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FDR's D-Day Prayer as the President Prayed it on June 6, 1944

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OCA has been working with the Friends of the WWII Memorial and the U.S. Parks Service for site selection and design approval, and with the Friends of the WWII Memorial for the project’s fundraising effort. The legislation stipulates that it shall not be paid for by tax dollars, but rather with private donations. Many people are not aware that most of the monuments in Washington were paid for by private donations through the years. Some public money is used only for the maintenance and upkeep of the monuments. Our goal is to help raise the 500,000 for the Prayers addition.  We envision this project to be a lasting educational piece added to an already magnificent monument.

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Thanks to all who made the Fall Freedom Banquet a special night to celebrate freedom.
Mon, Sep 30th, 2019 1:16:41 pm

Thanks to all who came to the Fall Freedom Banquet and helped to make it a special evening, AG Dave Yost, SOS Frank LaRose, Senator Roegner, Dave Barton, John Coats, Bob Burney, Matt and Melanie Miller. Click here to see more pictures from Friday night's dinner. 

The day began with a Pastors Luncheon with David Barton talking with pastors on religious liberty and the Founding Fathers. David discussed the importance of what God is doing to change the land by giving us judges that will rightly judge according to His statutes. This is how God will begin to heal the land. Recent court decisions favorable to religious liberty have already begun to have a ripple effect, changing the course of the judiciary's view of religion and religious liberty. 

Friday night's dinner was attended by supporters from around the State of Ohio. Addressing the attendees were State Attorney General Dave Yost, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and Senator Kristina Roegner who received the Ohio Christian Alliance Life Award for her sponsorship of Ohio's Heartbeat Bill S.B. 23.  Legislators also in attendance were Representative Mark Romanchuk, Representative Todd Smith, Senator Andy Brenner, and former State Representative Andy Thompson. College students from Capitol University, Ohio Christian University, and Kent State University were in attendance. 

OCA presents Gov. Mike DeWine with a framed copy of the 10 commandments for hanging in his office
Sat, Sep 7th, 2019 9:40:10 am

OCA presents Gov. Mike DeWine with a framed copy of the 10 commandments for hanging in his office

Joining us in the presentation was this distinguished group of leaders from across the state, we had a sit down with Governor DeWine to discuss areas of faith outreach and religious liberty issues. We will give you more information in the coming weeks on areas in which the faith community will be assisting to help solve some of the pressing needs in our communities around the state of Ohio.

Joining OCA President Chris Long in the meeting was Pastors Frank Carl, John Hayes, John Rasicci, John Coats, Mark Able, Phil Fulton, Bob Burney, Judge Brown, OCA board members and advisors Larry Carlson and Garry Meeks.


The Ohio Christian Alliance has presented over 200 members of the Ohio General Assembly with framed copies of the Ten Commandments for hanging in their offices since 2003, including those serving as Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, and Treasurer.

Pastor John Coats and OCA President Chris Long Discuss the Trump Administration's Proposed Rule Change That Protects Religious Organizations and Institutions in Hiring Practices.
Wed, Aug 21st, 2019 10:41:41 pm

Pastor John Coats and OCA President Chris Long Discuss the Trump Administration’s Proposed Rule Change That Protects Religious Organizations and Institutions in Hiring Practices.
Aug 21st, 2019 by ohiochristianalliance
Pastor John Coats and OCA President Chris Long Discuss the Trump Administration's Proposed Rule Change That Protects Religious Organizations and Institutions in Hiring Practices.

ACTION ITEM:  Click on the link below. The comment section will be open until September 15. It is important that people of faith express their support for the rule change. 

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes a Rule Clarifying Civil Rights Protections for Religious Organizations

 WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking intended to clarify the civil rights protections afforded to religious organizations that contract with the federal government. The proposed rule ensures that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law. The proposed rule is currently available for public inspection and will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, August 15, 2019.

The proposed rule is rooted in statute, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes a critical, protective exemption for religious organizations. A similar exemption is included in Executive Order 11246 and OFCCP’s regulations, which govern certain employment practices of federal contractors. Recent Supreme Court decisions - Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores - further address the protections afforded religious organizations and individuals under the Constitution and federal law. Executive Orders 13798, Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty, and 13831, Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, along with U.S. Department of Justice guidance, likewise instruct federal agencies to protect religious exercise and not impede it.

