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Ohio Christian Alliance and Concerned Citizens of Medina City Call for Ohio Secretary of State to Conduct Audit of Petitions Filed for Referendum on Medina City Ordinance 112-19
Wed, Dec 11th, 2019 4:34:34 am

Ohio Christian Alliance and Concerned Citizens of Medina City Call for Ohio Secretary of State to Conduct Audit of Petitions Filed for Referendum on Medina City Ordinance 112-19

Today the Ohio Christian Alliance calls on the Ohio Secretary of State to conduct an independent audit of the Referendum Petition on Ordinance 112-19 which was passed by Medina City Council on July 8, on which a citizen referendum petition was filed on July 31, 2019.

After citizens collected nearly 1,200 signatures in just 14 days, the referendum petition went to the Medina County Board of Elections for review. The Medina BOE report indicated that there were 939 good signatures, 44 short of what was needed after they had invalided 260 petition signatures. The Ohio Christian Alliance with its attorneys obtained a public records request from the Medina County Board of Elections. Upon reviewing the records, it was discovered that 59 signatures disqualified by the Board of Elections for what the Board termed “non-matching signature” were actually those of registered voters in the City of Medina who should not have had their signatures invalidated from the petition. 

“Basically, it was a judgement call by the Board of Elections officials,” stated OCA President Chris Long. “Through advisement from our legal counsel we began to obtain sworn affidavits from those residents whose signatures were wrongly invalidated. Volunteers, with their notary assistants, secured forty-seven sworn affidavits from citizens who were more than eager to attest that it indeed was their signature on the petition, and that they wanted the referendum placed on the ballot for the people to decide.”

On November 18, Concerned Citizens of Medina City filed a protest appeal. Now, fifteen days later, Medina County Board of Elections officials have done nothing with the evidence that was presented to them from registered voters in the City of Medina whose signatures were wrongly invalidated. These voters are having their rights violated, and that is why we call upon the Secretary of State, who is the chief elections officer of the State, to review these petitions in light of the additional evidence we have presented.  It is also believed that a conflict of interest exists with Board of Elections officials, and for that reason also we ask the Secretary of State to conduct an independent audit. We hope to have this issue quickly resolved and are confident that there are enough petition signatures to place the measure on the ballot for November of 2020. The people deserve to have their voice heard at the ballot box.

 

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Westerville City Council Passes SOGI Ordinance-Local Citizens Respond With Action
Tue, Dec 3rd, 2019 4:48:57 pm

Click here to read the SOGI ordinance as passed by Westerville City Council

Westerville City Council passed a comprehensive sexual orientation-gender identity special rights ordinance on Tuesday night over the objections of concerned of citizens in the community. This newly passed ordinance will allow members of the opposite sex to use the bathrooms of their choice in public venues. Faith organizations are not exempt. If they rent their facilities for wedding receptions and public functions, they could be in violation of this newly passed ordinance.

A number of people in the community were not even aware that Council was moving forward with this comprehensive special rights ordinance. Some residents questioned the timing, as the opportunity to launch a referendum effort would be difficult given the holiday calendar. Nevertheless, concerned citizens in the City of Westerville are moving forward in response to the actions by City Council. 

A referendum effort that would overturn the actions of Council is being considered. If you are interested in volunteering to circulate the petition in the City of Westerville or are a concerned resident of the City of Westerville who would like to sign the referendum petition, click here, and volunteers who are organizing the effort will contact you. 

OCA President Chris Long made the following statement, "The people of Westerville have several ways that they can challenge this newly passed ordinance - a referendum effort to overturn the ordinance by placing it on the ballot, a lawsuit that would challenge the new ordinance that it violates the rights of privacy, and also the local citizens could consider a charter amendment. All of these options are being considered. The Ohio Christian Alliance stands ready to provide assistance to local citizens who are concerned about this newly passed ordinance."

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. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - PROTEST OF FINDING INVALIDATING REFERENDUM PETITION
Mon, Nov 18th, 2019 3:26:58 pm

 PROTEST OF FINDING INVALIDATING

SIGNATURE OR SIGNATURES ON REFERENDUM PETITION

 

Medina, OH - Concerned Citizens of Medina City today submitted a protest appeal to the Medina County Board of Elections and the Ohio Secretary of State regarding the Medina City Ordinance 112-19 that was passed by Medina City Council on July 8, 2019. This ordinance is an LGBTQ comprehensive special rights ordinance. Citizens in the community of Medina had expressed concerns about the comprehensive nature of the ordinance before Medina City Council passed it.

 

Citizen volunteers with assistance of the Ohio Christian Alliance circulated a referendum petition to place the measure on the ballot.  1,173 signatures were gathered in just fourteen days. On July 31st, the citizens committee submitted the referendum petition in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code to City Finance Director Keith Durham. Mr. Durham held the petitions for ten days before submitting them to the Medina County Board of Elections for review. On August 12th the Board of Elections reported that they had invalidated 234 of the signatures.  983 signatures were needed to place the measure on the ballot. The Board determined that the referendum petition committee had 939 good signatures, 44 signatures short of what was needed.

 

The Ohio Christian Alliance made a public records request from the Medina County BOE and began a review with its attorneys of the Board’s findings. The Medina County Board of Elections officials had invalidated 59 signatures for what they called “non-matching signature.”  In other words, these are registered voters in the City of Medina about whom the Board of Elections officials made a judgement call by stating that their signatures did not match what the Board had on file. The Concerned Citizens of Medina City Committee and its volunteers informed the petition signers whose signatures were rejected that the Board had invalidated their signatures for what they termed “non-matching”. These citizens were more than eager to sign sworn affidavits attesting to their identity, and that they had indeed signed the referendum petition and wanted it on the ballot.

 

This material proof has been submitted as testament that these signatures were valid and that these petition signers wrongfully had their signatures invalidated by the Board’s review. We are confident that upon further review, the referendum effort will be certified for the November 2020 ballot.  It is important that the people’s right of referendum be upheld.  

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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