Published On: Tue, Sep 8th, 2015

John Kasich says Kim Davis stance misrepresents Christianity

The Kim Davis arrest and jail time for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has ignited public discourse and GOP Presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz both claim they worry that this was an attempt to purge Christians from holding government positions. Ohio Governor and fellow 2016 GOP candidate says that Davis’ opinion “turns people off to the idea of faith in God” and misrepresents “what it means to be a Christian.”

Former Bill Clinton aide and host of ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked Kasich if he agrees with Huckabee that Davis had a right to exercise religious liberty in her office as a government employee.

“No, I don’t agree with him,” he said. “I believe in traditional marriage, but the court has ruled. I wouldn’t force this on a church,” he volunteered, adding that sending Davis to prison is “absurd.”

He never explains how he’d protect the church yet for Davis to comply, saying that since Davis is a government employee, “I think she has to comply … I think she should follow the law.”

“But George, there’s one other big issue here,” Kasich, who was raised Catholic but attends an Anglican church, offered.

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“We have a lot of young people who sit on the fence on an issue like this, and they also think about their, you know, their faith in God,” he said. “And for me, I think we need to talk a lot about the ‘dos'” of Christianity—”about humility, about helping our neighbor, about the need to live a life bigger than ourselves. And when we see these kinds of battles going on, I get a little bit afraid that it turns people off to the idea of faith in God, what it means to be a Christian.”

While some polls show that young people avoid attending churches that differ with them on social views, it has been precisely those churches that have changed their moral teachings, especially on gay “marriage”— that have had the steepest decline in membership. Even before the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision in June, several mainline Protestant denominations had voted to soften their stance on same-sex “marriage” – the United Church of Christ (UCC) redefined marriage in 2005. It lost more than one-fifth of its members in the next seven years.

The Episcopal Church has been at the forefront of recasting Biblical morality in the image of man. In 2002, its membership stood at 2.32 million. Ten years later, it was down nearly half-a-million.

No less than 100,000 members left the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) the year after it allowed non-celibate homosexuals to enter the ministry.

Hundreds of congregations have bailed from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), which has similarly modified its doctrine on (“committed”) homosexuals serving in the ministry.

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