John Kasich’s Anti-Atheist Comments Prompt Invitation from Local Atheist Group

John Kasich’s Anti-Atheist Comments Prompt Invitation from Local Atheist Group September 9, 2016

In a recent trip to New Hampshire in support of a fellow Republican candidate there, Governor John Kasich (OH) made a strange comment about atheism in a bookstore, referring to actor Daniel Radcliffe.

You know that Daniel Radcliffe has declared himself an atheist?” Kasich said to no one in particular. “I’m serious. What a weird thing. Why would a guy who has had all that success just, I mean, what the hell is wrong with him?

In response, the Tri-State Freethinkers, the same group who organized and carried out the successful protest of the Ark Encounter earlier this year, have issued an open letter to John Kasich this morning.  In it, TSF invites Kasich to a meeting or service project so he can become more familiar with his nonreligious constituents and see exactly “what the hell is wrong with” them. — Nothing.

On a personal note, in my experience as a secular activist who has been in contact with numerous local atheist organizations around the country, the Tri-State Freethinkers are one of the best.  Not only do they get together socially like most other local groups, but they display a commitment to their community with frequent service projects and very effective secular activism.  When invited to speak at the Ark Encounter Protest/Rally, I was blown away by how focused, determined, and well-run this organization is.

It’s quite doubtful that John Kasich will take TSF up on their offer, but I wish he would.  It would be great to see a staunchly religious Republican have a change of heart after actually spending time with people who do more good for their community and country than most who share his faith.


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  • Ash

    I live in Ohio and I reached out to both Kasich’s campaign email available as well as the governor’s office email for Ohio. I’ve yet to receive a response from either and rather doubt that I will get one. A written letter mailed to the Governor’s office is next. As an Ohio Citizen and an atheist, I feel that Kasich’s comments are incredibly disrespectful towards the atheists living in Ohio.

    • guerillasurgeon

      And if he felt he could get more votes by condemning Christians than by condemning atheists he probably would – being a politician and all. But that’s not the case so he doesn’t give a shit about your letters or emails. You could tattoo it on your arse and moon him and he still wouldn’t care.

  • The_Wretched

    I was on another social media site and someone posted about feeling broken, just like everyone else. I replied that I’m doing well and don’t feel broken. To which they responded, “gross!”.

    I checked their profile and it was very christian. This conflation of success with divine favor and that we are broken “only to be saved or suceed through god’s will” is a pernicious thought. Some of the christians are being taught to believe and act like they have mental health issues that they wouldn’t otherwise have.

    • Aegis

      It comes to something when someone can genuinely express disgust at the fact that you feel like there’s nothing wrong with you.

  • Dom S

    Why even bother inviting him? I wouldn’t even want to see him on my campus, let alone being among members of a group he has no problem demonizing. What a waste of time.

  • Dan Davis

    Surprised he did not equate atheism to homosexuality, bestiality. and all other alities..Remember Jesus loves the little children unless his Father/ Ghost/ forgot to give them a gender identity…but we love that since we have more to ridicule and condemn to the fiery furnace

  • Wuulf

    I find it difficult to understand why people who believe made up stuff feel superior to people who don’t believe made up stuff.

    • Aegis

      Part of the made up stuff is ‘only people who believe the made up stuff are truly good people’.

  • Brad Estes

    Need any further proof that denigrating and insulting atheists is politically correct?

    As it’s been pointed out, insert the word Jew, Muslim or Christian instead of “atheist’ in Kasich’s comments and the public outrage would have been deafening. Political suicide.

    Unfortunately we still have a long way to go.

    • Had3

      Not Muslim. To wit: Donald Trump.