House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana who was just elected, responded to criticisms from leftists and the media regarding his Christian beliefs.
Johnson, a professed Evangelical Christian who has openly expressed his belief in God and identified the Bible as his guiding worldview since assuming the role of speaker, addressed criticisms of his faith by MSNBC host Jen Psaki, HBO host Bill Maher, and other individuals. In response, Johnson asserted that he remains unaffected by these attacks.
Kayleigh McEnany, a Fox News host, told Johnson, “The media wasn’t always so friendly to someone with a Judeo-Christian worldview, and in your case, some of the things that had been said, Politico interviewed a historian about your worldview, and this historian said you’re a Christian nationalist; it comes from that of Christian supremacy.”
McEnany subsequently cited Psaki’s statement made during a segment on MSNBC, whereby Johnson was characterized as a Christian “fundamentalist.”
“What do you think when you hear that?” McEnany inquired.
“Look, there are entire industries that are built to take down public leaders—effective political leaders like me. I’m not surprised by that. I mean, it comes with the territory. It doesn’t bother me at all,” Johnson answered by expressing a lack of concern or disturbance on the matter.
“I just wish they would get to know me,” he added, before seeking to assuage the fears of some by saying, “I’m not trying to establish Christianity as the national religion or something. That’s not what this is about at all.”
Subsequently, Johnson proceeded to expound about the biblical injunction to demonstrate peace and love towards all individuals.
“If you truly believe in the Bible’s commands and seek to follow them, it’s impossible to be a hateful person because the greatest command in the Bible is that you love God with everything you have, and you love your neighbor as yourself,” he explained.
McEnany made mention of further instances in which Johnson’s faith was targeted by the media, including an article from the Daily Beast that labeled him as a “Christo-fascist” aiming to enforce his religious beliefs on others, drawing parallels to the Taliban and the “mullahs in Iran.”
She inquired of Johnson regarding the comparison made by HBO host Bill Maher, wherein Johnson was likened to the defendant involved in the Maine mass murder case, who is purported to have taken the lives of approximately 20 individuals due to hearing voices.
Johnson expressed his strong disapproval of the analogies, deeming them “disgusting.”
“That is absurd,” he began, continuing, “Of course, our religion is based on love and acceptance. So, to compare that worldview with the Taliban, who seek to destroy their enemies, or with some deranged shooter who murders people, is absolutely outrageous. And I believe that should offend everyone who adheres to and holds to a Judeo-Christian worldview.”
Johnson expressed his preparedness to confront such criticisms, stating, I’m OK; I’ll take the arrows. I understand it comes with leadership, and when you step into the fray, that’s what you take.”
Johnson expressed his concern on the widespread criticism faced by numerous Americans and the fundamental principles that have historically contributed to America’s greatness.
“But what really hurts me is that it really is a statement about everyone who believes in this, that the country was built upon—our Judeo-Christian foundation is the heritage of our country,” Johnson declared.
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Earlier this week, Johnson made a strong suggestion that committees under GOP control will issue subpoenas to summon the first son, Hunter Biden, in order to obtain his testimony. This action is being taken as part of ongoing investigations into the questionable overseas business activities of both Hunter Biden and his father.
During an interview conducted by Maria Bartiromo of Fox News, Johnson was questioned regarding the issuance of subpoenas to Hunter Biden.
“I’m looking at that. I think that desperate times call for desperate measures, and perhaps that is overdue,” he stressed.
“We’re trying to move forward on some of this very aggressively,” Johnson said to Bartiromo. “I think the American people are owed these answers. And I think our suspicions about all this, the evidence that we have gathered so far, as you know, is affirming what many of us feared may be the worst.”
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