Provost Olasky on Huckabee Show
Dr. Marvin Olasky, provost of The King’s College, appeared on the Oct. 10 edition of Huckabee
NEW YORK – Dr. Marvin Olasky, provost of The King’s College, appeared on the Oct. 10 edition of Huckabee to discuss the issue of poverty and his conversion to Christianity.
Huckabee, hosted by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, is the number one rated weekend show on the Fox News Channel. It airs on weekends at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Huckabee asked Olasky how he went from being a radical, card-carrying Communist in the 1960s and early 1970s to becoming a Christian.
“I was a communist in 1973 and I started studying Russian to speak with my Soviet big brothers,” Olasky explained. “One night I wanted to study something in Russian just for reading practice and I had a copy of the New Testament in Russian. Reading very slowly, by the time I got to chapter five of Matthew I thought, this is something spectacular. It’s not from man. It must be from God. There must be a God.”
Huckabee also asked Olasky about his concept of compassionate conservatism including its origin, the George W. Bush administration’s involvement, and the current state of the idea. Olasky developed the concept of “compassionate conservatism” and served as an advisor to Bush
“The concept of compassionate conservatism is that the people in their neighborhoods know best what their neighborhoods need,” Olasky said. “If you had $500 that you could decide how to spend to fight poverty in some way, rather than sending it to Washington, would you know of a group in your own neighborhood that could use the money more effectively than Washington could? So, why do we keep sending the money to Washington in the hope that a little bit of it will trickle back in?”
Olasky said he was disappointed that “compassionate conservatism” got blamed for the creation of big government programs. “[Compassionate conservatism] did not fail,” Olasky said. “It was never tried.” Olasky also explained where the concept fits in with his current work at the King’s College. “We teach kids how to fight poverty effectively in a way that really works -- not just talk about it but actually go out and do it,” Olasky said.
The King’s College is a private Christian college located in midtown Manhattan that educates students in true ideas so they can effectively engage culture.
The interview can be viewed at You Tube.
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