Call to Action - Call Your Rep. to Support the Ohio Pastor Protection Act
Pastors from all over Ohio came to the Ohio Statehouse to defend religious liberty, urging legislators to support H.B. 36, the Ohio Pastor Protection Act. Your calls are needed today to urge your representative to support the Ohio Pastor Protection Act, H.B. 36. The bill has had three hearings in the Community and Family Advancement Committee, chaired by State Rep. Tim Ginter. Another hearing will be scheduled for the week of February 27th. It is scheduled to be voted out of committee, but a floor vote is yet to be determined. Calls need to pour into the Statehouse in support of defending pastors, churches, church property from unwarranted lawsuits over same-sex marriage. Click here for a list of Ohio legislators.
On Wednesday, the Community and Family Advancement Committee in the Ohio House, chaired by State Rep. Tim Ginter, held hearings on H.B. 35, the Ohio Pastor Protection Act. The bill was introduced by State Rep. Nino Vitale with27 co-sponsors. Pastor Al Davis, board member of OCA, testified in support of the bill, as well as OCA President Chris Long. Click here to read Pastor Al's testimony. Click here to read Chris Long's testimony. Hearings will be conducted next week and the third week of February. Call you state representative today and urge them to support H.B. 36, the Ohio Pastor Protection Act.
The following letter was written to the morning hosts of WCRF Radio in Cleveland in relation to President Trump's immigration policy and the refugee issue.
I happened to catch your program on Friday and Monday mornings when you were discussing the President's executive order on immigration. Several issues come to mind. The President has the responsibility of protecting the citizens of the United States. It was with this in mind that he enacted this order on immigration. As President, he is not alone; his predecessors did similarly. President Obama enacted a six-month ban on Iraqi immigrants in 2011. President Carter also enacted a ban, as did Presidents Bush and Clinton. You probably have seen the video online of President Clinton in his 1996 State of the Union address, underscoring the reasons why he was enacting restrictions on immigration from some countries, given the security threat. PRINT LETTER
In a major breach of protocol, the State of the State Address by Governor Kasich before a joint session of the Ohio General Assembly in Marietta last week, did not open with a prayer from the clergy. OCA President Chris Long who was in attendance recounted, "There was a call to order by the Speaker of the House and Senate President, a call to quorum, the presentation of colors by the Honor Guard, and then the Senate President looked down at his notes as to what was next on the program. He seemed to pause as to wonder if they had forgotten something. He then announced Governor Kasich, who walked down the aisle to the stage with members of his cabinet. He greeted the audience, delivered his speech, there was the retirement of colors, and the conclusion of the assembly. What stood out to me and other attendees was the major omission of the opening prayer. This State of the State was held in Marietta in observance of the city's 228th birthday as the first chartered settlement of the Northwest Territory. Article 3 of The Northwest Ordinance states, "Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind..." Given the occasion and setting, it was especially bothersome that prayer was left out.
Since our nation's founding, prayer has been offered before the Continental Congress, the U.S. Congress, and in all 50 states of the union throughout our 240-year history. Prayer and divine guidance has been sought by our elected officials at the opening of each assembly. Before every Ohio House and Senate Session, prayer is offered by a visiting clergy member who has been invited by an elected official of that district for the purpose of offering the prayer.
I began to ask House and Senate Leadership why the prayer was omitted from the program. No one had an immediate answer, and we are still waiting for a response. We also phoned the Governor's Director of Legislative Affairs, Merle Madrid. He has not returned our calls. Since Governor Kasich chose to take the State of the State to remote locations away from Columbus, it is understood that his office has more direct involvement in the program schedule for the State of the State Address. The question of why the Governor and his people removed the prayer from the program has still not been answered, but in an environment when faith is under fire with Bibles being removed from military installations and religious freedom laws being ridiculed by the Governor as unnecessary, it makes one wonder why he now thinks that prayer is unnecessary. We would be interested to hear the Governor's reason for the removal of the opening prayer at his State of the State address."
