Worst Kasich Scenario for Religious Liberty

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (photo credit: Michael Vadon via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

There are plenty of GOP presidential candidates competing hard for the social conservative vote. Governor John Kasich hasn’t been one of them. Since entering the race, the Buckeye leader has done his best to keep his distance from core values — until recently, when, like the rest of the country, he realized just how influential this half of the primary voting bloc is.

It was a wake-up call that coincided (not-so-coincidentally) with the November 3rd election, when voters pushed back on the Left’s radical idea of social change. The political backlash was so stunning that even the media wondered: “Have liberals lost the culture war?” Now, two weeks later, the candidates are trying to learn from the Matt Bevins of the party who turned their campaigns around just by emphasizing the issues the GOP Establishment ignored. In Kentucky, the man about to be sworn in as governor closed a double-digit gap simply by vowing to protect the religious liberty that his predecessor denied to clerks like Kim Davis.

Now, Governor Kasich is apparently trying to replicate that success by running to catch up with the social issues bandwagon. There’s just one problem: he’s spent the last several months selling the same principles out. That hasn’t deterred the Kasich team, which this week unveiled its plan for a special government agency whose sole purpose would be to promote Judeo-Christian values around the world. In particular, the governor explained, he wants to encourage a Christian-based belief system to four of the most volatile regions of the globe: Iran, China, Russia, and the rest of the Middle East. Continue Reading