Governor Kasich had quite the captive audience when he was invited to speak at the ECOT Graduation ceremony on June 11. We reported about the event when it occurred, and we all know everything is better with video, so when ECOT posted video of the ceremony online, we couldn’t wait to see it for ourselves. And, of course, share it with you. The Wall Street Governor listened to himself for nearly 20 minutes, but we have edited out the first 13 minutes where he focused solely on a personal story and jumped right to his big finish, the part of a graduation speech where advice is doled out.
Remember, this is a GRADUATION ceremony, not an event that advertised Kasich as a draw. These charter school (i.e., public school) students and their families worked hard to achieve this significant point in their lives. According the ECOT press release:
More than 2000 students from all over Ohio were eligible to participate in the ceremonies, making it the largest graduating class of any school in the United States.
ECOT graduates more students than any school in the United States and more than the any of the entire districts of Toledo, Youngstown, Dayton, Akron, and Canton.
ECOT graduations are highly unusual. Because students work with their teachers online from their homes, graduation will mark the first time many students will meet their classmates and their teachers.
Okay, here’s the clip. Are you sitting down?
The most important quote in this entire video is around 45 seconds in where Kasich establishes his use of the word “creator” that he uses throughout his evangelizing.
“John, where are you on your eternal destiny? Do you have a relationship with the Creator? With the Lord?”
Kasich’s advice to the reported 2,000+ students and their family members was a Christian message encouraging these public school graduates to find the personal gift bestowed upon them by the Creator (Lord) and to use that to fulfill their purpose for existence, which is to help heal this world.
And in case you were confused, Kasich declared:
I don’t wear a collar and I’m not a preacher. I’m just a public servant right now. But you know what, more important than being a public servant, I’m a servant of the Lord.
I’m not even sure I have the words to appropriately describe this mess, nor can I understand why this clip wasn’t played on MSNBC’s Morning Joe during Kasich’s appearance. In 2000, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on a case about public prayer in Santa Fe. The Court held that the policy allowing the student led prayer at the football games was unconstitutional. In the ruling, the Court stated “The Constitution demands that schools not force on students the difficult choice between attending these games [extracurricular events] and avoiding personally offensive religious rituals.”
Can someone please explain to me how the Governor of Ohio, a clearly defined authority figure, spent six entire minutes in full revival mode in front of a captive audience at the graduation ceremony of one of the largest public schools in Ohio and AND NO ONE MENTIONS IT?
Do you think anyone would notice if this video was played on the opening day this year at every public high school in Ohio? I know some editors who would castigate schools and teachers without blinking.
Let’s give them something to write about.