DOES HOUSE SPEAKER MIKE JOHNSON STILL BELIEVE MONKEYPOX EXISTS TO PUNISH GAY PEOPLE?
I managed to forget about monkeypox. You may remember it as a scary sounding disease that looks even scarier when you see it. But like many things that sound (and really are) scary that also have a catchy name, social conservatives tend to use that to attack groups they don’t like. And that leads me to something else I managed to forget; some social conservatives claim to believe that monkeypox exists solely as a punishment for gay people. For being gay, of course. And as absurd as that is (and it IS absurd), it’s not as absurd as learning that newly minted House Speaker Mike Johnson was a board member of the group that espouses this odious belief.
MIKE JOHNSON AND FAMILY SEEM TO BE TRYING TO HIDE FROM ODIOUS BELIEFS AND ASSOCIATIONS
In other words, Mike Johnson believes that monkeypox, the disease, was created by God to punish Gay people for being Gay. So what is this group that Rep. Johnson was a board member of? Living Waters Publications, a more than casually controversial Christian publishing house. He served as a board member for more than a decade. For some reason, the recording of him being interviewed on Living Waters founder and CEO Ray Comfort’s podcast was recently deleted. I guess that goes hand in hand with Johnson’s wife, Kelly, who recently removed most of her homophobic beliefs from her Christian counseling website.
BESIDES MONKEYPOX AND GAY PEOPLE, DOES MIKE JOHNSON BELIEVE BARACK OBAMA IS THE ANTI-CHRIST?
That, in digital terms, is like wriggling and furry things running for cover after you turn over a rock. But turning over a rock, in this case, was Mike Johnson getting elected as House Speaker. While that’s an odd (and very applicable) metaphor, it’s no odder than believing, saying, and proselytizing that monkeypox was created by God to punish gay people for being gay. Or, well, that former President Barack Obama might be the antichrist because of his supposed “leanings toward Islam.” That is pretty strange, right? But I’m pretty sure it just means he’s educated, well-spoken and, mostly, a black man.
It sure seems like a lot of prominent, social conservatives like Mike Johnson live in glass houses.