Recently, New House Speaker Mike Johnson spoke openly about his faith on the House floor appealing to God and the Holy Bible. While his comments have drawn praise from conservatives, they have sparked criticism from woke leftists.
While speaking to Congress following his election as Speaker, Johnson called upon his belief in God and Christian scripture. He conceded that the ultimate authority belonged to God while claiming the creator of the universe had a purpose for everyone present.
“I don’t believe there are any coincidences in a matter like this. I believe that Scripture and the Bible is very clear that God is the one that raises up those in authority. He raised up each of you, all of us. And I believe God has ordained and allowed each one of us to be brought here for this specific moment and this time. This is my belief,” Johnson said. “I believe that each one of us has a huge responsibility today to use the gifts that God has given us to serve the extraordinary people of this great country and they deserve it,” he added.
Johnson’s demonstration of Christian faith has obviously resonated with many conservatives. For example, conservative digital strategist Greg Price wrote on X (formerly Twitter), “You don’t see too many politicians these days that talk about faith like this.” Various other conservatives in the Christian community praised Johnson for his bravery in standing before the House and bearing witness to Christ.
Speaker Johnson: "I believe that scripture and the Bible is very clear that God is the one that raised up each of you and God has allowed us to be brought here to this specific moment in time."
You don't see too many politicians these days that talk about faith like this. pic.twitter.com/97MTrCMAeJ
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 25, 2023
However, not everyone was pleased with the new House speaker’s comments, where, predictably, the woke left criticized Johnson for his display of faith. For example, American journalist and author David Cay Johnston wrote on X, “members praying on the House floor offends both our Constitution and the New Testament, which denounces public displays of devotion. The blasphemy of the new Speaker, who says God ordained him, is just as disgusting.” Johnston’s post featured an image of House Republicans kneeling before God in prayer.
.@HouseGOP members praying on the House floor offends both our Constitution and the New Testament, which denounces public displays of devotion.
The blasphemy of the new Speaker, who says God ordained him, is just as disgusting. pic.twitter.com/3JETJujFUM
— David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ) October 26, 2023
One conservative social media user responded to Johnston, stating, “Imagine being triggered by people praying. Talk about pathetic. They aren’t forcing anyone to pray, yet you wet you diaper over it. By the way, apparently, you don’t know what blasphemy means.”
Another user on social media who claims to be a proponent of “critical thinking” and “secularism” denounced the public display of Christianity, claiming there is no place for such religion in modernity.
“When a country is ruled based on religious principles, you get the extremism that managed to survive through the millennia. Irrational beliefs should not inspire social policies. Mythology is to be studied (beautiful field) but has no active place in modern societies. What if some politician somewhere would start proposing we all go by Apollo’s principles? It’s the same for any other religion that made it to this day,” she said.
When a country is ruled based on religious principles, you get the extremism that managed to survive through the millennia. Irrational beliefs should not inspire social policies. Mythology is to be studied (beautiful field) but has no active place in modern societies. What if… https://t.co/NugXiI35Z7
— Lucia Grosaru, M.A. Psy. (@LuciaGrosaru) October 26, 2023
Johnson has already come out, addressing hot-button conservative issues such as the disaster at the southern border. The American Tribune reported on the House Speaker’s comments, which slammed the Biden administration for the “catastrophe” it has allowed regarding immigration.
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