The founding fathers specifically designed our system of government to: a) protect the natural rights of the individual from a newly formed centralized government and b) protect the minority from the "tyranny of the majority." The First Amendment within the Bill of Rights explicitly protects freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition one's government for redress of grievances. Josiah believes that intellectual freedom is inherent within the First Amendment as there can be no freedom of speech or individual expression without intellectual freedom - free of both discrimination and persecution.
Ohio's general assemble should reaffirm the natural right of intellectual freedom. No government or person should have the authority to single out and discriminate against another solely on the basis of their individually formed thoughts and opinions.
** The Ohio Revised Code defines corporations, societies, associations, and natural persons as a "person" - ORC 1701 (G)
The US Constitution's authors "recognized the significance of man's spiritual nature, his feelings, and his intellect" and "sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions and their sensations." - Justice Brandeis