The Rundown: We knew this day would come

March 16th, 2017

Not surprised. Just disappointed. So we’re out.

Like most people my age, Disney movies were central to my childhood.

Now that my wife and I have a daughter of our own, Disney movies are something we look forward to sharing with her as she grows.

It’s why the news that Disney has decided to inject a dose of politics into their upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast remake is disappointing and incredibly frustrating. According to the movie’s director Bill Condon, the movie (which debuts this Friday March 17) has an “exclusively gay moment.”

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The Rundown: How the left is celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2017

The left’s world without women

On International Women’s Day, the left has decided to celebrate the day by encouraging women to boycott work and refrain from going to big businesses. They want to show the world what it would be like without women.

Their point: women are essential to our nation. Which is an odd point to make because (1) every one agrees with this and (2) the left advocates for policies that essentially eliminate women from public life and society.

The proof?

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The Rundown: My talk with two transgender activists

March 1st, 2017

At the least, you can’t say it wasn’t interesting!

Yesterday, All Sides with Ann Fisher on WOSU invited me on to talk about President Trump rescinding President Obama’s guidance on transgender bathroom, locker room, and shower use in public schools.

Also on the show were two transgender activists…so you can imagine we had a pretty wide-ranging conversation.

I walked away with two things on my mind:

#1 – People with gender dysphoria are genuinely hurting. Both of the activists on the program cited a number of stories and stats to make the case of the plight of the transgendered. We can and should acknowledge their very real pain.

But to be clear, this doesn’t change the reality that their “fix” to this problem is dangerous.

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The Rundown: A couple signs that millennials aren’t completely lost

February 23rd, 2017

Don’t give up hope on us yet

Last weekend I had the chance to catch up with some long time CCV supporters. I’m always amazed to hear stories of the battles and victories CCV has been through over 30 years.

Like many of these conversations, the topic inevitably turned to the question of how we carry this work into the future – especially with a millennial generation that can be… simply the worst (I can say that because I am one – and a lot of people are saying it anyway).

There are plenty of reasons to look at the millennial generation and be frustrated/concerned/confused. But I’m here to tell you there’s more hope than we realize. Here are a couple of great signs:

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President Trump Rescinds Letter Regulating Public School Bathrooms and Locker Rooms

February 22nd, 2017

Statement from Citizens for Community Values President Aaron Baer

“The last thing that should be on a student’s mind when going to school is whether their safety and privacy will be protected. That’s why I am glad common sense has prevailed and President Obama’s unconstitutional and dangerous mandate on schools regarding bathroom, locker room, and shower use has been rescinded today.

Simply put, the federal government has no business regulating neighborhood school bathrooms.

Schools are able to provide a safe environment for all students – including transgender students – without compromising the security and privacy of other students. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration was threatening Districts with the loss of federal funds if they didn’t allow, for example, biological boys to use the girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms. The administration even required that schools allow boys to participate in girls’ athletics and stay with girls on overnight school trips.

I am deeply grateful Secretary Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the Trump Administration rescinded the mandate and are putting the safety of our students before a political agenda.

Now it’s crucial for all Ohio school districts that changed their policies in response to the Obama administration’s threats to restore their original policies which protected the privacy and safety of all students.”

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