House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who has openly discussed his deeply held Christian religious beliefs, will be a keynote speaker at an annual meeting of like-minded lawmakers.
Johnson will address the National Association of Christian Lawmakers, hosted at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5, Rolling Stone reported, mischaracterizing the group as “Christian Nationalist” in nature.
According to the event’s website, the group seeks to give its “biblical worldview” the force of law around the country by “abolishing abortion,” promoting “marriage between one man and one woman,” and “exposing the ungodly effort to undermine our culture by Leftists.”
NACL founder and former Arkansas state legislator Jason Rapert told the outlet earlier this year, “For far too long we have allowed one political party in our nation to hold up Sodom and Gomorrah as a goal to be achieved rather than a sin to be shunned.”
In announcing the keynote address by Johnson, Rapert wrote on Facebook: “Come join us to support and honor this wonderful Christian servant leader for his leadership in our nation.”
Shortly after becoming Speaker, Johnson came under fire from some corporate media outlets for using accountability software to block pornographic content for both himself and his teenage son.
Johnson, a member of Cypress Baptist Church in Benton, La., described to the congregation in 2022 during a technology panel how he and his teenage son at the time were using Covenant Eyes, a subscription-based program that can be downloaded on computers and mobile devices to monitor websites and notify an accountability partner of any content that may be deemed questionable.
“It sends a report to your accountability partner,” Johnson explained in the clip that went viral on X after being shared by a user called Receipt Maven. “My accountability partner right now is Jack, my son. He’s 17. So he and I get a report about all the things that are on our phones, all of our devices, once a week.”
“If anything objectionable comes up, your accountability partner gets an immediate notice. I’m proud to tell you, my son has got a clean slate,” Johnson continued. “It’s really sensitive, it’ll pick up almost anything, it looks for keywords, search terms, and also images, and it will send your accountability partner a blurred picture of the image.”
During an interview earlier this month on Fox News, Johnson shot back at liberals and the media for mocking his Christian faith.
Johnson, an Evangelical Christian who has publicly invoked his faith in God and said the Bible is his “worldview” since becoming the new speaker, responded to MSNBC host Jen Psaki, HBO host Bill Maher, and others who trashed him for his faith by claiming that the attacks don’t bother him.
“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,” Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany said to Johnson.
McEnany then quoted Psaki, who ran a segment on MSNBC in which she labeled Johnson as a Christian “fundamentalist.”
“What do you think when you hear that?” McEnany asked.
“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 responded.
“I just wish they would get to know me,” he continued, adding, “I’m not trying to establish Christianity as the national religion or something. That’s not what this is about at all.”
He then discussed how the Bible commands us to show peace and love toward all people.
“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 said.