New Speaker of the House, Rep. Mike Johnson, has been facing attacks from every angle since taking over the gavel.
Some attacks have been untrue, while others are just pure nonsense.
But now, Speaker Johnson is giving a history lesson that crushes a long-time fabricated claim used as a weapon by left-wing atheists.
A nation built on religious liberties
The country’s founding fathers enshrined religious freedom in the U.S. Constitution.
While most people think about the freedom of speech in the first amendment in the Bill of Rights, many forget freedom of religion actually comes before speech.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” the Bill of Rights reads.
That amendment has led to a long debate between what constitutional scholars call the “establishment clause” and the “free exercise clause.”
The Left tries to bend the establishment clause to trample over free expression of religious faith.
The trick they typically pull out first is a line you’ve likely heard time and again — the supposed, “separation of Church and State.”
New Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana, has made it clear that his Christian values guide how he votes on bills put to his legislative.
Johnson at least can recite the truth that American laws are designed to mimic Judeo-Christian values
Without fail, the secular Left rushed to stereotype Johnson as a bible-thumping theocrat.
Lots of misleading headlines. Take a look at what I actually said here: pic.twitter.com/Vw3AHzoRvT
— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) November 15, 2023
The atheist Left were especially triggered when Johnson prayed on the floor of Congress after being sworn in.
Of course, they were quick to whip out the tired, “separation of Church and State” line.
As you can see in the above video, CNBC co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin attempted to paint Johnson in a corner for a “gotcha” trap using that old Democrat talking point trope.
However, Johnson didn’t take the bait and instead gave Sorkin and his audience a history lesson they should have learned in elementary school.
“The separation of church and state is a misnomer —people misunderstand it,” Johnson said. “Of course, it comes from a phrase that was in a letter that Jefferson wrote — it’s not in the Constitution,” Johnson added.
Johnson was referring to Thomas Jefferson’s letter sent to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut in 1802.
“What he was explaining is that they did not want the government to encroach upon the church, not that they didn’t want principles of faith to have influence on our public life,” Johnson added. “It is exactly the opposite.”
To prove as much, the Speaker then brought up another early U.S. President, John Adams’ letter to Massachusetts Militia in 1798.
“Our constitution is made only for moral and religious people,” Adams wrote. “It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”
That’s when Johnson finished Sorkin off with a mic drop moment.
“They knew that it would be important to maintain our system,” Johnson concluded. “And that’s why I think we need more of that — not an establishment of any national religion, but we need everybody’s vibrant expression of faith because it’s such an important part of who we are as a nation.”
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