Religion

published : 2023-10-28

New House Speaker Mike Johnson's Appeal to 'God,' 'the Bible' Sparks Debate

Conservatives praise Johnson's religiosity while leftists criticize 'Irrational beliefs'

Rep. Mike Johnson delivers remarks on the steps of the U.S. Capitol after being elected the next House speaker in an unanimous vote. [Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV]

Representative Mike Johnson has become the newly elected Speaker of the House to a polarized reaction on social media.

Conservatives on the platform formerly known as Twitter praised Johnson for openly expressing his Christianity in his new role, while some liberals accused him of offending the Constitution and the New Testament.

After weeks of indecision among Republican lawmakers, Johnson made time for prayer and acknowledged the God of his Christian faith following his election as Speaker of the House on Wednesday.

During his address to Congress, Johnson stated that he believes God is the one who raises up those in authority and that each member of Congress has been brought here for a specific purpose at this moment in time.

He expressed his belief that they have a great responsibility to use their gifts to serve the people of the country.

Representative Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, speaks after becoming US House speaker in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. [Taken with Nikon D850]

Images of Johnson praying with fellow Republicans have also circulated on the platform, further emphasizing his piety.

Conservative users on the platform expressed their support for Johnson's faith, while influential Christian conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats commended Johnson for openly discussing his faith as Speaker of the House.

However, leftists saw Johnson's appeal to prayer as concerning.

Syracuse Law lecturer David Cay Johnson criticized Johnson's public display of devotion, stating that it offends both the Constitution and the New Testament.

He labeled the new Speaker's claim of being ordained by God as blasphemous.

Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., in the halls of Congress months before he was elected Speaker of The House. [Taken with Sony Alpha a7 III]

Psychologist Lucia Grosaru argued that irrational beliefs should not inspire social policies and questioned what would happen if politicians based their principles on other religions.

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The author of the article is Gabriel Hays, an associate editor for Fox News Digital.