Nov 3, 2023

House Speaker’s “Christian Nationalism” Labeled Extreme

The idea of governing based on personal values is controversial to the media — if they’re conservative Christian values.
House Speaker’s “Christian Nationalism” Labeled Extreme

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Written by Hudson Crozier

What’s happening: Legacy media outlets have come out with a flurry of articles associating House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) with “Christian nationalism” for his views on marriage, sexuality, and the “so-called separation of church and state,” as he puts it.

What does he say? "I’m not trying to establish Christianity as the national religion or something,” Johnson said in response. “That’s not what this is about at all.” In the past, Johnson has explained that his faith “informs everything” he does as an official and argued, “the founders wanted to protect the church from an encroaching state, not the other way around.”

  • Is that extreme? Polling has consistently shown that around half of Americans think the Bible should influence laws and want a “Christian nation.”

Why it matters: While Republicans often use Christian-friendly rhetoric to win voters, Johnson shows more signs of sincerity in his beliefs. This earns him the label of an extremist in America, despite the nation's deep historical ties to those beliefs.

  • The trend: Similarly, journalists dug up whatever they could find on Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholic background as she rose to fame. This led some to portray her as cultish and to attribute her vote against Roe v. Wade to sexist beliefs.
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