The Rundown: Can’t ignore us

October 13th, 2017

Sunday night made clear: Candidate’s for governor can’t ignore the church

In front of a packed house Sunday night at Genoa Church, four of the gubernatorial candidates sat down with Frank Luntz to talk about their vision for the state.

The candidates faced questions they won’t get anywhere else – and Frank did a great job of getting them off their talking points.

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The Rundown: Do you know these people? You should…

October 4th, 2017

Living the Courageous Life

Several months ago, we asked for your nominations for CCV’s Courage Awards. We got responses from all over the state – I’m amazed at how many people are standing up today to do what’s right in Jesus’ name.

Before I share with you the winners, I want to let you know why we renamed our annual awards to be the “Courage Awards.”

Being an outspoken Christian today is becoming more difficult. Our views are increasingly in conflict with mainstream culture.

This isn’t something to be afraid of – in fact, it gives us the opportunity to be distinct, and show that the Gospel has something unique and beautiful to offer our state. But as the world around us grows more hostile, it’s going to take real courage to live out the truth to which we hold fast.

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The Rundown: Wright State’s Warning

September 20th, 2017

WARNING: Realities of Life Ahead

University administrators at Wright State University have a problem.

A student group put up images and a display in the Quad today that was so offensive, vile, and dangerous in the minds of these administrators that they had to send a warning out to all students.

“Members of our community who are uncomfortable with viewing these images may want to avoid the Quad area during this time. Furthermore, if you need support or wish to talk with someone, you are encouraged to visit our Counseling and Wellness Center” wrote Dr. Gary Dickstein, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. “The staff in the Women’s Center will also be available.”

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CCV Files Brief with Supreme Court in Cake Baker Case

September 8th, 2017

Defending Religious Freedom: CCV Files Brief with Supreme Court

COLUMBUS—Citizens for Community Values (CCV), an Ohio Christian advocacy organization that defends free speech and religious liberty, filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today in support of a small business owner’s religious freedom rights.

The “friend-of-the-court” brief was filed in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case that will be going before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. The question before the court is whether Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, can be forced by the government to convey a message that goes against his religious beliefs.

As a devout Christian, Jack has deeply held beliefs about God’s purpose and design for marriage. In July 2012, two men asked Jack to bake a cake for their wedding ceremony. Jack explained that he would gladly serve them any other baked-good they wanted, but that he could not design a cake promoting a same-sex ceremony because of his faith.

Drafted by National Review Institute’s David French, the brief celebrates the long standing American tradition of allowing for individuals and business owners to live their lives in accordance with their conscience, free from government retribution. It cites historical Supreme Court cases and current stories of people refusing to communicate a message that would violate their conscience.

“This brief will relate stories of artists who refused to reproduce Bible verses they found objectionable, design clothing for politicians they dislike, or to recreate flags of American enemies,” the brief says. “But it will also go beyond, illustrating how corporations now view the decision to do business itself as a political act, granting or withholding economic opportunity on the basis of the rights of conscience of their leaders, employees, and shareholders.”

CCV President Aaron Baer believes this case should be an easy one for the court to resolve.

“What makes America great is that we can disagree about serious issues, and still live together in peace. If we truly respect diversity, then we must respect the rights of others to hold different religious views and opinions than us. This is what separates our nation from so many others, and why the court must not allow the State of Colorado to punish Jack,” said Baer.

“From students declining to rise for the pledge of allegiance, to Walmart refusing to sell Confederate paraphernalia, to fashion designers refusing to make dresses for Melania Trump because they disagree with her husband’s politics, Americans understand that no one should be forced to participate in an event or communicate a message with which they disagree,” Baer said.

CCV joined with 32 family policy organizations in filing the amicus brief. You can read it online here: ccv.org/scotusbrief ‎

For questions or further comments, contact CCV, info@ccv.org or 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.

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Campus Free Speech Act Press Release

August 30th, 2017

CCV was grateful to stand with Rep. Wes GoodmanRep. Andrew O. BrennerStudents for Life of America and other freedom loving Ohioans in support of the Campus Free Speech Act!

COLUMBUS—Citizens for Community Values participated in a press conference held by Ohio State Representatives Wesley Goodman & Andrew Brenner today announcing their intention to introduce the Campus Free Speech Act. The proposal will protect the free speech rights of students on public universities throughout Ohio.

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