Ohio Christian Alliance Urges Delay of Implementation of Online Voter Registration in Ohio to Safeguard Ohio's Vote S.B. 63, the online voter registration bill, has raised concerns that it may further threaten Ohio's election integrity. Ohio's elections process has been under some scrutiny over the past several years due to an increase in reported voter fraud cases, referenced in the Ohio SOS Post-Election Voter Fraud Reports May 2013, SOS December 2013 Report "Non-U.S. Citizens Register and Vote in the Battleground State of Ohio", SOS report March 12, 2015 in which it was reported that 436 non-U.S. citizens were registered to vote in Ohio, 44 of whom actually cast ballots, and the June 25, 2015 SOS report "14 Individuals Referred for Investigation for Allegedly Illegally Voting." Additionally, Franklin County reported more than 90 cases of double voting in the 2012 Presidential Election as reported in the Columbus Dispatch in June of 2013. Also, nineteen indictments were handed down in Hamilton County. A state-wide citizens' audit of Ohio county BOE's conducted in the aftermath of the 2012 Presidential Election also indicated a number of irregularities and suspicious activity through eyewitness accounts. What is clear in these reports is that voter fraud is a growing problem in the battleground State of Ohio, and more measures need to be enacted to get out in front of the problem. Ohio is a must-win state for the campaigns, and there are those who would game the election system to achieve a fraudulent advantage. To enact online voter registration at this time would be ill-advised. There are a number of concerns regarding the security of the online access and process of voter registration that S.B. 63 raises. What the general public has learned over the last several years is that no website is secure from hackers. When the secure websites of The Pentagon, The White House, The Office of Personnel Management of the U.S. government in which 21.5 million people were exposed, and the web site of Ohio then-Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner have all been hacked, then the insistence that this website will be completely safe is purely conjecture and wishful thinking. OCA President Chris Long stated, "When it comes to the value of the voting process in our Republic, we need to proceed with extreme caution before the suggestion of online voter registration is seriously considered. This is no time for a cavalier attitude concerning the voter integrity process in Ohio. At a minimum, our suggestion is to delay the implementation of this legislative proposal until 2017, and that a trial run should be conducted to assure that the security of the website platform can be verified before full implementation of online voter registration in the State of Ohio." ### Contact Chris Long 330-887-1922
WWII Memorial Prayer Act Signed Into Law by The President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2014 It's official – The President has signed The WWII Memorial Prayer Act (S1044) into law. Earlier this month, the bill passed The U.S. Senate in a unanimous consent measure just in time for the 70th anniversary observance of the D-Day Landings. Last week, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the measure overwhelmingly by a vote of 370-12, and yesterday, The President signed the bill into law. The Ohio Christian Alliance would like to commend the bill's sponsors, Senator Rob Portman (OH) and Senator Mary Landrieu (LA), and Congressman Bill Johnson of Ohio's 6th District, who was the House sponsor, for their support of this historic legislation that will add FDR's D-Day Landing prayer to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C.
On this, the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent S 1044 the WWII Memorial Prayer Act. The Ohio Christian Alliance would like to commend the bill's sponsors, Senator Rob Portman (OH) and Senator Mary Landrieu (LA), for their support of this historic legislation that will add FDR's D-Day Landing prayer to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. This prayer will serve as a lasting tribute to those veterans who served the cause of freedom in defending the world against tyranny and oppression.
Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long stated, "President Roosevelt's prayer articulated the great crusade that was underway to liberate millions suffering under tyranny. He honored the war effort and paid tribute to the fallen and those veterans who fought courageously in the conflict. It is only fitting that succeeding generations learn of this prayer that was offered at that most poignant moment in our nation's history."
Ohio's Ban on Human Cloning and Animal-Human Hybrid
Today, we applaud the reintroduction of Ohio’s Ban on Human Cloning and Animal-Human Hybrid, H.B. 308, introduced by State Representative Andy Thompson of Ohio’s 95th District, along with eleven House co-sponsors. OCA President Chris Long states, “For the past ten years, OCA along with other pro-life organizations, has been working with members of the Ohio Legislature to ban embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and in recent years, animal-human hybrid. Some medical laboratories have delved into the surreal world of intermixing animal and human DNA with no legal or moral boundaries. These experimental practices simply are outrageous! Animal-human hybrid research is currently being conducted in England, which many in the international medical community now consider to be a rogue medical state. This experimentation has also been conducted in U.S. laboratories, thus the need for legislative language to provide guardrails.”
Leading the testimony on this legislative ban will be Dr. David Prentice of the Family Research Council who states, “HB 308 provides common sense restrictions on human cloning and animal-human hybrid in Ohio. There are no valid medical or scientific gains that exist or will come from human cloning or hybrid techniques, rather these are abuses of science and should be prohibited. Our focus should be on lifesaving methods such as adult stem cells that put the patient first.”
Ohio Christian Alliance believes that no human life should begin and end as the subject of an experiment. We attest that a process that knowingly encourages human life to be created, manipulated for research, and ultimately destroyed is immoral and should be prohibited. And all who believe that human life, including nascent human life, is a unique and precious gift from our Creator have an obligation to support efforts to ban it. The bottom line is still that any ban short of a total prohibition on human cloning further devalues the sanctity of human life. Ohio Christian Alliance commends State Representative Andy Thompson and the co-sponsors of H.B. 308 for taking the leadership role in sponsoring this key legislation.
For more information contact Chris Long 330-887-1922