Ohio Pastor Protection Act to be Heard in Committee February 21st
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 18, 2017 (Cincinnati, OH):
“We should begin by setting conscience free. When all men of all religions shall enjoy equal liberty, property, and an equal chance for honors and power we may expect that improvements will be made in the human character and the state of society.”
~Founding Father, John Adams, letter to Dr. Price, April 8, 1785
House Bill 36, The Ohio Pastor Protection Act (Rep. Nino Vitale-Urbana) is to protect Ohio pastors and churches from being forced to participate in activities not aligned with religious beliefs, and to protect church property.
The Ohio Pastor Protection Act is currently in the House Community & Family Advancement Committee, with proponent and opponent testimony scheduled for Tuesday, February 21st. If voted out of committee, the bill will be brought to the House floor for a full vote.
Opponents are openly targeting churches to force them to rent church facilities to groups that oppose deeply held religious convictions. A pastor could be sued for declining, and with rogue judges ruling against conscience rights nationwide, the prospect of loss of religious liberty is real.
HB 36 is necessary to protect pastors from being forced to permit their faith-based facilities to be used by groups and/or for activities that violate religious beliefs protected under the First Amendment. The bill confirms pastors’ Constitutional right to decide what activities may take place in their church facilities and on church property.
ACTION: Before 4:30 pm this Tues, Feb 21, leave a message for your State Representative urging passage of HB 36, the Ohio Pastor Protection Act.
Find your Rep at Ohiohouse.gov
Tell them which county you live in and ask them to pass the Ohio Pastor Protection Act to protect churches and church property. (You can call day or night and leave voicemail with your name, county and title if any.)
Calls are especially needed to these legislators who have NOT co-sponsored HB-36: Representatives Anielski, Arndt, Blessing, Carfagna, Cupp, Dever, DeVitis, Duffey, Edwards, Faber, Gavarone, Ginter, Gonzales, Green, Hambley, Steve Huffman, Hughes, Kick, Landis, Lanese, LaTourette, Lipps, Nathan Manning, McColley, Tom Patton, Pelanda, Reineke, Rezabek, Scott Ryan, Scherer, Schuring, Seitz, Slaby, Ryan Smith, Stein.