CCV Perspectives

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, 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.


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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This match will put us over the edge – and provide us with the resources to bring on top-quality talent to represent your interests at the Statehouse and in communities throughout our state.

CCV brings a unique voice to Columbus – we don’t represent a big business or trade association. We represent your values and the Gospel. That’s our “special interest” – making Ohio a better place for families and the spread of the Good News.

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The Rundown: The craziest thing said in DC this year.

June 15th, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: After repeated calls from CCV, earlier this week, the Ohio Senate removed an unconstitutional amendment to the state budget that would have nearly tripled the number of casinos in the state.

THANK YOU to every one who responded to our Action Alert: this is just another example of how together we can have an impact.

Now for this insanity….

Christians Need Not Apply

The noise coming out of Washington D.C. is deafening – so much so that’s it’s easy to miss the truly important incidents.

Like last week, when Senator Bernie Sanders said that a Christian wasn’t fit for a job in the federal government because he believes that faith in Christ is the only path to salvation.

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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?