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OCA E-News Index
Ohio Christian Alliance sends out occasional news alerts and updates via email.  Below is a listing of the latest emails sent.  If you would like to receive E-News from OCA and have not yet signed up, you may do so here.
 

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Update

Sat, Nov 17th, 2018 9:34:00 am

Ohio Statehouse Legislative Update

This week, the Ohio legislative lame duck session has commenced. Following the mid-term elections, House and Senate leadership stated that they would have a limited schedule to finish out the legislative calendar before the end of the 132nd General Assembly. The Ohio Christian Alliance legislative agenda has been to move pro-life, pro-family, religious liberty legislation, specifically the Heartbeat Bill, The Ohio Pastor Protection Act, and HCR 10, the resolution that supports the State of Israel and speaks out against anti-semitism growing on Ohio college campuses. 

Today, H.B. 258, Ohio's Heartbeat Bill, passed the Ohio House in a 60-35 vote. The measure will now move to the Ohio Senate for consideration. Time is short, as the legislative session ends by midnight on December 31st. 

HCR 10, the resolution that supports the State of Israel and speaks out against anti-semitism that has been growing on Ohio college campuses, passed the Ohio House last spring and has passed the Senate Transportation Committee. It is awaiting a Senate floor vote. Your calls are needed to your state senator, urging him/her to support HCR 10, the resolution that supports the State of Israel and speaks out against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against the State of Israel, our chief ally in the Middle East. 

Ohio Pastor Protection Act, H.B. 36, passed the Ohio House last June and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Senator Kevin Bacon.  Call his office and urge the Senator to start hearings next week.


OCA Statement on CNN Reporter Jim Acosta's Actions at the White House Press Briefing

Thu, Nov 8th, 2018 10:55:00 am

OCA Statement on CNN Reporter Jim Acosta's Actions at the White House Press Briefing

Jim Acosta lied about his actions today. This picture clearly demonstrates that he was grabbing the microphone and put his hand on the young intern, pushing her away. This action is wholly unacceptable for any member of the press corp that is invited to the White House to participate in a press briefing. His combative nature and lack of proper decorum repeatedly has demonstrated that, in our opinion, his credentials should be permanently stripped. CNN needs to find a new White House correspondent and issue an apology to the young intern and to the Administration.

Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long.


 Pastor who voiced radio ads in support of Issue 1 now is a definite NO vote on Issue 1 - Report

Sun, Oct 28th, 2018 12:06:00 pm

Pastor who voiced radio ads in support of Issue 1 now is a definite NO vote on Issue 1 - Report

Pastor Greg Delaney, who earlier this month was heard on radio ads in favor of State Ballot Issue 1 that was aired on hundreds of radio stations, a combination of talk, Christian, and sports stations, has now come out OPPOSED to State Ballot ISSUE 1.

OCA President Chris Long stood with Pastor Greg Delaney, who works with drug and alcohol and addiction treatment programs, and has been featured by the Health and Human Services Department in Washington, in a press conference in Columbus on Monday to oppose State Ballot Issue 1. Pastor Greg said the following:

"I am here today to urge you to do as I have done and vote "no" on State Issue One. I previously provided public support in favor of Issue 1. I had confidence that Issue One would generate much-needed funding so Ohioans could get access to treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. I wholeheartedly agree with the premise that Ohioans in need of treatment should get that support...

Yet after my support for Issue 1 became public, many long-time colleagues, other members of my faith community, friends from the mental health and recovery community began calling, writing, asking me to take a closer look at the measure. 

Out of respect, I did. After much prayer and conversation, I felt compelled to publicly change my position and put voice to my opposition to State Issue One." 

Here is the Ohio Christian Alliance press release from Monday:

(Columbus, OH) OCA President Chris Long today stood with faith leaders to oppose State Ballot Issue 1. Faith leaders have now joined the ranks of the Ohio Bar Association, the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Judicial Conference, State Sheriffs' Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Ohio State Coroners Association in their opposition to State Ballot Issue One.

Today’s press conference demonstrates that more Ohioans are turning against the proposed State Constitutional amendment.  Promoted as an effort for prison reform, in reality, the deceptive ballot measure would create conditions for more drug trafficking and opiate addiction, overdose, and death in Ohio communities. Ohio has already seen its share of grief and loss in its battle against drug addiction.  

