companies. Galleries. Farmers. Technology pioneers. Music directors. Teachers. School counselors. Bed and breakfast owners. And on, and on, and on…the hits keep coming.

There are some excellent ministries that provide legal defense for those who have been targeted, and that is wonderful. But until we achieve a change in the law, the attacks will keep coming. And that is what NOM is focused on achieving.

Help us protect the rights of marriage supporters!

There are four avenues available to put an end to the targeting of people who stand up for marriage, and we are pursuing all four:

  • First off, the illegitimate Obergefell ruling of the US Supreme Court imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation must be reversed. That is our most important long-term objective. We will not rest until this is accomplished.
  • Until then, a ruling by the US Supreme Court that it is NOT discrimination for someone to decline to participate in a same-sex 'wedding' that violates their religious beliefs is essential. We could get such a ruling within weeks in a case that NOM is playing a crucial role in supporting (the Masterpiece Cakeshop case);
  • State and federal legislation protecting the rights of people to live out their beliefs about marriage in their daily lives and at work must be enacted. We are working in Congress and in the states to pass such legislation; and
  • Executive orders by President Trump and key federal and state officials can and must be issued that would provide a measure of protection for marriage supporters. We are actively pursuing these orders.

This is an ambitious agenda. We are up against enormously well-funded opponents from the LGBT community, while we are dependent upon grassroots marriage supporters for help and support. We are being massively outspent, but we're able to prevail in many battles because we have truth on our side, and because we have passionate supporters like you.

We are in the midst of a critical mid-year membership drive that will set the stage for what we can accomplish during the balance of this year. Thanks to a faithful supporter, every membership gift we receive will be matched dollar for dollar. This is a great blessing, which is why I am personally asking you to make a sacrifice by making an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar. Will you help?

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There's so much at stake. This isn't some obscure policy debate where people have the luxury of discussing the nuances and fine points of an issue in a dispassionate and academic way. This is personal for so many people. When the Attorney General of your state tells you that he is determined to use all his power to ruin you financially, it's personal. When federal regulators tell you they won't inspect your plant until you remove pro-marriage material from a work room, it's personal. When you are hit with a fine of over $100,000 because you declined to bake a gay 'wedding' cake, it’s personal. When you are ordered to let a gay couple sleep together in a bedroom in your own home even though you wouldn’t let you unmarried children do that, it's personal.

I have talked personally with many victims of the LGBT jihad against marriage supporters, and I feel for them. I feel the pain and anguish that they experience. And that is why I am so committed to fighting through every difficulty to stop these attacks from occurring.

We’re fighting with everything we have, but our resources are modest, especially in comparison to our opponents. That is why this mid-year membership matching gift opportunity is so critical.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support – we truly appreciate it. Please know that any gift you can make today will make a huge difference.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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we're behind

Dear Friend—We're a week into our critical mid-year membership drive, and we've fallen behind of where we need to be. Our goal was to have raised $11,667 by now, but we've only raised about half of that amount. Please help us get back on track with an immediate gift, which will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor.

Our team at NOM is hard at work fighting for marriage, religious liberty and the truth of gender. We're actively engaged in working with Congress, state legislatures, the courts and in the court of public opinion. We’re fighting for legislation, pro-marriage judicial nominees and presidential actions to protect marriage and the right of people to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives. But our success is dependent on the support of our members, and that is why this 30 day mid-year membership campaign is so important. A NOM supporter has stepped forward with an offer to match every membership contribution we receive up to a total gift of $50,000!

Please help us get back on track with an immediate membership contribution of $35 or more, knowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar.

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Working together, we've won some remarkable victories, and we've got some big opportunities in front of us. If Justice Anthony Kennedy retires from the US Supreme Court, as many people expect, we will have one of the most important battles in our history – the fight to convince President Trump to nominate a pro-marriage conservative like Neil Gorsuch, and then the fight to get that justice confirmed.

With so much at stake, we can't afford to fall behind in our critical mid-year membership drive. Every membership contribution is important, especially so because it will be matched, doubling in effectiveness.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Fighting in the Courts and the Court of Public Opinion

Dear Friend—There are just a few weeks left in the current US Supreme Court's term and we have a major case pending before the justices, one that holds the potential of tremendously benefiting all Americans who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

The case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a huge case, and NOM has played a key role in it. As you know, the case involves Christian baker Jack Philipps who has been targeted by gay activists because he refused to be an active participant in a same-sex 'marriage' which violate his Christian beliefs about the true nature of marriage.

Help us to continue fighting in the courts for marriage!

