With his second-place finish in the Republican primary, GOP presidential candidate John Kasich is being hailed as a “compassionate conservative” and a sensible alternative to the dangerous kookiness of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
But, as Mother Jones reports, Kasich’s views really aren’t all that different from his competition.
True, he was cheered for his thoughtful answer to a question about gay marriage during a Republican debate, but he’s still very much tied in with a religious community that built its ranks through opposing liberal views on gays and lesbians.
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In fact, he attends St. Augustine Anglican Church, in Westerville, Ohio, a church that parted ways with the Episcopal Church after it ordained Gene Robinson, a gay man, as a bishop.
His spiritual adviser? Father J. Kevin Maney, an outspoken critic of the LGBTQ community who complained on his blog about the “militant homosexualists” who are trying to quiet anybody who believes homosexuality is a sin. are trying to stifle dissent and silence those who believe homosexuality is a sin.
In a 2012 post, Maney defended a study by a University of Texas professor that suggested the children of same-sex couples are far more disturbed than the offspring of traditional couples (research that was, it goes without saying, later debunked):
This is really troubling and scary stuff. The militant homosexualists, as with any militants, are hellbent to stifle any dissenting opinion, even opinion based on legitimate research. These thought nazis will resort to anything and if they are successful, we will pay dearly for it. If you care at all about real education and pursuit of knowledge, if you care about your basic freedoms, especially of thought and conscience, you had better pay attention to stories like this and be prepared to stand up to these bullies before it is too late. This isn’t Chicken Little falsely claiming the sky is falling. This is the real deal and the very foundation of our nation is at stake.”
On top of homophobhic, Father J. Kevin Maney could be considered something of a drama queen.