The amendment as proposed would strip law enforcement of the ability to curb drug use and trafficking in local communities.  Judges would no longer have the ability to provide options to defendants in the courtroom of either incarcerated addiction recovery programs or paroled drug addiction recovery programs. The amendment as proposed is cloaked as an effort for prison reform but is, in reality, a proposed constitutional law that will make it nearly impossible for communities, law enforcement, and the judicial system to police and curb drug possession and drug trafficking on the streets of Ohio cities and communities.  

That is why the Ohio Christian Alliance is urging pastors, churches, and our fellow Ohioans to vote NO on State Ballot Issue 1.  Ohio is beginning to make some headway in our battle against drug overdoses and drug-related deaths. State Ballot Issue 1 would put a halt to the progress we have made and only make matters worse. That is why we are urging a NO Vote on Issue 1!

 

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The Ohio Christian Alliance Today Stands with Other Ohio Faith Leaders to Oppose State Ballot Issue 1

Mon, Oct 15th, 2018 12:23:00 pm

The Ohio Christian Alliance Today Stands with Other Ohio Faith Leaders to Oppose State Ballot Issue 1

 (Columbus, OH) OCA President Chris Long today stood with faith leaders to oppose State Ballot Issue 1. Faith leaders have now joined the ranks of the Ohio Bar Association, the Ohio Municipal League, the Ohio Judicial Conference, State Sherriffs’ Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Ohio State Coroners Association in their opposition to State Ballot Issue One.

 Today’s press conference demonstrates that more Ohioans are turning against the proposed State Constitutional amendment.  Promoted as an effort for prison reform, in reality, the deceptive ballot measure would create conditions for more drug trafficking and opiate addiction, overdose, and death in Ohio communities. Ohio has already seen its share of grief and loss in its battle against drug addiction. 

 The amendment as proposed would strip law enforcement of the ability to curb drug use and trafficking in local communities.  Judges would no longer have the ability to provide options to defendants in the courtroom of either incarcerated addiction recovery programs or paroled drug addiction recovery programs. The amendment as proposed is cloaked as an effort for prison reform but is, in reality, a proposed constitutional law that will make it nearly impossible for communities, law enforcement, and the judicial system to police and curb drug possession and drug trafficking on the streets of Ohio cities and communities.  

That is why the Ohio Christian Alliance is urging pastors, churches, and our fellow Ohioans to vote NO on State Ballot Issue 1.  Ohio is beginning to make some headway in our battle against drug overdoses and drug-related deaths. State Ballot Issue 1 would put a halt to the progress we have made and only make matters worse. That is why we are urging a NO Vote on Issue 1!

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Justice Kavanaugh Has Been Confirmed and Civility has Prevailed

Sat, Oct 6th, 2018 4:27:00 pm

Justice Kavanaugh Has Been Confirmed and Civility has Prevailed

October 6, 2018

Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long made the following statement today regarding the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court:

 “After a long and arduous confirmation process, the United States Senate today confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as the next associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Justice Kavanaugh brings a wealth of judicial experience and knowledge to the Court. Today, the U.S. Senate members who voted to confirm Justice Kavanaugh took a courageous and meaningful stance. They were not only voting for the next justice of the Supreme Court, but they were also casting a vote for the civil, constitutional confirmation process that the United States Senate Chamber is constitutionally bound to conduct.

We want to thank all our member supporters for their continuous prayer for the Kavanaugh family and for our U.S. Senators during this process.

In the face of incivility and at times a spirit of anarchy from those on the Left who opposed Justice Kavanaugh for the bench, a higher moral civil response prevailed. We would like to specifically thank Senator Rob Portman from Ohio who cast a vote in the affirmative for Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”


 If we cower and drawback, we will lose this fight. But, if we pray, we can seize the day. 

Tue, Sep 25th, 2018 10:04:00 am

 If we cower and drawback, we will lose this fight. But, if we pray, we can seize the day. 

As you are aware, much is at stake this week in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, as a high profile hearing will take place we are now told, on Thursday September 27th, on the confirmation hearing on Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The eleventh hour accusation in a letter that was presented to the media by California Senator Diane Feinstein has delayed the committee vote and Senate confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Republican Senators complain that they have not seen the unredacted letter that Senator Feinstein produced only after the hearings were concluded. She states that she was in possession of the letter for two months. Much has been made in the media of Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against Brett Kavenaugh. He has released a brief statement categorically denying the charge and states he was not at the location at which she says the incident took place 36 years ago. In a back and forth maneuvering through her attorney and Chairman Senator Grassley, Ms. Ford, we are told, will now testify before the committee. Other information has come forward from other news sources that you may have not heard of, as the mainstream media has not provided this information. Here is a statement that was made on the Ohio Christian Alliance Facebook page this weekend.