What is at stake in this case goes far beyond the mere baking of a wedding cake, it impacts all people of faith who wish to live out their beliefs in their daily lives. It's about religious liberty broadly, one of the fundamental rights we possess as Americans. Religious liberty is our first freedom, and NOM is determined to fight for it.

Our ability to fight in the courts depends on the support we receive from our members. Will you step up today with a $35 or more membership contribution? Thanks to a generous supporter, every membership contribution we receive will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $50,000! Membership in NOM is a minimum of $35, and there is no limit on the amount someone may give. Will you help?

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The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is just one example of many where NOM has been active in the Courts. For example, we were a leading defender of a local school district that decided to maintain the security and privacy of its school restrooms, locker rooms and showers despite demands by a transgender student and liberal legal groups. That case made its way to the Supreme Court as well, and NOM was fighting every step of the way.

Along with our work in the courts, we also play a vital role in the court of public opinion, bringing much-needed attention to issues affecting people of faith and marriage supporters. Our brief in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, for example, received nationwide media attention.

Generating news coverage of our issues is an essential component in shaping public opinion. The mainstream media fawns over the LGBT community, giving them extensive promotion. We have to fight hard to keep our perspective in the news and stand up for the strong majority of Americans who continue to believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

This mid-year membership drive is critical for our finances and programs.

Every dollar we receive will instantly double as a result of this match. Your $35 membership gift will result in NOM receiving $70.

Thank you for your support!

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Critical Mid-Year Matching Membership Drive Is Underway

As you know from our various communications, NOM is hard at work fighting for marriage, religious liberty and the truth of gender in Congress, state legislatures, the courts and the court of public opinion. We’re fighting for legislation, pro-marriage judicial nominees and presidential actions to protect marriage and the right of people to live out the truth of marriage at work and in their daily lives. But our success is dependent on the enthusiasm and support of our members, and that is why it's essential that we grow our membership base.

I am pleased to announce that we are beginning a 30 day mid-year membership campaign with the support of a donor who will match every membership contribution we receive up to a total gift of $50,000! Membership in NOM is a minimum of $35, and there is no limit on the amount someone may giveCan you take the step of making a membership contribution todayknowing that whatever you give will be matched dollar for dollar?

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Together this year, we've won some remarkable victories. Earlier this month, we were able to rally thousands of NOM members to contact Senator Rand Paul to urge him to vote to confirm pro-marriage Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo. Pompeo had been viciously attacked by liberal Senator Cory Bookerbecause of his support for traditional marriage, and Sen. Paul had voiced his opposition to Pompeo on other grounds. But after NOM swung into action, Sen. Paul announced a change of heart and Pompeo was confirmed. This shows what we can do when we work together!

Because of the support of our members, NOM has played a key role in the pending Supreme Court case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, where we are fighting for Jack Phillips and all Christians to be free of persecution by government for standing up for their beliefs about marriage at work and in business. Nobody should be forced to abandon their religious views in order to maintain their livelihood.

Right now we are fighting in Congress for legislation (the First Amendment Defense Act) to protect people of faith from governmental retribution for standing for the truth of marriage. We've already helped secure a government-wide directive from the Trump administration to protect the religious liberty rights of marriage supporters in every department and agency of the federal government.

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We're advocating for the confirmation of pro-marriage judges like Gordon Giampietro, a distinguished former federal prosecutor and devout Catholic who has been nominated by President Trump to the federal bench in the eastern district of Wisconsin. Unfortunately, he's being blacklisted by a liberal Senator because he opposed the illegitimate ruling of the US Supreme Court in the Obergefell case imposing gay 'marriage' on the nation.

While much of what President Trump has done in office has been excellent, sometimes he makes mistakes, such as his nomination of a radical lesbian activist to a key civil rights post who thinks that LGBT rights are superior to the rights of other Americans. We are actively opposing her confirmation.

Our ability to be successful is entirely dependent on the support we receive from our members. That's why this $50,000 matching gift opportunity is such a blessing. Every dollar we receive will instantly double as a result of this match. Your $35 membership gift will result in NOM receiving $70.

Please help us today by making a mid-year membership contribution of $35 or more so that we get the full benefit of the generous matching grant that has been made available to us.

Thank you for your support!

Brian S Brown

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Our hope is Jack's hope

Dear friends:

I hope that everyone saw Brian's email from yesterday and that any of our supporters who are reading this, if they haven't donated already, will make a gift today and help us to keep fighting on for marriage and religious liberty. We still need desperately to make up for our urgent fundraising shortfall.

