Mike Johnson, the recently appointed House Speaker from Louisiana and popular Republican figure, emphasizes his Christian faith proudly, undeterred by critics across the media or the liberal spectrum. Johnson, who identifies as an Evangelical Christian, doesn’t shy away from stating that his core values are shaped by biblical teachings.
Despite biting remarks from media figures such as MSNBC host Jen Psaki, HBO host Bill Maher, and several others who’ve disparaged him for his strong faith, Johnson’s stance remains rock solid. The criticisms, he states, don’t ruffle his conviction or commitment to his faith.
(‘The coverage of people with a Judeo-Christian worldview hasn’t always been accommodating,’ states Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany, when addressing Johnson.
She cites an instance when Politico had a noteworthy historical expert discuss Johnson’s faith, labeling him ‘a Christian nationalist’ guided by a doctrine of ‘Christian supremacy’. McEnany also revealed that on her MSNBC segment, Psaki categorized Johnson as a ‘fundamentalist’.
After hearing these connotations, Johnson’s response was steadfast and unphased. ‘There’s no shortage of forces out there devoted to undermining leaders — especially effective political ones like myself. I can’t say I’m shocked by such attempts.
It’s part and parcel of the high-stakes political terrain. It doesn’t faze me one bit,’ Said Johnson.
Further, Johnson expressed his openness to critics getting a better understanding of him and his beliefs. ‘I’m not on a mission to declare Christianity as a state-sanctioned faith or anything. Such a notion is completely off,’ he clarified.
Johnson expounded upon his point by discussing the Christian duty to demonstrate peace and goodwill toward all.
Providing a deeper insight into his faith, Johnson expressed, ‘If one truly embraces the Bible’s commands and strives to live by them, becoming a hateful individual is simply impossible.
After all, the most profound command in the Bible instructs you to reciprocate the love you have for God by equally loving your neighbor,’ he held firm.
McEnany continued the conversation by citing other instances where media outlets have denigrated Johnson’s faith. An example she provided was from the Daily Beast who went so far as to label Johnson a ‘Christo-fascist’ ascribing him with a desire to thrust his religion on others comparing him to extremist religious groups.
Turning the tide of the conversation, McEnany brought up Bill Maher, an HBO host. She pointed out Maher’s distasteful comparison of Johnson to a mass homicide suspect from Maine who allegedly committed his heinous act because of auditory hallucinations. Visibly upset, Johnson categorically dismissed these comparisons as ‘abhorrent’.
‘The notion is completely ludicrous,’ he retorted, emphasizing on the supremacy of love and acceptance in his religion. ‘Drawing parallels between a belief system centered around love, and the ruthless approach of the Taliban who annihilate their adversaries, or with some unhinged individual orchestrating a mass killing, is beyond outrageous.
And I firmly believe that anyone who subscribes to a Judeo-Christian worldview should find this offensive.’
Undeterred by these attacks, Johnson displayed a leadership trait and said, ‘I can manage; I’ll bear the brunt. I fully comprehend that leadership invites critique and when you decide to enter the battlefield, that’s part of what you sign up for.’
While Johnson’s personal resilience is evident, he shared a deeper concern for the well-being of the American spirit. ‘What I find more troubling is that it’s not just an attack on me, but on millions of Americans and the foundational values that made this nation great. Our Judeo-Christian roots are embedded in this nation’s heritage,’ Johnson opined.
Earlier in the week, there were strong indications from Johnson about the likelihood that GOP-controlled committees might subpoena Hunter Biden, the first son, to testify as they dive deeper into his and his father’s potentially questionable foreign business connections.
During a conversation with Maria Bartiromo of Fox News, when broached about the possibility of subpoenaing Hunter Biden, Johnson said ‘I am certainly considering that. I believe that in critical times, extraordinary actions might be warranted, and perhaps this is one such action which is long overdue,’
‘We’re attempting to aggressively forge ahead on this matter,’ Johnson informed Bartiromo. ‘The American people deserve these answers. The prevailing doubts about all this, complemented by the evidence that we’ve obtained so far, seem to confirm the worst fears of many of us.’