Is this really the image of Kentucky we want New York Times readers to have?
On Saturday, the paper did a lengthy story about Tom Riner’s efforts to incorporate his religious beliefs into everything he does in state politics.
Tom Riner looks for God everywhere, and in places he does not find him, he tries to put him there.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Riner’s singular devotion has been to inject God into the public arena. It has guided him as he preached the Bible in the countryside of Nicaragua and Jamaica. And it steers him as he proselytizes the formerly homeless and drug-addicted people who live with him at his ramshackle church in one of the poorest sections of this city.
But this unrelenting mission has also frequently taken Mr. Riner and the Kentucky legislature, where he has been a Democratic representative for 26 years, across the constitutional barrier between church and state.
Not surprisingly, his efforts have cost the Commonwealth of Kentucky a ton of money in legal fees over goofy issues. Issues like requiring state law to acknowledge God’s role in protecting us.
Next up, Riner will turn his family of eleventy billion children into an army that will eat every small child in his gerrymandered House district. Then his wife will rig another legislative district election, in a van, with a bunch of white people who probably aren’t even from her district.