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The importance of the work that we do here at the National Organization for Marriage was brought home to me recently when I read an opinion editorial piece in the Washington Post last week. The piece makes the stakes of our fight very clear, and the urgency with which we need your help to continue doing that work.

It was written by Jack Phillips, the plaintiff in the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court case Brian mentions below. The piece was entitled, "I’m the Masterpiece Cakeshop baker. Will the Supreme Court uphold my freedom?"

In it, Jack wonders about the outcome of his critical case, which is expected to be delivered soon. Musing on what should happen if the Supreme Court rules against him, Jack reflects grimly on the future:

I shudder to think what I’d say if my granddaughter one day tells me that she wants to design wedding cakes like I did. I guess I’ll tell her that she must choose between the faith we taught her and the wedding-cake artistry I showed her.

But Jack then turns to the hope that the Supreme Court will rule in his favor, as we urged the Court to do in our amicus brief supporting Jack:

But if the court upholds my freedom to serve all people while declining to design cakes that celebrate certain events, that would welcome me back into the community from which I’ve been estranged. Those who are opposing me in court have compared me to racists and argued that I’m deserving of their fate — social marginalization. But a ruling for me would reject all that and declare to the world that my faith is not a scarlet letter. [...] We all want to belong. I’m no different. The Supreme Court’s decision in my case will say a lot about the First Amendment. But I sure hope the court makes it clear that I belong, too.

Friends, our hope is the same as Jack's. But even if the Court does rule in his favor, the fight to ensure that our faith and belief in marriage belongs in the public square will continue. As Brian's said in yesterday's email, there will be more legal battles, elections, and possible confirmation hearings for a new Supreme Court Justice, and in every one of these contests, marriage and religious liberty will need a strong and clear voice of defense. We hope to be that voice, for you and countless Americans like you. But we can't do it without your support.

Please make a contribution to the cause today so that, whatever the future holds for Jack and the rest of us, at least the defense of marriage and of the values we hold dear will be sure.

Kindly,

Joseph L. Grabowski
Director of Communications, National Organization for Marriage

May The Joy Of Easter Be With You


Dear Marriage Supporter — As we reflect on the meaning and import of Holy Week, it's tempting to think in historical terms, as amazing events long since passed. But what we celebrate at this time of year is not merely an ancient memory from long ago, but times that present parallels to modern circumstances today, and that offer the promise of an incredible future.

In the run up to Holy Week on Palm Sunday, we experience Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, with adoring fans lining the streets, waving palms, welcoming this great Son of God who has worked miracles, cured the sick and infirm, breathed new life into the dead, forgiven sins and fulfilled scripture. If they had public opinion polls back then, Christ's popularity would have been off the charts positive.

But within days, these same people who greeted his triumphant entrance turned on him, becoming a murderous mob that ended up preferring the criminal Barabbas to Jesus. He celebrated his last supper on earth with his disciples, knowing that he would be betrayed, and prepared himself for his barbaric crucifixion and death today, Good Friday.

How quickly they turned on him.

I can imagine how Jesus must have felt, having experienced on a far lesser scale a seeming seismic shift in public opinion (at least according to the media) in the object of much of my work, the preservation of marriage..

No doubt the Sanhedrin thought that Christ's death on a cross would be the end of things. But it wasn't. That next Sunday he rose from the dead, his burial clothes folded neatly in the tomb. Later he presented himself to his disciples, the holes in his hands and side quite visible, powerful proof of his resurrection.

Still, even with all they had seen and experienced being in Christ's presence – the miracles, the crowds, the supernatural appearances of the angels and the Prophets -- the Apostles still struggled to undertake the ministry that Jesus had called on them to lead in his name. It would take the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost Sunday to transform the Apostles from observers to evangelists, and to spread the growth of Christianity to the four corner of the globe.

On Sunday, we celebrate the most consequential day in the history of the world, the day when the promise of the Bible is fulfilled, the day when death is overcome, the day when Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

I can't help but feel the parallels between what happened during Christ's time on earth and some of our own experiences in recent times, including in the struggle to preserve, protect and promote marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

We've seen marriage be considered invincible one day, and then in a blink of an eye seen it redefined and defiled. We've seen the principle of traditional marriage be betrayed by people who swore to voters they would protect it. We've seen some people abandon the fight, whether out of fear or seeing many who remained vigilant punished and persecuted. And we've seen constitutionally-guaranteed rights such as the right to religious liberty be superseded by invented concepts that not only are not rights, they also are not right.

