WaPo Lede Generator: Democrats say that in addition to being a homophobe and a transphobe, Johnson’s defense of the Pastor Protection Act when he was a state representative betrays his deep-seated racism. But vaguely referenced people who might not exist wonder if it is fair to judge the new Speaker of the House by his actions.
During a 2016 Louisiana Senate hearing on an anti-marriage equality measure, the bill’s author, then state Rep. Mike Johnson, found himself in a bit of a political pickle.
The bill’s blanket protections for clergy refusing to marry someone because of their religious beliefs had Black and brown lawmakers concerned it would open the door not only for discrimination against same-sex couples but interracial ones as well.
With its prospects already dim at best, Johnson was attempting to shore up support by offering to agree to a modest change noting Louisiana’s “tradition” of allowing interracial marriage.
Morrell then pointedly noted that even the change Johnson was offering wouldn’t actually protect interracial marriage since “tradition does not trump law,” to which Johnson replied, “Agreed.”
Sure, that might look bad to certain fussy types who believe in strange concepts like rights and freedom and keeping perverts like Johnson out of the private lives of consenting adults. But according to a rule that all Democrats must follow, it is unfair to consider his actions before he became Speaker of the House. Plus, he’s a white cishet Christian man who wears eyeglasses and neckties. No one like that has ever done anything bad. If you ignore all of the times someone like that has done something bad.
And how could any reasonable person take offense at such mild-mannered statements as this?
Although Johnson acknowledged Morrell’s concern, he quickly sought to dismiss it. “I don’t know of any current cases of clergy in Louisiana, at least,
Not yet, anyway.
that are refusing to marriage marry persons of color of different races …
Extremely interesting phrasing.
As an aside, Johnson couldn’t come up with any examples of clergy in Louisiana being forced to marry same-sex couples, the reason for his bill. But telling lies and acting as though the lies are true is an essential part of the white supremacist shtick.
we’ve all come to accept interracial marriage,” Johnson said before hastily adding, “thankfully, by God’s grace.”
Democrats in Congress should give up on trying to make this guy look bad. They should just make sure there’s a microphone and camera running whenever he opens his mealy mouth.
From Commentarian Eric Scharf: “People who post off-topic comments let Mike Johnson compile their Spotify playlist.” Harsh. But completely true.