It all started with a napkin.
Long before he helped found Alliance Defending Freedom, Alan Sears wanted to start a law student training program. While attending law school in the 1970s, Alan had experienced hostility directed at conservative students and their values. He knew that something needed to be done to encourage and help these talented young people.
Then one day, Alan had an idea: a training program for freedom-loving Christian law students. All he had to write with was a pen and a napkin.
Twenty years later, that idea scrawled on a napkin is now the Blackstone Legal Fellowship. Blackstone has trained over 2,200 law students. These are some of the brightest minds in the next generation. Many come from top law schools and go on to get competitive jobs in the private and public sector. But most importantly, these students love freedom.
And that is critical. Because we need to train the next generation to defend our constitutional rights.
As President Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”
It is vital for us to prepare the next generation to continue the fight for freedom. Especially now. Because for years, activists with a far-left agenda have been changing our courts and undermining the legal system instituted by our founders. And they’ve been smearing anyone who tries to stop their agenda. Recently, their efforts have been escalating.
What Alan realized is that shaping our legal system doesn’t start in a courtroom. It starts in a classroom. If we don’t give the next generation of attorneys the tools and education they need to defend freedom today, we could lose that freedom tomorrow.
Can you imagine what it would be like to explain to your grandchildren what it was like when America was free? President Reagan warned of this exact scenario:
The only way [the next generation] can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it and then hand it to them with the well thought lessons of how they in their lifetime must do the same. And if you and I don't do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it once was like in America when men were free.
We have a choice. We can secure freedom for our children and grandchildren today or do nothing. The future of freedom in America is in our hands.
We have an opportunity right now to help future generations learn how to protect our God-given freedoms through the Blackstone Legal Fellowship. This important program is only possible through your prayers and financial support.
Generous Ministry Friends have provided a new $250,000 matching grant to double your gift to train these law students in the defense of freedom. That means any gift you give today will be doubled—dollar for dollar—up to $250,000, for twice the impact on freedom.
Thank you for your generosity.
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