It can be disheartening at times, but we at NOM have not lost faith. You see, we've read the book and we know who wins in the end. We also know that the truth of marriage is universal and timeless, written on the human heart by our Creator at the beginning of time. Marriage cannot be changed, and the truth of marriage cannot be redefined or eradicated.

Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. That's what the thing is, always has been and always will be. It is a profound good, and the most important human relationship ever created. It's the basis of families, and the foundation for raising children.

I know that true marriage will rise again. I think it will happen fairly soon, because it's impossible to maintain the lie of same-sex 'marriage' forever. But whether it takes two years or two decades, NOM is determined to fight every day for the truth of marriage and for the good that it provides for families and children.

We are grateful to count you as a true friend, and a trusted ally. Like the Apostles during the early church, your faithfulness to the truth of marriage sends a powerful message to the world that this timeless relationship reserved for a man and a woman will triumph.

May the joy and hope of Easter be with you. Thank you for all you've done for us, and for God's institution of marriage.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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We Are Determined To Stop Her


Dear Marriage Supporter — By now you've probably heard of President Trump's disturbing decision to nominate Chai Feldblum, a radical LGBT extremist, to a critically important civil rights post as a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This job puts her in the position of shaping federal law to make supreme LGBT claims and to punish Christians and other people of faith who do not want to personally be involved in affirming the gay agenda, such as same-sex 'marriage.' That is exactly what she wants to do.

Feldman is an avowed lesbian who firmly believes that there is no situation where the constitutionally-guaranteed right of religious liberty would prevail in a legal case where Christians are in a conflict with the interests of gay or lesbian individuals. She's openly questioned whether marriage is even necessary in modern society and she's said that it is essential that the law be used aggressively to affirm the "dignity" of gays and lesbians when Christians refuse to support them.

Help Us Stop This Dangerous LGBT Nominee

While we appreciate President Trump's work to support religious liberty in other contexts, his nomination of this radical lesbian activist will cause real and lasting damage to people of faith who want nothing more than to be left alone by gay activists so that they can live out their religious beliefs about marriage and other issues in peace in their private lives and at work.

We are all-in to prevent the confirmation of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC.

Whether President Trump comes to his senses and withdraws this incredibly divisive nomination, or whether the Senate simply refuses to go along, we have to do everything possible to ensure that Ms. Feldblum is not in a position to bend the law in favor of gays and lesbians and against people of faith.

Our ability to stop the nomination of Chai Feldblum depends on the response we receive from you and other loyal supporters of NOM. Already, thousands of people have signed our petition opposing this nomination. That gives us a great start in this campaign to stop her, but in order to win we need to raise substantial funds and expand opposition to the nomination. Will you help us with an emergency financial contribution? Your gift of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $250 or more will be put to immediate use fighting the confirmation of this dangerous nominee.

Our team is hard at work during this Holy Week to prepare for a major push to derail the Feldblum nomination. The US Senate is on recess until April 6th, and we need to be ready to roll as soon as they get back to the Capitol. We’re working on several cutting-edge grassroots and engagement programs and are excited to launch our coming campaign to derail the Feldblum nomination.

Please consider a sacrificial gift to help us go all-in to stop this radical lesbian activist from being able to shape federal law to punish Christians and people of faith.

We did not budget for this kind of fight against the Trump administration and the liberal Democrats in the Senate who will be pushing for Chai Feldblum's confirmation. That means we are scrambling now to secure the resources we need to win. Your donation of $15, $25, $50, $100, or $250 or more is urgently needed today. Please prayerfully consider what you can afford to give at this critical time.

Thank you for your help in standing up for the rights of Christians and others who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We are in a tough fight, and we will appreciate your prayers and support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Sen. Mike Lee Introduces First Amendment Defense Act


I am pleased to share some very good news: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has officially introduced the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), critical legislation to protect supporters of marriage, including individuals and organizations, from being discriminated against by the federal government because of their beliefs about marriage.

We commend Senator Lee for his leadership and commitment to protecting the rights of Americans to stand for the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Don and Ellen Vander Boom know all too well about the risk of speaking out in support of marriage. Devout Christians, the couple have dedicated everything they do to the glory of God, including their business. They operate a family-owned wholesale beef packing plant in western Michigan. After the Supreme Court issued their illegitimate ruling redefining marriage, Don noticed some material in the break room speaking out in favor of gay 'marriage.' He wanted employees to have access to both sides of the issue, so he placed an article that discussed the Christian belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

To the couple's shock, USDA inspectors entered the break room and saw the pro-marriage article, and then declared that the business owners were in violation of USDA anti-discrimination policies on the basis of sexual orientation. The officials told Don that unless he removed the article, the USDA would remove inspectors from the plant. Since meatpacking firms cannot operate in the absence of USDA inspectors on the premises, this threat effectively promised a death sentence for their business.

