It appears Scott Walker has evolved, or is that the wrong word? “Evolved” shares a root with “evolve” and “evolution” and we know that he chose to “punt” on answering any questions about that Darwin theory stuff. So let us say he has “advanced” in his understanding of freedom of religion.
He was asked by Charlie Sykes program about the huge landslide of disapproval to the passage of the Freedom of Religion law in Indiana.
Walker, who is ramping up a run for the presidency, dismissed the controversy Wednesday night as part of “Insight 2015,” a live taping of Charlie Sykes’ WTMJ-AM (620) program.
“I just think this is people who are chronically looking for ways to be upset about things instead of really looking at what it is,” Walker said.
Blaming the national media for creating “hype and hysteria” over the Indiana law, Walker noted Wisconsin’s constitution has long included a provision for religious freedom. Indiana’s law is similar to a federal statute and ones approved by other states, Walker said.
“I believe protecting religious freedom is inherent in our state constitution,” Walker said. “Heck, it’s inherent in our U.S. Constitution. And in Wisconsin we’ve done it and we’re stronger for it.”Walker: There is an overreaction to Indiana’s religious freedom law
Walker is, and always has been, the politician of “hype and hysteria” – forever and always looking for a “bomb” that will put his name in the center of wreckage he’s created. Not my word, but Walker’s. “Dropping a bomb” was his word choice to define his first attack on Wisconsin in 2011.
“This is our moment, this is our time to change the course of history,” Walker says, talking about his fight with the unions in a phone call that was secretly taped by a Buffalo man posing as billionaire oilman David Koch.
“…the Monday right after the 6th. (Feb 7,2011) Came home from the Super Bowl where the Packers won, and that Monday night I had all of my cabinet over to the residence for dinner. Talked about what we were gonna do, how we were gonna do it. We’d already kinda built plans up, but it was kind of the last hurrah before we dropped the bomb.”We Are Wisconsin
Birth of the Walker bomb and blast politics
So where might we find the seed of Walker’s “Drop the bomb” and “Divide and Conquer” approach to politics? When did he learn how the updraft of a political storm could lift him to new heights in the eyes of his base? On September 28, 2001, just 17 days after the World Trade Towers fell, Assemblyman Walker signed on to a joint resolution
Resolved, That the Wisconsin State Legislature salutes the unity and
14patriotism of the American people, who hold diverse religious beliefs and represent
15diverse ethnic heritages;
But that was not getting Walker anywhere politically. He needed a bomb, and just a six weeks later, he found it. A real, honest-to-god-(or-whatever) Witch Trial!
Six weeks later, one of the resolution’s co-authors — then Wisconsin Assemblyman Scott Walker (R) — posted an alliterative press release, titled “Walker Questions Need for Wiccan Witch of Waupun.” He was chairman of the Wisconsin Assembly’s Committee on Corrections and the Courts and was upset that the Rev. Jamyi Witch had been hired as a full-time chaplain at the maximum-security Waupun Correctional Institution. His reason for wanting her gone?: her Wiccan faith.
The master of “hype and hysteria”, the bomb dropper, the Maestro of “Divide and Conquer” was about to announce a bold reform. Not the “”I believe protecting religious freedom is inherent in our state constitution,” heck no. He had himself a Witch.
Walker says ‘heck with that!’
“Witch’s hiring raises both personal and political concerns,” Walker explained, adding, “Not only does she practice a different religion than most of the inmates, she practices a religion that actually offends people of many other faiths, including Christians, Muslims and Jews.”
He went on to suggest the unconstitutional idea regarding the employment of Chaplins within the prison system – they should be based on the faith of inmates being served. Heck ya.
The legislation never passed. Probably because he was not being funded by the Koch Bros. at the time. But he may have learned his first lesson in bomb dropping. He had made a splash in the press on an issue that appealed to his base. The next witch would be public unions.
Nothing new here. Another “advanced” position by Candidate Walker.
Rev. Jamyi Witch offers her reaction to Candidate Walker:
Witch urges voters to “beware.” “If we get a man in the White House who is okay with actively seeking to have people removed from their positions because they are not of a faith he approves of… we’ve been down that road before.” Think Progress
She is referring to an effort championed by Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) to strip tax-exempt status from Wiccan religious groups and treat them differently from all other religious faiths.