Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

John Kasich's Bad Idea

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

John Kasich's Bad Idea

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Conservatives are supposed to be against big government and opposed to the left's belief that problems can and should be solved by Washington.

Which is why Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich's proposal to create a new government agency to promote "Judeo-Christian values" is a really bad idea.

Put aside for a moment that the federal government does few things well, or within budget, and consider also how preposterous and unworkable such an idea would be.

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington last week, Kasich, who grew up Catholic and remains a man of Christian faith, said he thinks the United States needs such an agency to help the country be "more forceful in the battle of ideas." He added, "U.S. public diplomacy and international broadcasting have lost their focus on the case for Western values and ideals and effectively countering your opponents' propaganda and disinformation."

Here is a short list of the many problems with such a proposal.

- Who would represent the "Judeos" and the "Christians?" Would it be an Orthodox or reformed Jew? Would a Jewish mystic from the Kabbalah sect be included? There are numerous Christian denominations and sects, so how would Kasich select one as representative of Christianity? Would those left out protest? Would there be lawsuits, not only from excluded religious groups, but from the ACLU? Church-state separation, you know.

- What "values" would be promoted? Certainly not, one would hope, cultural values, as displayed in many Hollywood films and on television. Are the "traditional values" Kasich supports even practiced by a majority of Americans in an age when we seem to tolerate everything (except traditional values) and when the Kardashians take up far too much brain space? Who would be the ultimate decider on which "values" to promote? …

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