In a recent interview, newly elected House Speaker Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) addressed the criticisms and attacks on his Christian faith by liberals and the media. Despite the relentless scrutiny from liberals like MSNBC host Jen Psaki and HBO host Bill Maher, Johnson remains steadfast in his beliefs and values.
During a conversation with Fox News’ Kayleigh McEnany, Johnson responded to accusations of being a Christian nationalist and a Christian “fundamentalist.” He calmly acknowledged the challenges that come with being a public leader, stating, “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 emphasized that his faith is not about establishing Christianity as the national religion but rather about adhering to the teachings of the Bible, which stresses the importance of showing love and peace to all people. He highlighted the Bible’s command to love God and one’s neighbor as oneself, making it clear that love and acceptance are central to his worldview.
McEnany also raised other media attacks on Johnson’s faith, including comparisons to extremist groups like the Taliban and derogatory comments made by Bill Maher. Johnson vehemently rejected these comparisons as “disgusting” and “absurd.” He stressed that the Judeo-Christian worldview is rooted in love and acceptance, making it incomparable to the actions of those who seek to harm others.
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In his words, “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 think that everyone who follows and believes in a Judeo-Christian worldview should be just terribly offended by that.”
Despite the challenges and criticisms he faces, Johnson remains resolute, 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.” However, he expressed his concern that these attacks not only target him but also undermine the principles that have shaped America and its Judeo-Christian foundation.
Johnson has been facing attacks from the left, including what is seen as “Christian shaming,” since he was elected as the new House Speaker a week ago. He is known as a Trump supporter as well as an Evangelical Christian, a factor that fuels Republicans’ hope that he is the right person for the position.