The Rundown: The religious freedom issue that persists… even under Trump

May 11th, 2017

Some stories seem too crazy to be true.

Like many federal agencies, the Unites States Department of Agriculture (USDA) serves an important purpose. Unfortunately, too often today politically-motivated federal agents can abuse the power these offices have been given by the people.(We all remember the when the IRS targeted conservative groups under the Obama administration.)

I’m sad to say, that even though we’re under a new administration, we’re seeing a similar issue at the USDA.

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1851 Center: Gambling Expansion in Proposed Budget is “Inconsistent” with the Constitution

May 1st, 2017

Constitutional Law Center sheds light on issues with proposed budget

COLUMBUS – An Ohio Constitutional Law Center that generally supports the legalization of gambling released a letter today explaining how the proposed gambling expansion in the budget bill before the State House likely violates the Ohio constitution.

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law’s Executive Director Maurice Thompson’s letter provides a legal analysis of how the budget proposal expands gambling beyond what the voters approved in 2009. Ohio voters consented to 4 casinos in Ohio, yet the proposed budget nearly triples this number by allowing the 7 racinos in the state to have video poker.

“The 1851 Center letter shows that you don’t need to oppose the expansion of gambling to think this is a bad move by the State House; all you need is a healthy respect for the rule of law,” said Aaron Baer, President of Citizens for Community Values (CCV).

CCV believes the provision is unconstitutional, and generally opposes the expansion of gambling in Ohio.

Thompson makes clear they may not agree with CCV’s position on the expansion of gambling, but they share CCV’s concerns about the constitutionality of the budget provision.

“Were we to adopt a position, we would likely favor the legalization of all gambling by Ohio adults, whether through financial investment, insurance procurement, or casino gaming,” Thompson wrote. “Nevertheless, our conclusion is that that Ohio Constitution currently prohibits casino gaming beyond the four casinos it designates in Section 6, Article XV.”

You can read the full letter online here.

For questions or further comments, contact CCV,

Citizens for Community Values works to create an Ohio where God’s blessings of life, family, and religious freedom are treasured, respected, and protected.

Action Alert: Look what our lawmakers are trying to sneak in the budget…

April 27th, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017


Ohio Lawmakers Bait and Switch Voters, Trying to
Nearly Triple Number of Casinos in Ohio

Statement from Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer


COLUMBUS – “Buried deep inside the 4,503 page proposed budget is one line that undercuts the voters by nearly tripling the number of casinos in Ohio. It also opens up the state to litigation for violating what the voters put in the Constitution.


Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Smith, this budget provision fundamentally subverts what the voters approved in 2009 when they permitted the limited expansion of gambling with the establishment of 4 casinos in Ohio.


The proposed budget allows the 7 racinos in Ohio to now offer more gambling in the form of video poker. Let’s be clear, by putting this significant expansion of gambling into the budget, some lawmakers are attempting to sneak one by their constituents.


The voters defeated the expansion of gambling 4 times – and ultimately only approved it on a limited basis. Not only would it be unethical to expand gambling in this way, it is possibly unconstitutional.


We ask Speaker Rosenberger to do the right thing, and pull this unnecessary provision from the budget.”


See page number 1,853 (top right corner) to view the proposed provision:


For questions or further comments, contact CCV, 513.733.5775.


Citizens for Community Values works to create an Ohio where God’s blessings of life,
family, and religious freedom are treasured, respected, and protected.

The Rundown: Looking down on religion

April 20th, 2017

From the Playground to The Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court heard an incredibly important case yesterday that will decide whether the government has the right to discriminate against religious organizations.

Our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom are representing a church that runs a preschool and daycare center, which was excluded from a Missouri program that provides grants to purchase rubberized surface material (made of recycled tires) for children’s playgrounds. Although the state highly ranked the center as qualified for the program, it denied the center’s application solely because a church runs the daycare.

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2017 Ohio School Choice Rally

April 11th, 2017

Do you believe that every child deserves a quality education? Do you believe parents should have the right to choose the best school for their child?

Join us for a rally at the Ohio Statehouse on May 2, 2017, at 11 a.m. to show Ohio’s leaders that we support school choice! Interested in attending?