I was a bit taken aback by the recent attack ad mailed by the Jay Edwards campaign and OHRC. Their attempt to portray Sarah as Godless is an affront to anyone who knows and understands the Constitution and to those of us who know Sarah. Sarah answered a question about requiring children to say the Pledge of Allegiance in its current form by answering that she believes in the separation of church and state. Her answer was right on target and based on the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.
Freedom of religion is a cornerstone of our great nation. As a retired pastor I know and understand how both our country and church benefit from the guarantee of freedoms included in the Bill of Rights. Freedom of religion allows people to choose for themselves how to worship and the form their worship takes. It is not up to me or to the government to require others to worship as I do.
I should not have been surprised by this attack. I have observed that often when a candidate has no new ideas and even less experience, they resort to attacking their opponent. I believe that this is what is happening now in this attack ad from the OHRC and the Edwards campaign. If there is any godlessness on display, it is on their part.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I have known Sarah for about 20 years. She is my daughter-in-law. I am a former Marine, a gun owner and a retired United Methodist Pastor. I served in southeast Ohio for 22 years. I know Sarah Grace to be an honest, caring person who loves southeastern Ohio and the people here as much as I do.)
Rev. Roger L. Grace
Grove City, Ohio