Wednesday, November 18, 2015

John Kasich and the U.S. Department of Religion

From an NBC News report: "As part of a broad national security plan to defeat ISIS, Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich proposed creating a new government agency to push Judeo-Christian values around the world.

The new agency, which he hasn't yet named, would promote a Jewish-and Christian-based belief system to four regions of the world: China, Iran, Russian, and the Middle East.

'We need to beam messages around the world' about the freedoms Americans enjoy, Kasich said in an interview with NBC News Tuesday...

what eye thynk:  I'm going to start with "This is so wrong in so many ways," because "Say what?!!?" seems journalistically lazy.

In the interest of smaller government, some Republicans are calling for the Department of Education to be eliminated. (Who wants an educated populace, right?) But creating a new Department of Religion is A-OK!  I know Republican-led states are hell-bent (yes, that word choice was purposeful) on shoving "Christian" laws down their citizens' throats; but they at least have the decency to couch it in language that attempts to cover up their real purpose. (Remember Tennessee's attempt to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee based on it's historical value?)

With his unbelievably egotistical proposal, Mr. Kasich has completely abandoned Republican artifice.  One has to wonder:  when Mr. Kasich is done creating his Department of Religion, what happens to the millions of Americans who do not identify as Christian or Jewish?   Special taxes?  Denial of government services?  Perhaps the requirement of a brightly colored symbol sewn over the left breast of their clothing?  

Will his new departmental secretary have final say over whether new and existing laws pass the godly sniff test?  This is such a great idea because, you know, becoming the American Ayatollah would be such a "Judeo-Christian" high. 

He wants to "beam messages around the world" about all the wonderful freedoms available in America brought about through Jewish/Christian values (totally ignoring that the separation of church and state means we are neither a Jewish nor a Christian nation).  Mr. Kasich listed "respect for women" as one of the wonderful things his new department would teach to the earth's people.  If by "respect" he means denying women the right to make their own health choices and allowing them to do a man's job for 73 percent of a man's pay, then I think the world's women can do without Mr. Kasich's dispatch.  And judging by his party's stance against LGBT rights, that segment of the world's population isn't going to be too happy with his message either.  

The world's peoples follow thousands of different belief systems; and the vast majority of those peoples are doing just fine.  That John Kasich thinks it would be a swell idea to force his personal belief system on the rest of the world demonstrates just how ill-equipped he is for world leadership.  Unless, he thinks, Daesh (also a purposeful word choice) has it right after all.

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