A group of Ohio pastors is asking Christians in their state to defend foundational American values and take action to defeat a so-called "fairness" act.
The Ohio Fairness Act (S.B. 11) would provide special protection of homosexual and transgender individuals in regards to employment, housing, and accommodations. It amends many sections of existing civil rights law by inserting numerous times throughout the terms "sexual orientation" and "gender identity or expression."
Opponents of the measure fear it would open the door to the passing of other legislation seen in various states, such as the allowance of transgender individuals using opposite-gender restrooms and the dismantling of Title IX through the allowance of biological males participating in female sports.
Pastor James Spencer of People's Baptist Church in Mansfield is one of more than 100 pastors in northern Ohio who signed a letter opposing the legislation.
"They're trying to attack those foundations in saying that America wasn't built on faith, family, freedom or morality. They're trying to promote revisionist history to make our Founders criminals when they were not – and we have to realize that faith, family, freedom and morality … are the things that are under attack," Spencer laments.
The Ohio pastor harkens to the call placed on Christian citizens, reminding Americans to warn against the trajectory of the nation. "We are the watchman on the wall, so to speak, saying, 'Hey, watch out? This is dangerous, dangerous legislation.'"
S.B. 11 is sponsored by State Senator Nickie J. Antonio, the first open homosexual to serve in the Ohio General Assembly. She served four terms in the Ohio House before being elected to the Ohio Senate in 2018. She took her oath of office in 2010 and 2018 by placing her hand on "The Woman's Bible," which is described as a commentary on the systematic oppression of women by the Church.