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Per John Kasich - the "Gospel of Judas" is Another Example of the "War on Christians"

Reported by Melanie - April 9, 2006

Last night (April 8, 2006) on Heartland, John Kasich hosted a segment about the 66-page, 1,700 year old document known as the "Gospel of Judas," which the National Geographic channel will explore tonight at 8:00 p.m. EDT in a documentary of the same name. Listening to Kasich's pontifications made me think I'd accidentally turned on the Christian Broadcast Network.

Kasich's guests were James Barrat, a producer of the National Geographic documentary, and Britt Minshall, author of Ring of Angels and of the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew, in what city or town, I don't know.

After Barrat gave a brief description of the document and its history, Kasich, yelling - which he does a lot of - turned to Minshall and said, "I'm not very skeptical, I'm completely skeptical. I don't believe it." Is this going to have "any major impact on Christianity?"

Minshall said, "I doubt it really John," but "what is has done is created a great deal of interest." Over time, we're "going to realize" that this is "really a Gnostic gospel, which was basically a heresy."

Kasich, still yelling, said that with the publication of books like The DaVinci Code and the release of an upcoming (unnamed) movie that will say that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, "It seems to me as though there is a consistent attack on some of the basic tenets of the Christian faith."

Minshall said he views the Gospel of Judas a bit like Jesus Christ Superstar - something to see - but not something that will have a lasting impact.

Barrat began to speak, hoping to correct some "inaccuracies," but Kasich wouldn't have it: "Let me tell you this, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were written because these were the oral histories that were reflected by those that were closest to Christ and, guess what, those were the teachings of the church." He continued his screaming rant: "If you believe Jesus's best friend was someone like Judas, you know it's not the case sir, so we'll look at the document and learn about the 2nd Century. That's where it's gotta end! This stuff is nonsense!"

Barrat got in the last word with: "What we're saying is it's time to share what happened in the 1st Century of Christianity with the world."

Comment: First of all, what is the anchor of a program touted as bring "news from the heartland" doing preaching Christianity? There was a time when a news anchor would have been reprimanded, or even fired, for doing that. Fast forward to today, when most of those pesky ethical standards are being ignored, and I wonder, if anchors on news programs are going to preach to us, why would Kasich feel so threatened by the document? Oh yeah, I remember now - he's a soldier in "The War on Christians"!

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