Reader Justin Scott, an Iowan who takes his politics seriously, has been going to meet-and-greets with a number of candidates to ask why atheists should consider supporting them.
He asked John Kasich about his faith, separation of church and state, and whether government employees like Kim Davis should be allowed to discriminate against others on the basis of religion. The event took place at the Czech Museum in Cedar Rapids.
Kasich gave an honest answer that probably represents the least frightening form of Republican religiosity we’ve seen this election cycle.
After saying he believed in a Higher Power, Kasich talked about how that impacted him when he lost his parents:
… What I can tell you is, in regard to my faith, I’m not gonna shove mine down your throat, but I’m gonna recommend you read N.T. Wright…
In life, there’s a window of opportunity. I happen to believe there is a Higher Power, and the reason I believe it is because, well, I kinda felt it as a kid, and then when my parents were killed in 1987 by a drunk driver, I think the Lord rescued me, but it only happened when somebody said “You’ve got a window of opportunity because of your pain. I would suggest you go through it and check it out because eternity lasts a long time.” And so, for me, 1987 was — 13 and 16, that’s 29 years ago — and I’ve been working at this every day.
And I’m not a believe because I need a rabbit’s foot or a lucky buckeye. I believe it because I’ve actually looked at the evidence…
Kasich added that he opposed faith-based discrimination before telling Justin to pick up a copy of C.S. Lewis‘ Mere Christianity.
Be sure to read about Justin’s other exchanges with Sen. Rick Santorum, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders. And not Rand Paul.