Help us Support FADA

The passage of FADA would help people like Don and Ellen Vander Boom by preventing government officials from targeting them for harassment and punishment over their views about marriage. The Vander Boom's had no choice but to agree to the USDA's demands, and they removed the pro-marriage material from the break room. But then they did something that many others would not have done: they filed an official complaint with USDA senior officials in Washington.

President Trump has done a lot to protect the religious liberty rights of people to continue to support traditional marriage. Thankfully, after taking office the Trump team at USDA announced that they would never take adverse action against someone because they exercised their religious liberty rights to express their views about marriage.

This action by President Trump's leadership at USDA is gratifying. Presumably other federal agencies and departments will follow suit. But the truth is that these statements do not have the force of law, and that is why FADA is so important. God forbid, someone like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton who will aggressively advance the agenda of LGBT extremists to punish marriage supporters is elected President in the future. We cannot risk what might amount to open season on marriage supporters in that type of administration.

We are going to make a major push for Congress to pass the First Amendment Defense Act. I'm asking you to do two things right now to help:

  1. First, please contact your US Senators and ask them to become co-sponsors of Sen. Lee's legislation. The more Senators who sign on to support this proposal the better its chances of passage will be.

  2. Second, please make a financial contribution to NOM today so that we have the funds we need to push for the enactment of FADA.

Our 2018 Strategic Plan has prioritized the protection of marriage supporters as one of our top objectives. We've already taken two major steps toward achieving our goal. The directive by President Trump's Department of Justice to all federal agencies and departments that they should protect religious liberty to the maximum extent is a tremendous accomplishment. We also have filed a critical legal brief before the US Supreme Court in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that has the potential of protecting marriage supporters in every state in the country.

Now we need to take the next step by making sure that FADA is passed. Will you help?

One of the most impactful things you can do to stand up for the rights of marriage supporters is to become a Sustaining Member of NOM. Sustaining Members help ensure that our financial footing is solid, giving us the ability to aggressively fight for FADA.

As a Sustaining Member, you pledge a monthly gift of any amount you decide (as little as $7 per month). It's easy and works transparently. You'll be notified when your pledge processes each month. Rest assured that you can change your instructions at any time.

No American should have to go through what Don and Ellen Vander Boom went through when their business was threatened with financial ruin because of their Christian beliefs about marriage. FADA will protect them, and all of us, from becoming the target of government officials and bureaucrats because we do what God calls us to do, live out the truth of marriage as the union of one man and one woman in our daily lives and at work.

We look forward to working with you to enact the First Amendment Defense Act into law.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS – Please act today to urge your US Senators to join Sen. Lee and become a co-sponsor of FADA. Thank you!

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BREAKING...Trump Nominates Radical LGBT Extremist


It's being reported that President Donald Trump has nominated a radical LGBT extremist to a key civil rights post. Chai Feldblum is a prominent activist and avowed proponent of expansive special legal rights for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered. Worse, she has repeatedly said that their rights take precedence over any religious liberty claims that Christians might assert. Her nomination to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a disaster that we must oppose.

Please Sign Our Petition Opposing The Nomination of A Radical LGBT Extremist to the EEOC

President Trump has done many good things to support religious liberty, but his nomination of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC is truly mind-boggling. A lesbian, Feldblum's views are so extreme that she is not even considered to be within the mainstream of liberals in the Democratic Party. For instance, Feldblum has questioned whether the institution of marriage needs to exist, and she has said that the government should recognize adults in polygamous and polyamorous relationships on the same basis as married couples.

I don't understand what's gotten into President Trump with this nomination. I wonder if it is more evidence of Ivanka and Jared's influence on him. Or maybe the White House is just being lazy because Feldblum was appointed to the EEOC previously by President Obama, so perhaps the White House thinks they can get away with her appointment again. Whatever the thinking behind nominating this radical extremist, however, we must do everything we can to oppose Feldblum's nomination. The EEOC is the federal agency charged with enforcing workplace anti-discrimination laws. As a Commissioner of the EEOC, Feldblum has the ability to engineer a radical shift in federal legal treatment of discrimination laws against Christians and other people faith, and to make supreme the "rights" of LGBT people.

Please sign our petition opposing the nomination of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC. We cannot have this kind of radical extremist in a position of power to shape America's civil rights laws.

