CCV Perspectives

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Obama’s unconstitutional and dangerous mandate on schools regarding bathroom, locker room, and shower use has been rescinded today.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I am deeply grateful Secretary Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the Trump Administration rescinded the mandate and are putting the safety of our students before a political agenda.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.

The Rundown: No one else is going to do it

February 16th, 2017

We’re counting on you

I want to share something that’s weighing on me quite a bit right now.

I just saw this story out of Olmstead Falls. According to reports, they are preparing to become the 17th Ohio city to pass a law that requires businesses and potentially ministries to participate in gay marriages and allow men in women’s restrooms and locker rooms.

These laws are dangerous.

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The Rundown: We all see the same problem

February 8th, 2017

The one thing we can all agree on is that we can’t agree

The day after the election, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw two posts back-to-back from friends. One was convinced the world was coming to an end now that Donald Trump was elected president; the other was convinced America’s savior was now in the White House.

I’m sure you’ve seen similar contrasts – maybe even in your own household. There’s a sense of stark disunity in our culture these days, and the polls back that up. A recent Gallup poll found that 77% of Americans see the nation as “divided.”

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The Rundown: What to know about the new Supreme Court nominee

February 1st, 2017

One picture says it all

Rundown 2-1-17 picture

This is a picture of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch and Justice Antonin Scalia on a fly fishing trip together. The two not only shared hobbies, but also a view of the Constitution.

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The Rundown: The Rundown: What just happened in D.C.?

January 26th, 2017

The abortion industry’s wallet got a lot lighter.

It’s only Wednesday, and it’s already been the best week for life in Washington D.C. in 8 years.

Reinstatement and expansion of the Mexico City Policy
The “Mexico City Policy” actually has very little to do with Mexico City. The name refers to a memorandum President Reagan signed in 1984 at a United Nations Conference in Mexico City that prohibits Non-Governmental Organizations that receive US funds from providing or promoting abortion.

President Clinton rescinded the policy, and President George W. Bush reinstated it before President Obama rescinded it again.

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The Rundown: All those things we’re not supposed to talk about

January 18th, 2017

If Dr. King doesn’t make you uncomfortable, you’re not fully appreciating him.

For Christians, Martin Luther King Day should be like hearing a good sermon on Sunday: you’re grateful for it, but it makes you uncomfortable.

At the heart of Rev. King’s message was a call to the church to shake off its chains of comfort and step into the messy, often awkward, and some times dangerous mission of the church.

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The Rundown: 4 things that would (actually) happen if we defund Planned Parenthood

January 11th, 2017

Basically a lot of good things
Planned Parenthood – Ohio and America’s largest abortion provider – is in an outright panic over the prospect of being stripped of federal funds.

Annually, the abortion giant gets more $500,000,000 from taxpayers. This is why they are predicting the end of the world if lawmakers in DC cut them off the federal dole.

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The Rundown: The key word for talking to millennial Christians

January 4th, 2017

“The Rundown” is a new weekly email from CCV President Aaron Baer with a short note on culture, “can’t-miss” news and the latest updates from CCV.

“And” is a powerful word

Time and time again since coming home to Ohio, I’ve heard a key concern from CCV friends: how do we reach millenials – especially millennial Christians?

This is crucial question. If we care about protecting families, life, and religious freedom for more than just the next few years, we have to wrestle with it. And while its answer is wide ranging, a good place to start is by using one simple word: “and.”

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Gov. Kasich Signs Bill to Save Hundreds, But He Could Have Saved Thousands

December 15th, 2016

COLUMBUS – “Ohio is a safer place for unborn children today because abortion is prohibited in most cases after 20 weeks. Yet unborn children with beating hearts are still at risk because Governor Kasich failed to sign the Heartbeat Bill.

Not in recent memory has a Governor had the opportunity to save so many with the stroke of a pen. Unfortunately, with this veto, Ohio not only lost an opportunity to make history, but our state has lost all the potential joy and goodness brought by the children who now will continue to be aborted after a heartbeat is detected.

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November 21st, 2016

family-picIf we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Aaron Baer, the new President of Citizens for Community Values.

A little about my background:

  • I’m a Warren, Ohio native (Go WGH Raiders!)
  • I’m an Ohio University graduate (Go Bobcats!)
  • For the last 7 years, I’ve lived in Phoenix, Arizona (Go away 120 degree summer heat!)
  • Most of that time, I worked at the Arizona Family Policy Council, Center for Arizona Policy.
  • Most recently, I worked in Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s executive office.

My wife Maria and I now live in Columbus with our baby girl Naomi (here’s a picture of us after we dedicated Naomi at our church in Phoenix in May).