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Please Consider writing Ohio Speaker Armond Budish who is restricting an Ohio teen's FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Petra H.
Castlelady
Westerville, OH
Post #: 1
I was outraged when I read the below story and have sent an email to Armond Budish. It only takes a minute and the more he hears from WEE THE PEOPLE maybe he'll reconsider his position. Make no mistake, this is about FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Whether you agree with this girl or not, she deserves to be honored for her award.


Pro-Life Teen Barred from Receiving Honor by Ohio House Speaker
ACLU urges speaker to reconsider



COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 9, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In what critics are calling an unprecedented act of bias, pro-abortion Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish (D-Beechwood) has denied Shelby County teen Elisabeth Trisler a routine legislative honor, evidently because he objects to Trisler's pro-life values. Budish is refusing to allow Trisler on the House floor to accept a legislative resolution, authored by Rep. John Adams (R-Sidney), which honors Trisler's accomplishment as the National Right to Life Oratory Contest winner.

Alongside local pro-life leaders, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio has criticized the move, indicating the refusal amounted to "teaching young people that the answer is to silence those who disagree with us."

Honorary resolutions such as the one given to Trisler are routinely presented at the start of Ohio House legislative sessions to constituents, including those who win athletic championships or academic contests. In this case, however, Trisler will receive the resolution in the mail, according to Ohio Right to Life.

"Surely Speaker Budish can put aside his partisanship for 10 minutes to honor the accomplishments of a talented and optimistic teenage girl," said Ohio Right to Life Executive Director Mike Gonidakis. "Perhaps his real message to Ohio's teens is that excelling in public speaking isn't worth being honored if their views are different than his."

State Rep. John Adams called the Speaker's denial "an outrage."

Trisler won the National Right to Life Oratory Contest held at the NRLC Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in June, 2009. During the second half of 2009, Rep. Adams's office worked to schedule the presentation of Trisler's proclamation on the House floor, as is typical of such awards. The presentation was scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

However, on January 29th, the House Clerk informed Rep. Adams's office the presentation would not take place because the Speaker "had a problem with the subject matter." The clerk advised the representative's staff to take the matter up with the Speaker. Speaker Budish supports abortion.

"The Ohio House chamber is a monument to the importance of oratory and persuasion on the great issues facing our state," said Gonidakis. "Silencing someone because you disagree is a terrible lesson to teach teens. The Speaker should reconsider his unfortunately petty decision."

ACLU of Ohio Executive Director Christine Link also criticized the move, which she says created a "troubling precedent."

"Instead of teaching young people that the answer is to silence those who disagree with us, legislators should be modeling how to address difficult issues thoughtfully and listen respectfully to others," said Link.

"Ohio has a diverse political and social landscape that includes a broad spectrum of views that may be controversial to some," she continued. "If we limit whose achievements may be honored, we are only contributing to the notion that these issues are divisive and cannot reasonably be discussed."

Keary McCarthy, the communications director at Speaker Budish's office, said that the Speaker's decision was consistent with precedent that such a presentation should not be used as a platform for a specific political agenda.

"The Speaker believes it's important to avoid having political interests on either side of the aisle abuse this brief opportunity for celebration and recognition," McCarthy told LifeSiteNews.com.

However, he said, "the Speaker will gladly reconsider the request of Representative Adams if appropriate discretion is used in a way that does not contradict the history of the House" for not using the reception as a forum for advocacy.


Contact information:

Armond Budish
Speaker of the House, Ohio House of Representatives
77 S. High St
14th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Phone: (614) 466-5441
Fax: (614) 719-0008
Email: district08@ohr.state.oh.us

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A former member
Post #: 89
Petra,

Thank you for this post. I will contact the Speaker's office about this at once. I'm curious whether Mr. Budish would have made the subject matter an issue if the young lady had won an oratory contest sponsored by NOW or Planned Parenthood. Perhaps I'll ask his staff.
Joan
user 8931974
Group Organizer
Columbus, OH
Post #: 96
PRESSURING THESE PEOPLE WORKS. KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS OPEN ON ANY ISSUE, PASS IT ALONG, AND NEVER BACK DOWN. LET THEM ALWAYS HEAR OUR VOICE.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carlo LoParo, (614) 204-2242
Wednesday, February 10, 2010


House Speaker Walks Back Ban of Pro-Life Teen

Columbus - Facing mounting criticism over his ill-considered decision to prohibit pro-life Shelby County teen Elisabeth Trisler from receiving a routine legislative honor, House Speaker Armond Budish (D-Beechwood) today did an about face. Trisler was scheduled to receive a resolution from her state representative, John Adams (R-Sidney), honoring her accomplishment as the National Right to Life Oratory Contest winner. However, Budish blocked the award presentation. He argued that honoring the teen was too controversial. Budish supports abortion.

In a news release Monday, Ohio Right to Life first brought attention to the issue. Executive Director Mike Gonidakis asked Budish to reconsider his decision. He was joined by several pro-life members of the General Assembly led by Rep. Adams. Yesterday, the American Civil Liberties Union also joined in urging Budish to revise his decision.

"Speaker Budish recently called me to convey his change of heart and I thanked him on behalf of the pro-life community," said Gonidakis. "Blocking speech because you don't like what someone is saying or what they stand for goes against the very fabric of who we are as Americans. And, while the speaker got there the hard way, at least he got there."

Trisler won the National Right to Life Oratory Contest held at the NRLC Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in June, 2009. During the second half of 2009, Rep. Adams's office worked to schedule the presentation of Trisler's proclamation on the House floor, as is typical of such awards. The presentation was originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

"Many thanks are deserved to the broader pro-life movement, including the American Family Association and the Family Research Council, for mobilizing on behalf of this issue," said Gonidakis. "When the pro-life community speaks with one loud voice, elected leaders quickly address our concerns."
Joan
user 8931974
Group Organizer
Columbus, OH
Post #: 97
And now look at what Speak of the House Budish will have to deal with...national exposure of his bad decision. Will these people ever "get it?"


Dear Friends,

Please tune in tonight and watch the O'Reilly Factor at 8:00 p.m. on Fox News. Bill O'Reilly will conduct an interview with Ohio Right to Life's own Elizabeth Trisler and her mother. The interview will focus on the recent controversy surrounding Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish's decision to restrict her from receiving a proclamation on the House floor.

Proclamations are typically awarded to Ohioans in honor of their outstanding achievements. Earlier in February Speaker Budish canceled Miss Trisler's presentation on the House floor due to the "politically sensitive," nature of the group sponsoring the contest.

Just yesterday, Speaker Budish announced that he would reverse his decision and allow Miss Trisler to be honored on the House floor. Ohio Right to Life welcomes this decision and is pleased that Elizabeth will receive due honor for her "enormous accomplishments."

For more on the O'Reilly Factor, visit http://www.foxnews.co...­. ;

A former member
Post #: 91
Just yesterday, Speaker Budish announced that he would reverse his decision and allow Miss Trisler to be honored on the House floor. Ohio Right to Life welcomes this decision and is pleased that Elizabeth will receive due honor for her "enormous accomplishments."

This is great newssmile. . . something I can cross off my to-do list before breakfast!
A former member
Post #: 2
Thanks so much Petra!!!!!!!!!
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