I have enjoyed working with President Trump's administration on many things and do not relish opposing them now, but I am determined to do so in this instance. We cannot sit idly by and let an extreme radical like Chai Feldblum shape our nation's anti-discrimination laws to punish Christians and other people of faith who simply wish to be left alone to live out their views about marriage at work and in their daily lives.

The first step in derailing Feldblum's nomination is to sign our petition today. Please add your name to the petition right away, and then send it to every person you know who might sign it as well. Only by organizing a large group of Americans will we be able to exert enough pressure on Congress to reject this nomination, or convince President Trump to withdraw it.

We are in for a tough battle to stop Chai Feldblum's nomination to the EEOC. Please act today to help us by signing our petition. And if you can take an added step of making a financial contribution to NOM to help us spread the petition to more people, we would be grateful.

Please act today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Not married at all


As you may know, NOM is in the midst of a tough fight in Georgia where we are working alongside allies to urge the legislature to enact protections for faith-based adoption agencies so that they may continue to help Georgia children and families without violating their faith beliefs.

Our work there has generated some media buzz among LGBT activists, who complain that our push for the right of faith-based adoption agencies to adopt out children only to a married husband and wife is somehow discriminatory to gay couples. But we make no apology for fighting in Georgia and across the country so that children can experience the love of a mother and a father in their lives.

Help Us Fight To Protect Children

A prominent homosexual journalist, Michelangelo Signorile, recently wrote in the Huffington Post that NOM's work in Georgia is part of a nationwide plan we have to, "turn same-sex marriage into second-class marriage with a longer-term goal of overturning federal marriage rights for gays and lesbians entirely."

Signorile is exactly right that NOM's Strategic Plan includes a strong fight for the rights of religious adoption agencies to insist that adopted kids go to families where they will experience the love of a married mother and father. And he's also right that we are determined to restore true marriage to our nation's laws. But he's wrong about turning same-sex 'marriages' into second class marriage. That's because:

Same-sex 'marriages' are not marriages at all.

The fact of the matter is that marriage is intrinsically the union of one man and one woman. No matter what LGBT extremists, activist judges or the liberal media might say, that is what the institution is about. It's been that way since the beginning of time, because marriage is ordered toward the procreative act of creating children and then providing the ideal environment for them to thrive with the unique contributions to their wellbeing provided by both a mother and a father.

Help Us Restore Marriage To Our Laws

Many in the media foolishly dismiss the idea that we can restore traditional marriage to our laws. They figure that since the US Supreme Court did the unthinkable with their illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling in the Obergefell case, that gay marriage is a done deal. But people who think through the issues more deeply realize that this situation is not permanently ensconced in our laws, and can be changed.

NOM is determined to do just that — to fight to restore marriage. We may be just a single Supreme Court justice away from being able to do so.

Will you help us in our quest to fight for traditional marriage being restored to our laws? Your gift of $15, $25, $35, $50, $100, or $250 or more will help us continue to make the case for marriage to be restored, as well as advocating for laws at the state and federal level that promote the importance of marriage, such as the faith-based adoption legislation we're backing in Georgia. Please act today with a generous contribution.

It's interesting to me that for a long time, many people on our side just assumed that we had won the battle to preserve marriage and they could focus on other things. After all, the federal Defense of Marriage Act had been enacted into law, and voters in dozens of states had put provisions into their state constitutions to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman

Conventional wisdom was that marriage was won.

But some LGBT activists did not accept conventional wisdom. They organized and fought, often behind the scenes and often in the face of criticism that they were wasting time and resources on a lost cause. That criticism continued until one day the cause was not lost when the Supreme Court ruled their way.

Now conventional wisdom is that traditional marriage has been lost and we just have to accept the idea of 'gay marriage.' But conventional wisdom is wrong. Marriage is not lost and the redefinition of marriage has not been permanently won.

NOM is the only organization in America intently focused with a central mission to restore marriage to our laws. But in order to do that, we need supporters who are willing to stand alongside us in this fight over the longer term. We call those people Sustaining Members.

Sustaining Members form the backbone of NOM because they provide financial support month in and month out. As a Sustaining Member, you decide what amount to contribute each month. Some people give as little as $7 monthly while others are able to contribute $100 or more per month. I hope you will consider becoming a Sustaining Member so that we can count on your ongoing support.

The Sustaining Member process is easy to set up and operates seamlessly and transparently. You'll be notified each month when your pledge processes, and you can change your pledge instructions at any time.

