Ohio SOS Jon Husted this week released a report on non-U.S. citizens voting in Ohio's elections. This report was a follow up to his December 2013 report in which, at that time, he had discovered in cross-checking that 291 non-citizens registered to vote in Ohio, 17 of whom actually cast a ballot in the 2012 Presidential Election. With this new report, the number has grown to 436 non-citizens that had registered to vote in Ohio's elections, 44 of whom actually cast a ballot. The SOS has turned the information over for further investigation and prosecution. With the Obama Administrations's executive action that will issue social security numbers and photo ID's to 5 million illegals, SOS Jon Husted has urged the administration to provide a real-time database to track these individuals to keep them off of Ohio's voting roles, for it is illegal for them to cast a vote as non-citizens. Those individuals who do so can face prosecution and deportation.
OCA Commends Speaker Boehner for His Invite to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Address Congress
Today in a joint session of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress after receiving an invite from the Speaker of the U.S. House, Congressman John Boehner of Ohio's 8th District. Members from both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, along with other dignitaries and guests, filled the House chamber to hear the greatly anticipated speech of PM Netanyahu. With just a few weeks from the next Israeli election, and in the midst of the Obama Administration negotiating with Iran on a nuclear deal, the Prime Minister addressed the urgency of why Iran should not be given the opportunity to acquire nuclear weapons. He spoke disctinctively as to the history of the Iranian regime in its support of terrorist activities and acts of aggression against the United States, Israel, and our allies. He spoke of the urgency and the direct threat that a nuclear Iran would present to the State of Israel, to the Middle East, and to Iran's neighbors, as well as the West. The Prime Minister's speech was supported with frequent applause. The support for Israel was evident in the U.S. House chamber today.
OCA President Chris Long stated, "When the world is looking for a voice of clarity and leadership addressing the present crisis in the Middle East, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech was a refreshing change from the double-speak and disconnect we have heard from the Administration in recent weeks. Islamic radicalism and terror are realities that Christian minorities face every day in the Middle East. To hear a leader address the problem head-on was a welcome change."
Pro-Life Movement Mourns Loss of Legendary Leader In Memoriam: Dr. John Willke
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. John Willke, a giant in the pro-life movement. It was my distinct pleasure to meet him and to discuss pro-life issues of importance with him over the past number of years. He has left an indelible impression upon many. His life and legacy for the cause of life will live on for many years to come. He has gone home to his eternal reward into the welcoming arms of Jesus to hear these words, "Well done thou good and faithful servant." Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Willke family. May they be comforted in the fact that so many love and appreciate their father and grandfather. - OCA President Chris Long
The following is a press release from our good friends at Cincinnati Right to Life
Tomorrow there will be a vote on the House floor on HB 7, a Common Core opt-out measure titled "student safe harbor". Below is an article about an award-winning language arts teacher from Elyria Ohio who was nationally recognized who is quitting the teaching profession over Common Core standards. Recently, I was in a meeting in Wadsworth where another award-winning 8th grade history teacher was speaking with Dr. Schramm of the Ashland Univ Ashbrook Center, who stated she saw what Common Core was doing to her math and language art teacher colleagues, and that if Ohio was to adopt Common Core standards for social studies, she will quit the profession. WE MUST STOP COMMON CORE. John Kasich and Jeb Bush are all for it. I say we send them packing and support candidates who support local control of school districts, not federalized curriculum. Click here to read the full article!
Common Core will decimate the teaching ranks. Those who support it should have considered that before they pushed this folly on the Ohio educational system. OCA and its partners are committed to the abolishment of the Common Core standards. Tomorrow begins that legislative action with HB 7 on the House floor for a vote. It allows for students to opt out of the testing. It is a small first step to getting rid of this monstrosity that is strangling our educational system in Ohio. It is tragic that we are losing good teachers over Common Core.
The following opinion piece was posted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on December 21, 2014
The war on Christmas is underway once again this year as the American Atheists have launched a multi-city billboard campaign attacking Christmas and religious faith. Atheist legal groups such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the ACLU, and People for the American Way believe it is open season to attack public expression of faith with their relentless lawsuits and letter campaigns of intimidation to city officials, school districts and public institutions. Continuing the tradition of their predecessors in earlier decades starting in the '60's, they won't rest until every expression of religious content is wiped from the public square, whether it's a football team that prays before the game, a city council that seeks divine guidance, or a Ten Commandments marker on public property. Even peaceful nativity scenes are targeted. Their motivation? It is not tolerance, but intolerance of those who hold a religious belief that is contrary to their atheist views. CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE!