In keeping with that rich history, the proposed rule would clarify that religious organizations may make employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs without fear of sanction by the federal government. The proposal also reaffirms employers’ obligations not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or other protected bases and does not exempt or excuse a contractor from complying with any other requirements.

“Today’s proposed rule helps to ensure the civil rights of religious employers are protected,” Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella remarked. “As people of faith with deeply held religious beliefs are making decisions on whether to participate in federal contracting, they deserve clear understanding of their obligations and protections under the law.”

City of Medina Referendum Petition Filed Led By Concerned Citizens Group
Thu, Aug 1st, 2019 6:54:10 pm

Areas of concern that the citizens have expressed:  The public accommodations provision in the City ordinance that passed Council on Monday, July 8 would result in the following negative impacts for the City of Medina and its residents.  The ordinance states – “TO PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATORY CONDUCT ON THE BASIS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY OR EXPRESSION-“

Areas of Concern

·  This LGBTQ special rights ordinance provides for a public accommodation section on page 6 of the ordinance. It allows for persons of any “gender identity or expression” to be allowed in any public restroom of the opposite sex.

·  Medina City Schools also have to allow those students that perceive themselves to be transgender to enter restrooms, locker rooms, and showers of the opposite sex.

·  Students may be able to choose to compete in sports as a gender opposite of their birth gender. 

·  The City of Medina would face making costly investigations into citizen claims of discrimination based on gender identity and expression which are difficult to prove. 

Business owners will be faced with the decision to make brick and mortar changes to accommodate a third restroom or face fines.

These concerns were addressed before the City Council by local residents who opposed the ordinance. The Council ignored those concerns and passed the ordinance by a 5-2 margin. That is why a referendum petition was circulated and filed to put the issue on the ballot for the citizens to decide. 

D-Day Prayer Project National News
Sun, Jun 9th, 2019 7:10:57 pm

D-Day Prayer Project Temporary Prayer Plaque Placement Ceremony at the Circle of Remembrance June 6, 2019

Senator Rob Portman held a presentation at the Circle of Remembrance area of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 6, as part of the D-Day 75th Anniversary observance. This presentation was to add the temporary prayer plaque of FDR's D-Day Prayer that he prayed with the nation on the morning of the D-Day Landings on June 6, 1944.  President Trump, as part of the anniversary observance, read the prayer to a crowd gathered in England with Queen Elizabeth and other dignitaries assembled. Once again, FDR's D-Day Prayer received national attention as radio and television stations across the country aired the audio or read the prayer.  

Here is the press coverage of OCA/CAA President Chris Long and members of the board participating in the Washington D.C. observance at the ceremony. Members of the OCA Board presented a check for $20,000 to the Friends of the WWII Memorial to help with the cost of paying for the construction and placement of the prayer at the WWII Memorial. $480,000 more is needed for the prayer's addition; $2-3 million is needed for the Circle of Remembrance upgrade and enhancement of with the prayer will be the center. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE COVERAGE BY PAUL STRAND OF THE 700 CLUB

CLICK HERE FOR THE COVERAGE BY THE WASHINGTON TIMES

CLICK HERE FOR THE COVERAGE BY THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

This year's banquet featured the D-Day Prayer Project
Sat, May 11th, 2019 3:13:32 pm

This year’s banquet featured the D-Day Prayer Project- Final Phase for placement of the prayer at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

OCA Spring Freedom Banquet Was a Great Event!

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A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SENATOR ROB PORTMAN!

Launches National Campaign to Fund the D-Day Prayer Project.

A night to honor our veterans.   On hand to celebrate the evening were WWII veterans: Frank Ninni, a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge;  William Miller, a veteran of Normandy Utah Beach; Jack McClure; and Cemil Hamad who served in the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Army Division with Audie Murphy. Other veterans: Marine Colonel (Ret) Danny Bubp (former State Rep.), Korean War veteran David Long, Lt Col. Air Force (Ret) Bill Johnson, keynote speaker. Also present: WWII re-enactment group Crew 1944.  Special thanks to Master of Ceremonies Bob Frantz of WHK Salem Radio Network, musical guest Mrs. Melanie Miller, and author/historian Bill Federer.  Helping to read the D-Day Prayer were Brock Bowman and Kristine Roegner. Thanks to our program sponsors and table sponsors who helped to make the evening a huge success. 

