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New Speaker Mike Johnson says the way to learn how feels about any issue is to read the Bible: 'That's my worldview, that's what I believe'

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Newly elected Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Johnson speaks with Speaker pro tempore Patrick McHenry in the House chamber after his election at the US Capitol on October 25, 2023, in Washington, DC.Win McNamee/Getty Images
  • Newly-elected House Speaker Mike Johnson is not shy about his strong Christian faith.

  • In an interview with Sean Hannity, he said the best way to learn his views is to read the Bible.

  • "I am a Bible-believing Christian," he said.

Newly empowered Speaker of the House Mike Johnson said in a recent interview that the best way to learn how he feels about "any issue under the sun" is to read the Bible.

Johnson's comments were made during an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News on Thursday.

"I am a Bible-believing Christian," Johnson said. "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.'"

Johnson's religious faith and ties to Christian-affiliated organizations are well-documented.

In his first speech on the House floor as speaker, Johnson told the crowded gallery what he said he told the GOP caucus the night before he was elected.

"I don't believe there are any coincidences in a matter like this," Johnson said. "I believe that scripture, 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 that God has allowed and ordained each and every one of us to be here at this specific moment."

While he's been in office, Johnson and his wife have recorded nearly 70 podcasts centered around religion and politics, though the website hosting them appears to have been deleted on October 26, a day after he became speaker. The website for his wife's Christian-focused counseling center was taken down around the same time.

Prior to his time in Congress, Johnson worked for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal advocacy group that has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. During his time as a spokesperson and attorney for the ADF, he in part wrote legal arguments supporting the criminalization of sex between two consenting men.

He also briefly served as the dean of the law school at Louisiana University (now known as Louisiana Christian University). Though the position was short-lived, he returned to the university in 2022 to give a speech where he noted that he believed that the country had effectively erased faith in God.

"If we don't have a heavenly boss who tells us what's right and wrong, then we define it for ourselves," Johnson is quoted saying in a recap of his speech from Louisiana Christian University.

He also has connections to Answers in Genesis, a Christian apologetics ministry that runs a Creation Museum and a full-scale version of Noah's Ark from the biblical story. He previously acted as counsel for the ministry, in part funding the creation of the full-sized ark by successfully suing the state of Kentucky for millions in subsidies.

Answers in Genesis publicly touts its aversion to the transgender community and has plans to host an event in April 2024 aimed at overcoming "the war on women." Johnson and his wife are scheduled to speak at the event.

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