John Kasich Claims He Doesn’t Read Bible to Figure Out What He Thinks

Koch-loving, anti-union, enthusiastic participant in the Republican War on Women, Ohio Governor John Kasich, who, back in April, was waiting for God to tell him whether he should run for president or not; who in December of last year launched “A new mentoring program funded with taxpayer dollars” that “required ALL Ohio school districts to become partners with a faith-based organization (church) and a corporation in order to have access to the public school money,” claimed yesterday on CNN that “I don’t read a Bible to figure out what I think.”

Before you laugh, it is probably true he does not read the Bible. Many Evangelicals seem to suffer from this trait of not reading the text they are trying to shove down all our throats. That doesn’t mean they don’t also use it to lend their petty bigotries an aura of sanctity.

We are told,

Instead, he said his push on issues like improving mental health care are driven more by his “heart for people,” he told CNN’s Dana Bash in an interview that aired Sunday on “State of the Union.”

“I care about them,” Kasich said. “I’m not saying other people don’t, but it touches me specially.”

That must be why he believes he has a mandate, in a country founded on the idea of freedom of religion, to force his religion down other peoples’ throats. Because he cares about them.

That’s the old story of conservative Christianity. And it was done with fire and sword, often enough. Frankly, we could do without that kind of care. What Kasich really cares about, like all his fellow Republican leaders, is finding new ways of making money for his rich friends by privatizing everything in site.

If he can do it in the name of his god, all the better.

In fact, as Right Wing Watch reported in June, Kasich kicked off his presidential bid at a Religious Right gathering Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Yet he told State of the Union‘s Dana Bash, “Conservatism is giving everybody a chance to be able to be successful. That’s the way (Ronald) Reagan was. I mean, that’s common sense.”

Right. That’s why Status of Women in the States, a project of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, gives Ohio nothing but Cs and Ds on their report card, including a “C-” on “Poverty and Opportunity” and a “D” on “Health & Well-Being.”

That’s why he opposes same sex marriage. That’s why he wants to regulate women’s reproductive rights (not because he cares about women’s health and safety). That’s why he cut taxes for his rich friends and raised them on the poor. That’s why he embraces voter suppression. Because, why ever would you need to vote?

You know. Unless you’re a Republican.

To illustrate just how much Kasich believes in everybody having a chance to succeed, ThinkProgress reported in 2011,

Delivering on his vision for a “new way,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) “is on pace to be the first governor since 1962 to have an entire Cabinet without any racial diversity.” Every one of his 22 full-time agency head appointments has been a white person. Only five are women…when the caucus [Ohio Legislative Black Caucus] offered him help in finding qualified minority applicants, Kasich told Turner, “I don’t need your people

That’s the measure of Kasich’s love for the masses. He says he only wants the best people, and of course, as we all know, in Republican-speak that means white folks, preferably male.

So no, “giving everybody a chance to be able to be successful” is not conservatism. Conservatism is tied to tradition. To the status quo. Conservatism does not and has never cared about giving everybody a chance – only maintaining the right of the rich to keep that opportunity to themselves.

You would think this guy, to listen to him yesterday, had never said “failure to incorporate a faith-based non-profit (Christian church) will eliminate a school district’s eligibility for the taxpayer funding.” This is what he told Dash:

I think (abortion) is an important issue, but I think there’s many other issues that are really critical. Early childhood. Infant mortality. The environment. Education. I think we focus too much on just one issue, and now that the issue of gay marriage is kind of off the table, we’re kind of down to one social issue.

That would be a completely unbiblical attack on Women’s Reproductive Rights.

And this is just another example of the vast gulf which exists between what Republicans say and what Republicans do. The two have very few places of intersection. We have had others who have tried to sound moderate – Chris Christie and Jeb Bush to name two – but like Kasich, they are wolves in sheep’s clothing (with all due apologies to wolves).

If you’re in doubt as to exactly where this pretend-moderate stands, just think about the fact that Jeb Bush and John Kasich are Pat Robertson’s presidential dream team.

That should tell you all you need to know.

Photo: CNN screen capture

10 Replies to “John Kasich Claims He Doesn’t Read Bible to Figure Out What He Thinks”

  1. Kadish is all about “rescuing” the white women folk from their “abusers”; the secular “other”…those evil “minorities”,that bunch of mental rapist who encourage women, all women, that they have rights as equals, as citizens, can have a voice and vote, can become educated in non-religious schools, run their own business and yes, have control over their own bodies! That’s the ticket!

    He, like like King Donald the Jerk, love women…and that’s why the white men have to be in charge…to protect “good” white women from the “other” who virtually kidnaps women and forces them into going to school, voting rights and, learn about their own bodies! That is a perfectly good reason why he doesn’t read the bible to know what he thinks! He’s a white man in ‘Merika who already knows all there is to know! Rescue the white women, put them in a bunker (wearing Laura Ashly, of course) and make sure they never get out again!

  2. I keep running into posters who think Kasich is just a wonderful guy and has helped Ohio. I suspect they are on his staff. This article told me some things I didn’t know. How did he get away with blackmailing schools? Public schools? This guy, because he looks so normal, and talks softly, is more dangerous than Trump. Beware, America. Christo-fascism is on the loose, and tightening the noose.

  3. …Teahadists ARE Fascists…being a pseudoChristian is practically required…{does that mean if you can accurately quote 5 Beatitudes or more you get kicked out???}
    Remember Hate and REAL Christianity do NOT mix…

  4. Kasich bullies and blackmails to get his way all the time. Unlike Christie, who blusters and screams when his plans go awry, Kasich gets pouty and quiet until he sees a chance to slide a knife into the backs of those who oppose him. Christian values at their best, and very biblical.

  5. Hey he’s the front runner in the nobody really knows me Republican candidate; lets face it the more one knows about any of the republican clown car riders the more they disqualify themselves and Kasich is no different. To know him is to not love him.

  6. If Kasich read his Bible he’d know he already has to power to not only help people who need mental health care, but to do away with Obama care, too. This is because the Bible says that Jesus said those who believe in him will be able to do all the things he allegedly did, which includes not only healing people and chasing demons out of mentally ill people, but raising them from the dead, plus so much more that they can get whatever they ask for in prayer (John 14:12-14).

    Why don’t reporters/journalists ask politicians who say they’re Christians why they don’t take advantage of John 14:12-14?

    The American founder and Deist Thomas Paine was correct when he wrote in The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition that we need a revolution in religion based on our innate God-given reason and Deism. This will rip the teeth from the religious right.

    Progress! Bob Johnson

  7. Why are no progressive journalists calling out these phony Christian conservatives? i see no evidence at all to support their claims to divine wisdom and forgiveness. How can anyone believe George W. Bush is a born again Christian? They are all just political opportunists and fear mongers!

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