Article I of the Bill of Rights reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Our Constitution grants no authority to the federal or state governments either to grant or deny the religious expressions of the people in any place. Both the First and Tenth Amendments forbid such tyranny. We call upon all branches of the Ohio State government to uphold the religious liberties of the people regardless of the forum in which these liberties are exercised. The State must guard the 1st Amendment right of those in the pulpit to preach biblical truth in accordance with their convictions, including the right to preach against deviant lifestyles without fear of government retribution, notwithstanding the restriction of preaching sedition in violation of Article III, Section 3 – Treason, of the U.S. Constitution.
We assert that any form of taxation on churches and other religious organizations is a direct and dangerous step toward state control of the church. Such intrusion is prohibited by the Constitution and must be halted.
We assert the right of private organizations to determine their own membership, volunteers, and employment based on their oaths and creeds.