VOTE NO on ISSUE 1! Here's why

Fri, Sep 21st, 2018 10:13:00 am

     VOTE NO!
 Issue 1
PROTECT OHIO
Five Reasons Issue 1 Must Be Defeated
Issue 1 on the November ballot, funded by George Soros and Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, purports to be about getting treatment for drug users. But it’s much more than that.
It will also reduce even major drug possession offenses to the equivalent of traffic violations, it usurps the power and flexibility of Ohio’s judges and drug courts, it will levy huge costs on our counties with no funds to pay them, and it will endanger our families and children by flooding our streets with drugs – all at a time when opioid deaths in Ohio are exceeding the death toll from the Vietnam War. Issue 1 is a danger to Ohio.
 

Here is what Issue 1 really does, and why it must be defeated:
REASON
No. 1
Issue 1 makes possession of any amount of deadly drugs nothing more than a misdemeanor, and forbids jail sentencing for the first two offenses, no matter what quantities of drugs are involved.


 Three weeks left for a Voter Registration Sunday at Your Church!

Wed, Sep 19th, 2018 10:20:00 am

 Three weeks left for a Voter Registration Sunday at Your Church!



Conduct a successful Citizenship Sunday voter registration effort at your church. The Ohio Christian Alliance has provided helpful material. Click and print the Citizenship Sunday packet.

It includes a voter registration form, an application for absentee ballot, and a voter guide request form indicating how many voter guides you will need for your congregation.

You may have also received the material in the mail. The Ohio Christian Alliance is pleased to provide this information as a service to Ohio churches. Encourage your congregation to register and vote their values.

If you or your staff have questions you can CONTACT US HERE!    


A Tribute to Roger Beckett Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center- A True Patriot

Mon, Sep 17th, 2018 10:27:00 am

A Tribute to Roger Beckett Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center- A True Patriot


 

CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE BROADCAST!

This past week, the Ashbrook family lost their Executive Director, as Roger Beckett passed away unexpectedly from a sudden illness. On this broadcast, we pay tribute to Roger's love of the U.S. Constitution and our founding documents, as we replay an encore presentation of his interview during Constitution Week of 2016. 

Joining me on the program to pay tribute is State Senate President Larry Obhof. Senator Obhof was a close friend of Roger and his family, and he speaks of the ongoing mission of the Ashbrook Center. Please join us in praying for the Beckett family and the students of the Ashbrook Center. 


Join Us As We Celebrate Constitution Day!

Sun, Sep 16th, 2018 11:44:00 am


Join Us As We Celebrate Constitution Day!


Who hath believed our report?

Sat, Mar 31st, 2018 12:47:00 am

Who hath believed our report?


Standing With Israel - Pastors Observe First-Hand How God Has Blessed the Land on CUFI Tour

Thu, Mar 15th, 2018 12:22:00 pm

Standing With Israel - Pastors Observe First-Hand How God Has Blessed the Land of Israel on CUFI Tour!


News in Focus from Capitol Hill With Congressman Jim Jordan on the FISA Warrant Investigation

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2018 8:33:00 am

News in Focus from Capitol Hill With Congressman Jim Jordan on the FISA Warrant Investigation


Spring Freedom Banquet April 19 Featuring Chad Connelly

Sat, Feb 24th, 2018 9:54:00 pm

Spring Freedom Banquet April 19 Featuring Chad Connelly, Former Faith Outreach Director of the RNC


Tribute to Dr. Billy Graham from ministers across the nation

Thu, Feb 22nd, 2018 9:56:00 am

Tribute to Dr. Billy Graham from ministers across the nation


Oppose Removing Transparency from Ohio's State Education System

Tue, Feb 20th, 2018 10:44:00 pm

Oppose HB 512
Oppose Removing Transparency from Ohio's State Education System


OCA Weekly Report for Sunday February 18

Sun, Feb 18th, 2018 9:17:00 pm

OCA Weekly Report for Sunday, February 18


Spotlight On-Air Candidate Forum with U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Renacci and Matt Lynch,

Thu, Feb 15th, 2018 1:14:00 pm

Spotlight On-Air Candidate Forum with U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Renacci and Matt Lynch, Candidate for 11th District Court of Appeals


ECOT School Closure Crisis Update and action items.

Mon, Feb 12th, 2018 8:57:00 am

ECOT School Closure Crisis Update and action items.


Save the Date OCA Spring Freedom Banquet April 19

Tue, Feb 6th, 2018 10:16:00 pm

Save the Date OCA Spring Freedom Banquet April 19


 
 
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