CCV Perspectives

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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The Rundown: Scaramucci!

August 2nd, 2017

The right decision was made.

I’m having the best cup of coffee right now in Portsmouth, Ohio at Coffee @ the Lofts.

I made the trip bright and early to Portsmouth to catch the beginning of the annual Roy Rogers Festival.

For the last few years, the festival has kicked off with the “Roy Rogers’ Character Awards” – led by CCV Board Member Tim Throckmorton, and former CCV President and current dean of Ohio Christian University Monty Lobb.

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The Rundown: This can’t wait

July 27th, 2017

We’ve waited long enough. It’s time for courage not more compromise.

The U.S. Senate is still struggling to repeal and replace Obamacare. What’s worse, we’re beginning to hear rumors that some Senators are considering passing a replacement to Obamacare that doesn’t defund Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.

It should be clear: defunding Planned Parenthood was a central campaign promise from countless lawmakers.

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CCV Statement on President Trump’s Military Policy

July 26th, 2017

“Our Commander in Chief made the right decision today to refocus our military on protecting the American people, not on advancing a political agenda. Since President Obama first rolled out his transgender policy, the Pentagon has been struggling to find a way to implement it in a way that doesn’t compromise military safety. Thanks to the Trump administration, our military can get back to doing what they do best: keeping our nation safe.”

You can read more about the decision here.

Aaron Baer, President, Citizens for Community Values

The Rundown: Shut it down

July 20th, 2017

The abortion industry wants to shut down all discussion

Sorry the Rundown is a day late – I spent the day in Toledo yesterday meeting with CCV friends and hearing more about all the good the Body of Christ is doing up there. Protestants and Catholics doing great work for the community, like at the Toledo Diocese and Cherry Street Ministries.

I also caught up with friends at the Toledo Pregnancy Center. Toledo has made great pro-life progress lately (And can’t talk about the pro-life progress without also mentioning Ed Sitter at Toledo Right to Life.)

Toledo now has one abortion clinic, and it is surrounded by pro-life advocates working to show women that abortion isn’t their only option.

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Growing the Christian Voice at the Statehouse: CCV Hires Director of Public Policy, Opens Downtown Columbus Office

July 10th, 2017

Josh Brown joins the Citizens for Community Values Team to lead efforts at the Statehouse

COLUMBUS – One of Ohio’s leading voices for faith, family, and freedom is ramping up its work at the Ohio Statehouse by growing it legislative team and opening a downtown Columbus office.

Josh Brown has joined the Citizens for Community Values team to lead the organization’s legislative efforts. As the new Legal Counsel and Director of Public Policy for Citizens for Community Values, Josh will focus on working with lawmakers to protect life, build up families, promote parental rights and school choice, and protect religious freedom.  

“Josh brings a wealth of experience to the CCV team, along with a deep passion for our mission,” said Aaron Baer, President of Citizens for Community Values. “With strong leadership throughout Ohio, we have an amazing opportunity in front of us to advance the pro-life, pro-religious freedom cause in our state – and Josh will be key to leading these efforts with the General Assembly.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to put my experience and credentials to work for a cause I deeply believe in and work with people that I truly respect,” Brown said. “In this role, I will work tirelessly with the General Assembly and communities around the state to foster principled public policy.”

Before joining CCV, Josh was an advocate for the Ohio Municipal League. He has also worked in the U.S. Senate, dozens of political campaigns, the Ohio General Assembly, and is an experienced attorney. Josh received his Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo College of Law and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from The Ohio State University. He is also a combat veteran who served in the U.S. Army.

Along with growing the team, Citizens for Community Values has also opened a downtown Columbus office.

“Opening a downtown Columbus office is central to our growth plans for CCV. Not only does it allow us to work more closely with our elected officials, but it also allows us to reach all corners of the state more efficiently, especially come election season,” said Aaron Baer.

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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The Rundown: This is what happens

July 6th, 2017

When the government controls the health care system, this is inevitable.

This picture is hard for me to look at. I’ve got a one-year-old girl – and I cannot imagine what I would do if she had a life threatening illness, and the government told me I couldn’t do everything possible to save her.

If you haven’t seen this story, the picture above is of Charlie Gard. Charlie and his parents live in the UK, and he has a form of mitochondrial disease, a genetic condition that causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage.

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BIG News!

June 15th, 2017

For months, we’ve shared with you the need and our vision to dramatically expand the work of Citizens for Community Values – including bringing on a full time attorney to lead our public policy efforts at the Statehouse.

With groups like Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and others lobbying our lawmakers every day, it is essential that we have a stronger voice in the General Assembly.

Throughout Ohio, friends of CCV have stepped up with financial support to help make this dream of growing our team a reality.

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