Commonwealth Policy Center

Last week, Kentucky’s constitutional officers were sworn into office. Gov. Andy Beshear kicked off the event and struck a conciliatory tone. He talked about elevating respect and civility. He also referenced the Golden Rule and the second great commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” It was interesting that the inauguration tapped into a spiritual tone. It began with a heartfelt prayer and ended in a worship song. Secretary of State Michael Adams explained why he had his hand on the Bible turned to Matthew 6 about “Seeking God’s kingdom first.” In fact, nearly every elected official invoked God and faith. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said people often wonder about compatibility of faith and public service.  He said “Not only are they compatible, but I believe faith is essential to understanding and evoking the best intentions from those who step forward to serve.”