The Ohio Christian Alliance supports State Representative Matt Lynch (76th District) and those members of the Ohio General Assembly who are introducing the Heartbeat Bill Amendment. In the final days of the lame duck session of the 130th General Assembly, an effort is underway to advance the Heartbeat Bill legislation, endorsed by numerous pro-life organizations throughout Ohio. The Ohio Christian Alliance supports the Heartbeat Bill to protect the unborn through legislation. We commend Rep. Lynch and those co-sponsors who are supporting this effort. We urge the General Assembly to pass the amendment during this General Assembly before the close of legislative business.
WWII Memorial Prayer Act Signed Into Law by The President
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2014 It's official – The President has signed The WWII Memorial Prayer Act (S1044) into law. Earlier this month, the bill passed The U.S. Senate in a unanimous consent measure just in time for the 70th anniversary observance of the D-Day Landings. Last week, The U.S. House of Representatives passed the measure overwhelmingly by a vote of 370-12, and yesterday, The President signed the bill into law. The Ohio Christian Alliance would like to commend the bill's sponsors, Senator Rob Portman (OH) and Senator Mary Landrieu (LA), and Congressman Bill Johnson of Ohio's 6th District, who was the House sponsor, for their support of this historic legislation that will add FDR's D-Day Landing prayer to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C.
On this, the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent S 1044 the WWII Memorial Prayer Act. The Ohio Christian Alliance would like to commend the bill's sponsors, Senator Rob Portman (OH) and Senator Mary Landrieu (LA), for their support of this historic legislation that will add FDR's D-Day Landing prayer to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. This prayer will serve as a lasting tribute to those veterans who served the cause of freedom in defending the world against tyranny and oppression.
Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long stated, "President Roosevelt's prayer articulated the great crusade that was underway to liberate millions suffering under tyranny. He honored the war effort and paid tribute to the fallen and those veterans who fought courageously in the conflict. It is only fitting that succeeding generations learn of this prayer that was offered at that most poignant moment in our nation's history."
Ohio's Ban on Human Cloning and Animal-Human Hybrid
Today, we applaud the reintroduction of Ohio’s Ban on Human Cloning and Animal-Human Hybrid, H.B. 308, introduced by State Representative Andy Thompson of Ohio’s 95th District, along with eleven House co-sponsors. OCA President Chris Long states, “For the past ten years, OCA along with other pro-life organizations, has been working with members of the Ohio Legislature to ban embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and in recent years, animal-human hybrid. Some medical laboratories have delved into the surreal world of intermixing animal and human DNA with no legal or moral boundaries. These experimental practices simply are outrageous! Animal-human hybrid research is currently being conducted in England, which many in the international medical community now consider to be a rogue medical state. This experimentation has also been conducted in U.S. laboratories, thus the need for legislative language to provide guardrails.”
Leading the testimony on this legislative ban will be Dr. David Prentice of the Family Research Council who states, “HB 308 provides common sense restrictions on human cloning and animal-human hybrid in Ohio. There are no valid medical or scientific gains that exist or will come from human cloning or hybrid techniques, rather these are abuses of science and should be prohibited. Our focus should be on lifesaving methods such as adult stem cells that put the patient first.”
Ohio Christian Alliance believes that no human life should begin and end as the subject of an experiment. We attest that a process that knowingly encourages human life to be created, manipulated for research, and ultimately destroyed is immoral and should be prohibited. And all who believe that human life, including nascent human life, is a unique and precious gift from our Creator have an obligation to support efforts to ban it. The bottom line is still that any ban short of a total prohibition on human cloning further devalues the sanctity of human life. Ohio Christian Alliance commends State Representative Andy Thompson and the co-sponsors of H.B. 308 for taking the leadership role in sponsoring this key legislation.
For more information contact Chris Long 330-887-1922
Founding of America Documents Bill Passes Ohio House and Senate in a Concurrence Vote and is Sent to Governor Kasich for His Signature
The Ohio Christian Alliance celebrates the passage of S.B. 165 in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate today. This legislation entitled “The Founding of America Documents Bill” will strengthen the language currently in the Ohio Revised Code pertaining to the American History and Government curriculum to include The Declaration of Independence, The Northwest Ordinance, The Constitution of the United States with emphasis on The Bill of Rights, The Ohio Constitution, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers.