From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


3/10/2005 12:15:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Ohio--Calls Needed to Prevent Pastors from Becoming Agents of the State

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

March 10, 2005

Ohio--Calls Needed to Prevent Pastors from Becoming Agents of the

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

We sent you an e-lert last month urging you to call the Ohio Senate to
block Senate Bill 17, which would make pastors mandatory reporters of
child abuse. Effective testimony was given at the hearing on this
bill which helped senators understand the problem.

Unfortunately, supporters of turning pastors into agents of the state
have not given up.

We need your calls once again to help these senators defeat this bill.


Please call the members of the Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee
and give them this message: "Please vote no on SB 17. It does nothing
to prevent priests from abusing children, and it turns pastors into
agents of the state."

Judiciary - Criminal Justice Committee

Jim Jordan, Chair

Patricia Clancy, Vice Chair

Marc Dann, Ranking Minority Member

Mark L. Mallory

Steve Austria

Kimberly A. Zurz

David Goodman

Timothy Grendell

J. Kirk Schuring


Homeschoolers have helped block Ohio's effort to turn pastors into
mandatory reporters of child abuse for over a year now. Senate Bill
100, the predecessor of Senate Bill 17, passed the Senate with only
one dissenting vote. When it arrived in the House, however,
courageous legislators insisted on real answers to the problem of
child abuse by priests, rather than a superficial answer which would
cause more harm than good. With almost 4,000 member families in Ohio,
HSLDA played a significant role in defeating Senate Bill 100.

With the new legislative season, however, Senate Bill 100 has been
reintroduced as Senate Bill 17 and is being pushed through the Senate
again. This time, we hope to amend the bill in the Senate, so that
real reforms can become law.

Your calls to the judiciary committee can make a real difference. With
enough public protest, this committee will have an incentive to amend
the harmful aspects of this bill. Each phone call that you or a
friend can make will have its greatest effect now, while the committee
is considering the bill.

Thank you in advance for your effort on this issue.


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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