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The Heritage Foundation wants to add your name to an open letter to Congress, expressing Americans’ deep concerns about the crucial need for policies that promote our nation’s foundational institutions: families, communities, churches, and faith-based charities.

The letter will be made available to all 535 members of Congress (435 representatives and 100 senators). Please add your name!

Dear Member of Congress,

You are serving our nation at a time when we face unprecedented challenges. More and more, federal laws and policies are coming dangerously unhitched from the traditional American values that are the foundation of constitutionally limited government and individual liberty.

Therefore, I stand with The Heritage Foundation and countless fellow Americans to insist that you take dramatic and immediate action to:

  • Defend the civil institutions—including churches, communities, and charitable organizations—that are the traditional sources of ordered liberty and opportunity from the politicians, social engineers, and activist judges who attack them.
  • Sustain and reinforce the traditional American family—the primary institution for passing the values of freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society from one generation to the next.
  • Promote the institutions of civil society, encourage them to participate robustly in the public square, empower them to transmit shared values across the generations, and recognize their unique ability to develop effective, values-based solutions to modern societal problems.

At America’s founding, John Adams, the architect of the Constitution, wrote:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Sadly, the future of constitutionally limited government that Adams and his fellow Founders envisioned is now at dire risk, and Congress must make a choice:

Either adopt policies and laws that defend and advance faith, family, and other traditional American institutions that are pillars of civil society . . .

Or allow the continued, relentless, and disastrous attacks on the shared values—the self-evident truths, unalienable rights, and consent of the governed—that inspired our nation’s Founders.

I urge you respectfully to take the courageous, principled steps that The Heritage Foundation and others have outlined for you. The citizens of this nation will be watching as you make your decisions.