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Northeast Ohio Democrat joins GOP in backing religious liberties bill
Nativity scenes and other protections would be guaranteed

Jo Ingles
In The Region:

State lawmakers are considering a bill sponsors say would protect the religious freedoms of Ohioans, including allowing nativity scenes on public property.

Democratic State Rep. Bill Patmon says many of the protections are already the place, but this bill would ensure that doesn’t change.

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“For instance, is it really in the government’s interest to say Jesus in a manger is offensive and should be taken down? I would suggest not and under the standard of strict scrutiny, someone would have to prove that it is in the government’s best interest to do that,” Patmon said.

Patmon says the bill likely would not affect questions raised through the federal Affordable Care Act because that is a national health care program.

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God bless you, Bill. I pray that He does and that He gives you and your family a joyful Christmas and guides you as you continue to serve in our government. Nancy (R.-IN.)

Posted by: Nancy Shaffer (Warsaw, IN 46580) on December 7, 2013 6:12AM
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