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breaking news A Statement from the Ohio Christian Alliance. A Public Records Request Has Been Made to the Medina County Board of Elections Regarding the Referendum Petition on the LGBTQ Special Rights Ordinance 112-19. 
Tue, Aug 20th, 2019 10:35:52 pm

The Medina County Board of Elections on Monday reported to Medina City Finance Director Keith Dirham that the referendum petition effort on Ordinance 112-19, the LGBTQ Special Rights Ordinance, had fallen short of the signatures needed. However, OCA and its attorneys see discrepancies in the initial report.  The Board invalidated 260 of the 1,173 signatures submitted. OCA President Chris Long made the following statement, “Today we officially made public records request for the complete report of the signature review by the Medina County Board of Elections.  There are a number of questions concerning the initial report.   We believe that upon further review enough signatures will be validated to place the measure on the ballot in November 2020. The Concerned Citizens of Medina City, along with the Ohio Christian Alliance and their attorneys will review and challenge the Board’s findings on the signatures they invalidated. We are confident that we will have enough signatures to be on the fall ballot of 2020. The residents of the City of Medina who are concerned about this new ordinance have a right to have their voices heard at the ballot box. We will fight for their right of representative government and for them to have their opportunity to vote. We are only 44 signatures away from certification for the referendum to be on the ballot. We are confident that the court will validate enough signatures for the referendum to be on the ballot and let the people decide.”

OCA Statement on the Defeat of State Issue 1
Tue, Nov 6th, 2018 9:57:45 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                             

Ohio Christian Alliance Statement on the Defeat of State Ballot Issue 1

Today, Ohio voters read through the deception and soundly voted down State Ballot Issue 1.  The proposed constitutional amendment would have been bad for Ohioans, and especially harmful to the very people it is purported to help.   Promoted as an effort for prison reform, this deceptive ballot measure would have actually created conditions for more drug trafficking and opiate addiction, overdose and death in Ohio communities. Ohio has already seen its share of grief and loss in its battle against drug addiction. 

As the Ohio Christian Alliance has asserted from the beginning, we can now proceed with real common sense criminal sentencing reform for minor drug offenses. Working with a coalition of legislators, law enforcement, members of the judiciary, civic organizations, and the Chamber of Commerce, we can begin to put together a meaningful construct of common sense criminal sentencing reform. This would include a pathway for expungement of some non-violent fourth and fifth degree felonies, so that these Ohioans can again find their way back into society and attain gainful employment.

OCA President Chris Long stated, “The Ohio Christian Alliance looks forward to working with the coalition to begin this legislative initiative as we continue to win the battle against the insidious opiate addiction crisis in Ohio that is affecting so many of our neighbors.  Now the real work can begin.”

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The Ohio Christian Alliance Today Stands with Other Ohio Faith Leaders to Oppose State Ballot Issue 1
Mon, Oct 15th, 2018 10:16:51 am

The Ohio Christian Alliance Today Stands with Other Ohio Faith Leaders to Oppose State Ballot Issue 1

 (Columbus, OH) OCA President Chris Long today stood with faith leaders to oppose State Ballot Issue 1. Faith leaders have now joined the ranks of the Ohio Bar Association, the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Judicial Conference, State Sherriffs’ Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Ohio State Coroners Association in their opposition to State Ballot Issue One.

 Today’s press conference demonstrates that more Ohioans are turning against the proposed State Constitutional amendment.  Promoted as an effort for prison reform, in reality, the deceptive ballot measure would create conditions for more drug trafficking and opiate addiction, overdose, and death in Ohio communities. Ohio has already seen its share of grief and loss in its battle against drug addiction. 

 The amendment as proposed would strip law enforcement of the ability to curb drug use and trafficking in local communities.  Judges would no longer have the ability to provide options to defendants in the courtroom of either incarcerated addiction recovery programs or paroled drug addiction recovery programs. The amendment as proposed is cloaked as an effort for prison reform, but is in reality a proposed constitutional law that will make it nearly impossible for communities, law enforcement, and the judicial system to police and curb drug possession and drug trafficking on the streets of Ohio cities and communities.  

That is why the Ohio Christian Alliance is urging pastors, churches, and our fellow Ohioans to vote NO on State Ballot Issue 1.  Ohio is beginning to make some headway in our battle against drug overdoses and drug-related deaths. State Ballot Issue 1 would put a halt to the progress we have made and only make matters worse. That is why we are urging a NO Vote on Issue 1!

