Ohio Guv John Kasich - above left - shoots his mouth off in a NH bookstore about Daniel Radcliffe being an atheist. Kasich obviously needs to pull his head out of his ass.
It looks to me like Ohio Gubernator John Kasich is suffering from a bit of Stockholm syndrome. Seems that all those punches along with the Reepo debate hostage taking by Trump have taken their toll on him mentally. In a recent bookstore appearance in downtown Exeter, NH - according to a report in The Washington Post- he appears to have finally lost all his marbles.
Kasich was evidently on a tour of beautiful downtown Exeter with Chris Sununu in tow (the son of former Sen. John Sununu) and he spotted a copy of one of the Harry Potter books. Immediately, Kasich's febrile and senile brain experienced a rare neuronal association and connected it to the "Harry Potter" movie actor Daniel Radcliffe. In the next instant a minor brain quake erupted and Kasich, after wiping some dribble from his chin, sputtered:
“You know that Daniel has declared himself an atheist? 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?”
Well, it appears not only is he a grade A asshole for that vapid blurtation, but also is unaware that atheists and "nones" (no religious affiliation) are the fastest growing group in the U.S. on the religious-non-religious spectrum. He also appears to have emanated a major brain fart with his failure to process that being an atheist has nada to do with success. Nothing. And on a per capita basis there are actually more successful atheists than Christians, like Kasich. This may well be because atheists operate according to reason and adhere to the rules of logic instead of shooting balderdash from the hip.
To reinforce the point further, the Post noted the growing list of "A-list" atheists including: Keira Knightley, Julianne Moore, Javier Bardem and Billy Joel, to name a few. Then there are the 7 out of 10 (estimated) physical scientists who have successfully published their research in peer-reviewed journals and even won Nobel Prizes (like physicist Steven Weinberg). As the Post author put it:
"Kasich might be doing a lot more head scratching or fist shaking at the TV"
In other words, this idiot is in denial at just how successful atheists are in multiple spheres, so there's certainly no reason for Daniel Radcliffe to hang his head. Rather, buttbrains like Kasich - who I once actually thought of as the only serious Reep candidate, fit the loser bill. I mean look how he got beaten by Trump, to a bloody pulp!
The Post also pointed out that Radcliffe has made no secret of his atheism, telling Esquire in a 2009 interview "I'm an atheist but I'm very relaxed about it. I don't preach my atheism:
In other words, it's very likely he's an implicit as opposed to explicit atheist. To refresh memories, the implicit atheist simply withholds belief in any kind of deity already on offer by the theist. (The explicit atheist, by contrast, rejects it outright.) The explicit atheist is also more likely to be aggressive based on his or her attitude.
As a result of Kasich's juvenile outburst American Atheists President David Silverman is calling on Kasich to apologize and meet with atheists in his home state so he doesn’t say something offensive like that again. The problem with that appeal is that it only works with reasonable, rational people. For a knuckle dragging ignoramus like Kasich it would be like getting an ape in a zoo to apologize for shooting his wad on passersby. Frankly, he wouldn't know what the hell you were talking about.
In a letter sent to Kasich’s office and posted online, Silverman declared:
To state what should be obvious: There is nothing “wrong” with Mr. Radcliffe nor with the tens of millions of atheists in this country.
Atheists are members of your community. We are your firefighters, your police officers, your teachers, your doctors, and your coworkers. I have no doubt that atheists serve on your staff and volunteered for your presidential campaign. If you think you’ve never met an atheist, you’re wrong.
I challenge you to sit down with a group of your atheist constituents. Talk to us about what we want from our government. Ask us why we’re atheists and what it means to us. You name the time and place and I’ll make it happen.
Again, very eloquent and it would be compelling if one was dealing with a rational or even semi-rational person, but Kasich is neither. (See the analogy given earlier). If anything, Kasich is such a class A asshole he'd just double down on his antagonism if the American Atheist prez pleads too much.
The bottom line is that dingbats like John Kasich don't give a rat's patootey whether atheists are part of their community, are successful or not. In their tiny, misshapen world the exercise of our rights can never receive an imprimatur because atheists are not considered as equals. Silverman could as well ask a pig or drunken ape to whistle "Dixie" and have more success.