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Mike Johnson Says Americans ‘Misunderstand’ Separation Of Church And State

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House Speaker Mike Johnson expressed his belief that the separation of church and state is a misnomer, emphasizing the importance of vibrant expression of faith in the public square.

He added that the founders wanted principles of faith to influence public life and that religion is important in maintaining the democratic system.

“When the founders set this system up, they wanted a vibrant expression of faith in the public square because they believed that a general moral consensus and virtue was necessary,” Johnson stated.

“The separation of church and state is a misnomer, people misunderstand it.”

“Of course, it comes from a phrase that was in a letter that Jefferson wrote, it’s not in the Constitution,” he added.

“And what he was explaining is 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. It’s exactly the opposite.”

“Someone asked me today in the media, ‘People are curious, what does Mike Johnson think about any issue?’ I said, ‘Well, go pick up a Bible off your shelf and read it. That’s my worldview.’”

“That’s why I think we need more of that,” he pressed. “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.”

Johnson, a religious conservative, has sparked concern among Democrats for his efforts to oppose abortion and gay rights and has emphasized the significance of the Bible in shaping his worldview.

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