Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ohio Gubernatorial Candidates Take Different Approaches To Public Religious Expression

Yesterday's Columbus Dispatch explores the difference in the public expression of religion by Ohio's two gubernatorial candidates:
Gov. John Kasich doesn’t hide his religious convictions, talking about them frequently in speeches and at other public gatherings.
Ed FitzGerald holds religious values but rarely talks about them.
Although they espouse many of the same principles, the contrast in how Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates apply their Christianity to their public life and policies is stark.
While Democrat FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, favors abortion rights and supports same-sex marriage as public policy, the lifelong Catholic won’t say how he feels about those issues personally....
Kasich, a Republican who was raised Catholic but became a Protestant after his parents were killed by a drunken driver in 1987, cites God regularly in public, such as in justifying the building of a Holocaust Memorial on the Statehouse grounds, expanding Medicaid to more than a quarter-million Ohioans, in graduation speeches, in his State of the State addresses and even during an event launching a campaign to prevent the elderly from falling....