House Speaker Mike Johnson (R) responded on Tuesday to liberal critics who have personally attacked him for being an unapologetic Christian.
What is the background?
After winning the speakership last week, Johnson told Fox News host Sean Hannity that his Christian faith is central to his personal identity.
I am a Bible-believing Christian. Someone asked me today in the media, they said, “It’s curious, people are curious. What does Mike Johnson think about any issue under the sun?” I said, “Well, go pick up a Bible off your shelf and read it — that’s my worldview.” That’s what I believe, and so I make no apologies for it.
The comments set off a flurry of disgusting attacks against Johnson and his faith.
Bill Maher, for example, compared him to the mass killer who murdered 18 people in Lewiston, Maine, last month. MSNBC host Jen Psaki labeled Johnson a “religious fundamentalist” and mocked his faith, while the Daily Beast compared Johnson to the “Taliban and the mullahs in Iran,” claiming Johnson wants to “institutionalize” his Christian faith.
How did Johnson respond?
Speaking with Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany, Johnson condemned the personal attacks on his faith as “disgusting” and absurd.”
“Our religion is based on love and acceptance,” Johnson pointed out. “So to compare that worldview with the Taliban, who seek to destroy their enemies, or with, you know, some deranged shooter who murders people is absolutely outrageous.
“And I think everyone who follows and believes in a Judeo-Christian worldview should be just terribly offended by that,” he said.
Johnson acknowledged that character attacks come with his job and said he’s willing to “take the arrows.”
“But what really hurts me,” he continued, “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.”
Importantly, Johnson also dispelled the accusation that he wants to institutionalize Christianity or establish it as the national religion.
“I just wish they would get to know me. I’m not trying to establish Christianity as the national religion or something,” he said.
“If you truly believe in the Bible’s commands and you seek to follow those, it is 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.”
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