Whether you are able to make a one-time donation, or step up to become a Sustaining Member, I hope you will act today. We are hard at work in Georgia and other states, and at the federal level, to fight for the rights of people and groups to act in concert with their beliefs about marriage. We need, and would be very grateful to have, your support today.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

PS — Our petition in Georgia has generated thousands of contacts with policymakers there on behalf of allowing faith-based adoption agencies to serve the best interests of children by ensuring that they go to families where they will experience the love of a mother and a father. If you have not yet signed our petition, please do so now, and then share it with your friends and family. Thank you.

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Oscars So Strange


Hollywood and the left were on full display last night at the 90th annual Academy Awards show. From beginning to end, it was a bizarre presentation, something that can only be described as unwatchable. It was a powerful reminder of how out of touch and disconnected Hollywood and the left are from mainstream America. They spent nearly four hours in primetime celebrating themselves and managed to make most of America — the people who buy movie tickets and finance the lavish lifestyles of the left's rich and pampered — feel marginalized.

Help Us Stand Up For Average Americans

After a year in which Hollywood's dark side of sexual violence and serial harassment finally emerged into full public view, they decided to showcase their wonderful and amazing diversity. Special presentations were aired featuring every manner of what Hollywood considers the oppressed - illegal immigrants; gays, lesbians and the transgendered; muslims and those who follow obscure religions; and of course women: women of color, immigrant women, 'trans women,' and women fighting for leftist social causes.

To put an exclamation point on how strongly Hollywood's newfound commitment to the plight of women is, Frances McDormand, sometimes rambling incoherently and looking homeless, called on all female nominees in the audience to stand. One can only presume that McDormand meant it as a show of strength and protest against Hollywood's culture of oppression against women. Unfortunately, she called on Meryl Streep to lead the women to their feet even though for decades Streep was Harvey Weinstein's chief promoter and defender. Then, at what could still have been a moment with some drama, instead of calling on the women to keep the #MeToo movement going, McDormand said that women need their projects to be financed. Huh? This of course was touted by the left as an amazing moment.

As much as I would like to just tune out the left and their idiotic sycophants in Hollywood, we can't afford to do that. Sadly, these people have a powerful influence in shaping the culture, and culture eventually has a powerful influence in shaping America's public policies and laws.

Help Us Fight Against Hollywood Values

Sometimes it feels as if we at NOM are facing a firehose of assaults from Hollywood and the left. We have to fight just to take a breath amidst the sheer onslaught of damaging ideas being advanced. But even though we can be consumed in defending against terrible proposals, we also have to devote considerable attention to advancing positive narratives about marriage and family, promoting the good of marriage, illuminating the beauty of mainstream religious practice and life, and the highlighting the immense and unique contributions that both genders make to human flourishing.

That is what NOM's First Freedom Initiative is designed to do. Through the First Freedom Initiative, we produce videos, design grassroots educational programs, conduct public speaking and informational tours, engage with people via social media, interact with young people on college campuses and advance public policies.

We would be grateful for your generous financial support so that we can continue to push back against the left and Hollywood's values. We are a lean and efficient organization and your contributions to us go a long way. For example, because of the incredibly talented members of our team, we can produce a professionally created and inspiring educational video for as little as $1,000. A $2,500 investment allows us to reach a huge audience with our content via social media. A $5,000 investment will allow us to mobilize tens of thousands of people to contact a policymaker's office.

We would be very grateful for your support in this fight. Please consider a gift today.

If you are able, may I ask you to also consider becoming a Sustaining Member of NOM. Sustaining Members help form the backbone of our organization by making a monthly contribution of any amount of their choosing, Knowing that we have a stable abuse of funding month in and month out.

To put things into perspective, a single studio-sponsored party after last night's unbearably bad Academy Awards celebration cost way more than NOM's entire budget for the year! That's what we are up against.

And yet, we are able to win critical battles and advance our cause because we have you, and we have truth, on our side.

Thank you for considering whether you can make a donation to help us continue to take on Hollywood and their dangerous agenda. I would be especially grateful if you can step up to become a Sustaining Member.

May God richly bless you for your love, friendship and support.

Faithfully,

Brian S Brown

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Who will be our next great evangelist?


They are both gone now.

I consider the two most transformative, influential Christian figures to have lived during my lifetime to be Pope John Paul II and the Rev. Billy Graham. With the passing of Rev. Graham last week, these two giants are now gone.

I never personally met either man, but both touched me in profound ways. Ironically, even though I am a Catholic and Rev. Graham was a Southern Baptist, I felt a real connection to him, and my life and career ended up interacting with his in interesting and inspired ways.