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An open letter to Members of the Ohio Legislature:  
Wed, May 16th, 2018 2:44:53 pm

                                                                                                                           

An open letter to Members of the Ohio Legislature:

 

Due to the unexpected resignation of Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, the Ohio House majority must vote on a new Speaker to finish out the current session. Because the business of The People’s House must continue in the 132 General Assembly, we the undersigned suggest the following:

 

In light of the FBI investigation of former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, we suggest that a Speaker be chosen from among the Majority who is not currently part of the leadership team, who is not running for re-election, and who could serve on an interim basis until the end of the current session. A new Speaker could then be elected after the fall Election. This would allow for the House to continue its session without a lengthy interruption.

 

It is important to put The People’s business first.

 

Sincerely,

Christopher R. Long                                              Linda Harvey     

President, Ohio Christian Alliance                        President, Mission America

Rev. Alfred B. Davis                                              Rev. Dr. Kenneth Johnson                        

Richfield Bible Baptist Church                              Pastor Seaman Community Methodist Church 

Molly Smith                                                            Pastor Dan Wolvin                                                                  

[President, Cleveland Right to Life;                       State Director Awake America Ohio           

resident, National Personhood Alliance]

Diane Stover                                                           Rev. James Tasker

President, Ohio Value Voters, Inc.                         Priest in the Anglican Church North America

Mark Stevenson                                                      Pastor Phil Fulton                                              

Director, Ohioans for Educational Freedom           Union Hill Church

Mark Harrington

Executive Director, Created Equal

School Choice in Ohio now at risk with the sudden closure of the online school ECOT.
Sun, Jan 21st, 2018 10:20:44 am

School Choice in Ohio now at risk with the sudden closure of the online school ECOT.

A Statement from the Ohio Christian Alliance:

"On Thursday when the ODE (Ohio Department of Education) turned down the latest offer of restructured payments by ECOT school, they all but set in motion the immediate closure of the online institution ECOT schools. In doing so, they put in jeopardy the 12,000 students currently enrolled in the school. The magnitude of this decision is equivalent to a major Ohio school district being forced to close in the middle of the school year. State superintendent Paolo DeMaria and his administration had no contingency plan for these students. Parents and students are now scrambling to find other schools to enter, including the 2,287 seniors. This crisis could have been averted by the ODE and the Kasich administration. Their failure to provide a workable solution that would have at least finished the school year for ECOT and its students, is in our opinion gross incompetence and negligent. We would hope that this decision was not made for political purposes. That would be unconscionable as it is affecting so many school children who depend on this online Ohio school for their continuing education. We would hope that the legislature would act quickly to remedy this situation."

We agree with the following Statement by State Representative Andrew Brenner Chairman, Ohio House Education & Career Readiness Committee.
"This could have been avoided had the department of education set up a payment plan that would have allowed the students to finish the school year at ECOT. I warned the Department of this months ago, so their lack of consideration makes me concerned about the long-term ramifications of School choice in Ohio. Since ECOT is now closing the Ohio Department of Education has the responsibility to make sure all 12,000 kids are quickly and properly placed into alternative situations."

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Addressing the Moral Crisis at the Ohio Statehouse – A Statement from the Ohio Christian Alliance
Tue, Nov 28th, 2017 10:29:32 am

Addressing the Moral Crisis at the Ohio Statehouse – A Statement from the Ohio
Christian Alliance November 28th 2017

A moral crisis has emerged at the Ohio Statehouse in recent weeks and requires the
attention of people of goodwill to address it. The serious nature of the moral failures of
some people who serve the public trust in their capacity as public servants has cast a dark
shadow over The People's House. That is why we the undersigned urge a call to action.
Here is what is known, according to recent media reports, and it is disturbing. Senator
Cliff Hite of the 1st Ohio Senate District recently resigned because of his inappropriate
contact with female staffers at the Ohio Statehouse. His seat is now vacant. It was then
reported by the House leadership that Rep. Mike Henne had been ordered to undergo
sensitivity training 2-1/2 years ago due to inappropriate remarks. The House has stated
they will release the documents in relation to the incident, but have not yet done so. Then
came the news of Ohio Senate Democratic chief of staff Michael Premo's sudden
resignation, about which no details were provided by Democratic Senate leadership.
Senate President Larry Obhof has requested to speak to the woman who filed the
complaint against Premo. - Click here for the full statement

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