Now Republican Chairman Mike Johnson didn’t start serving till 2017. The Louisiana Republican has by no means held a management place. And so it is no shock that he is struggling to guide the U.S. Home of Representatives on his first full day the day after a mass taking pictures in Maine.
“This can be a darkish time in America. …Prayer is suitable at a time like this, that evil can finish and this mindless violence can cease,” Johnson informed reporters, forgoing any actions he may direct Congress to take and, as is his customized, asking no questions answered.
CNN’s Manu Raju reported:
Mike Johnson, the brand new speaker, makes a press release concerning the taking pictures in Maine.
“This can be a darkish time in America. …Prayer is suitable at a time like this, that evil can finish and this mindless violence can cease.”
Doesn’t reply questions or say what actions Congress can take pic.twitter.com/lhhvbzMEn1
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 26, 2023
Prayer is suitable, if one is so inclined. However that is the response of a preacher, not a legislator of a decidedly non-Christian nation. There’s the Institution Clause of the First Modification, which has lengthy been interpreted as supporting a separation of church and state. But additionally…
Legislative options are Johnson’s obligation. It’s not his obligation to inform folks to wish. He has the ability to carry forth laws on gun management, ready intervals, an assault weapons ban, and extra. This “darkish age” is sadly hardly new, however what it’s is sanctioned by each NRA member of Congress, who take blood cash to make sure that Individuals are slaughtered frequently simply of their day by day lives. None of their NRA “options” – together with the “good guys” arming themselves – have prevailed over the “evil” they themselves actively encourage.
You is likely to be pondering, Gee, it appears to be like prefer it was thrown from the child’s pool into the adults’ part. Actually. However don’t worry. You see, he was chosen by God.
When he declared his candidacy in September 2016, he informed the Baptist Message that he was referred to as to a “authorized ministry” (sure, he’s a Baptist, my solely reminiscence of the Baptist Church was being informed that this was the one present I used to be in a position, a husband gave a boy baby, however as we will see from Mike Johnson, males will not be at all times items):
“Some persons are referred to as to pastoral ministry and others to music ministry, and many others. I used to be referred to as to authorized ministry and I’ve been on the entrance traces of the ‘tradition warfare’ in protection of non secular freedom, the sanctity of the human life and biblical legal guidelines. values, together with the protection of conventional marriage, and different beliefs like these when beneath assault.
Oh, he is been on the entrance traces defending the sanctity of life? Nice, he ought to get to work on that instantly and fulfill his “authorized ministry” within the type of gun management laws to defend the “sanctity of life.”
Crickets. All he offers us are “prayers” and now he has a protracted weekend off.
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