My first attraction to Rev. Graham was not on a spiritual level, but a professional one. I've made my career in the business of persuasion, in the field of politics and public affairs, and I had a tremendous respect and admiration for Dr. Graham's enormous communications skills. I remember watching him as a young man preach on network television to these enormous, packed stadiums, in awe of his oratorical skill, connecting immediately with his audience, putting himself on the same plane as them, both sinners. There was some fire and brimstone in his addresses, yes, but his overarching message was always love. He made it clear that no matter what you've done, no matter where you are, God loves you, sent his only son to die for you and you can save your life this very moment by confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior. It was never him, it was his message. It was Jesus, always and everywhere.

It was a different time during Rev. Graham's public ascendancy, a time when religious broadcasts were not relegated to late night or early morning cable channels. The television audience for Rev. Graham's crusades was huge, his addresses were aired in primetime.

My first spiritual interaction with Rev. Graham was in 1983 when he brought his crusade to Sacramento. I was 27 years old and going through a difficult time in my life. I was immensely touched by his message. Experiencing his preaching deepened my faith in God and brought me closer to Jesus in a personal way, appreciating Him not only as the Savior of the World, but as the Savior of My Own Life.

A few years later during another challenging period of my life, I actively explored other presentations of the Christian faith, regularly attending services at several evangelical churches. I eventually returned to the Catholic Church but the impressions left by Rev. Graham though his television ministry and his crusades stuck with me my entire life.

Fast forward now to 2012. I had just been retained by a coalition of groups including the National Organization for Marriage, local pro-family organizations like the NC Values Coalition and a number of church groups in North Carolina to manage a campaign to enact a constitutional amendment preserving marriage in the state as the union of one man and one woman. In my very first trip to meet with the coalition, I stated the obvious - somehow we needed to get Rev. Billy Graham involved in the campaign.

This turned out to be more difficult than you might imagine. Dr. Graham had been retired for many years by then, and was in ill health. Nobody on our team had a direct relationship with him. Some had indirect relationships, and they began the process of networking and putting out the word that we needed his help.

Weeks turned into months. Meanwhile. the LGBT community, with the help of a complicit media, was disingenuously and viciously attacking the measure in a slew of misleading press reports and paid advertisements, eroding support.

The route to reaching Billy Graham was circuitous, to say the least. It was the Holy Spirt who gave us a hand. As I recall, somehow an obscure church secretary in a rural North Carolina church learned that we were seeking Rev. Graham's support. This woman happened to bring the topic up with a visiting pastor who just happened to be preaching in her church at that very time. This pastor just happened to have a connection to the Graham family.

All I know is that as the campaign came down to the final days, we got a call that Billy Graham was, indeed, going to publicly endorse the marriage amendment. And more than that, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association would pay for full page newspaper ads in every newspaper in North Carolina to announce his endorsement.

The North Carolina marriage amendment was enacted with a 61% Yes vote.

One of my most prized career mementos is a copy of the Billy Graham endorsement newspaper ad signed by Rev. Graham himself. His wobbly signature, the result of his battle with Parkinson's disease, was a stark testament to his faith, and his courage to stand for the truth even in his final season of life.

Both Billy Graham and John Paul II were men of history, but also men of the moment who mastered the emerging communications technologies of their day to spread the Gospel.

Neither man shied away from the plain truth of the Gospel. They didn't tout a sanitized "prosperity" version of the Gospel; nor did they did they bend the Gospel to be "seeker friendly" as so avoid any possible offense. They just spoke the plain truth. Our existence here on earth is not a mere way-station along a certain path to heaven, but a testing ground where we have an opportunity to accept Jesus, follow his teachings and thus secure an eternity with Him in heaven. Both men spoke truth from the perspective of a father who loves us like no other.

Who will be the next Billy Graham or John Paul II? I don't know, but almost certainly there will be someone to fill those enormous empty shoes because God is not done with humanity yet. Until the second coming of Jesus Christ, the fight to save souls will be waged in full-throated fashion. And just as Billy Graham and John Paull II mastered the communications technologies of their day (radio and television) to save souls, I am confident the next great evangelist will be a master of the technologies of today and tomorrow.

Rev. Graham's body is appropriately lying in state in the US Capitol in preparation for his burial on Friday. He is one of only a handful of American civilians to have been granted that honor. He was that important to our nation.

It is said that Rev. Graham preached to over 200 million people, more than any other person in history. Russell Moore, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention called him, "the most significant evangelist since the Apostle Paul." He was that influential a Christian.

I don't know about the millions of other people he reached during his remarkable career, but I know that Billy Graham reached me. He deepened my faith and helped transform my life. I am extremely fortunate, and grateful, to have known him, even from afar.

Frank Schubert

Frank Schubert
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