Amid speculation regarding his “worldview,” newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson divulged information regarding his perspective or ideology during a recent public event. This transpired when he provided a response to a query concerning his use of language that was interpreted as homophobic.
Johnson’s inauguration as speaker on Wednesday signified the conclusion of a three-week period marked by internal strife within the Republican Party. Since securing their initial election to the chamber in 2016, the somewhat obscure backbencher has maintained a restricted public presence until this week.
In the context of a televised interview, Sean Hannity questioned the recently appointed speaker at the Capitol regarding the speaker’s remarks.
Hannity inquired “You once worked for the Alliance Defense Fund – a Christian advocacy group. And comments you made both in writing and advocacy for this group about homosexuality, calling it sinful destructive and not supporting gay marriage, quote, ‘no clear right to sodomy in the Constitution.’ You have been getting hammered on this. And I wanna ask you about it. I wanna know exactly, you know, where you stand. Some of these comments were 15 years ago.”
Johnson responded by stating, “I don’t even remember some of them. I was a litigator that was called upon to defend the state marriage amendments. If you remember back in the early 2000s, I think there [were] over 35 states, somewhere in that number, that the people went to the ballot in their respective states and they amended their state constitutions to say marriage is one man and one woman. Well, I was a religious liberty defense and was called to defend those cases in the courts.”
Johnson proceeded to defend the biblical position that homosexuality is a matter of personal preference, advising, “Go pick up a Bible.”
“But I also genuinely love all people regardless of their lifestyle choices. This is not about the people themselves. 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.”
Subsequently, Hannity supplemented the speaker’s statement with an additional qualifying remark.
“That’s your personal worldview,” he noted.
Johnson reiterated, “That’s my personal worldview.”
Here’s the entire interview (Some commenters want Johnson to run for president). WATCH:
Wednesday, KFile of CNN published statements attributed to Johnson that concerned individuals who identify as LGBT.
In a 2005 op-ed, Johnson expressed the viewpoint that “Your race, creed, and sex are what you are, while homosexuality and cross-dressing are things you do. This is a free country, but we don’t give special protections for every person’s bizarre choices.”
Additionally, he expressed, “Homosexual relationships are inherently unnatural and, the studies clearly show, are ultimately harmful and costly for everyone,” which could lead to people marrying their pets.
In another instance, Johnson asserted that “Experts project that homosexual marriage is the dark harbinger of chaos and sexual anarchy that could doom even the strongest republic.”
After Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) was elected Speaker on the first ballot on Wednesday, the House expeditiously granted approval to the preliminary legislative measure.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, a bipartisan resolution endorsing Israel was recently approved by a substantial majority of 412 to 10. The purpose of the resolution was to denounce the violence and underscore the commitment of the United States to safeguarding a vital ally. A limited number of Democrats on the far-left of the political spectrum, according to the article, expressed opposition.
“The four-page resolution was filed earlier this month, just days after Hamas launched an attack on Israel from Gaza, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to declare war on Oct. 7. Six members voted present: Reps. Greg Casar (D-TX), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Chuy Garcia (D-IL), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Nydia Velazquez (D-NY),” according to the Examiner.
“Nine Democrats voted no: Reps. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Cori Bush (D-MO), Andre Carson (D-IN), Al Green (D-TX), Summer Lee (D-PA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Delia Ramirez (D-IL), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). All are associated with or adjacent to the progressive ‘Squad,’” the outlet added.
As per the investigation conducted by the Examiner, Omar and Tlaib have encountered substantial censure due to their support of social media posts that replicated accusations put forth by Hamas regarding a tragic hospital strike in Gaza. Additionally, they faced censure due to their protracted reaction in eliminating these posts.
Kentucky Republican Representative Thomas Massie drew his dissent from the resolution on account of specific provisions that he found objectionable. More precisely, he voiced his dissent regarding the incorporation of provisions that would constitute “an overly general commitment to military assistance that might be construed as obligated U.S. troops to the conflict.” Rep. Massie had multiple grounds of contention, including the aforementioned.