In the 48-or-so hours since Rep. Mike Johnson inherited the speaker’s gavel, the media have devolved into hysterics over his Christian faith and consistent opposition to homosexuality on the basis of that faith.
While it’s common for politicians to reference the Bible, everyone knows opposing same-sex unions hasn’t been in vogue since before Barack Obama became president. That’s why, in order to claw his way into the good graces of Democrats and then into the Oval Office, Joe Biden had to throw all his former beliefs on sexuality right out the window. Don’t forget, this is a former senator who supported legislation defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The one who called homosexuals “security risks.”
We don’t have to wonder why he changed his tune; he told us years ago: “Things are changing so rapidly, it’s going to become a political liability in the near term for someone to say, ‘I oppose gay marriage,’” he said while he was vice president. “Mark my words. And my job — our job — is to keep this momentum rolling to the inevitable.” Roughly translated, that’s: The LGBT train has left the station. Either get on board or get run over.
Johnson similarly has a written record of his opposition to redefining marriage. In 2004, for example, he penned an editorial supporting Lousiana’s Defense of Marriage Amendment — not unlike the federal legislation Biden once supported. Here’s Johnson in his own words:
If we change marriage for this tiny, modern minority, we will have to do it for every deviant group. Polygamists, polyamorists, pedophiles, and others will be next in line to claim equal protection. They already are. There will be no legal basis to deny a bisexual the right to marry a partner of each sex, or a person to marry his pet.
His tune, on the other hand, doesn’t appear to have changed.
A Blast from the Past
But this week, the media — which largely gave Biden a free pass on his past views, marveling at his “evolution” from bigot to “the most LGBTQ-friendly president in U.S. history” — have spilled thousands of words detailing the new House speaker’s track record.
Johnson thinks gay marriage is “sinful” and “destructive” and “dangerous,” shrieked the likes of ABC News, USA Today, and The New York Times. He believes a “‘homosexual agenda’ will destroy Christianity and society” and that same-sex relationships are “inherently unnatural.”
Johnson “has a history of harsh anti-gay language” and “predicted same-sex marriage could doom America,” squealed CNN. He “sought to narrow the separation between church and state,” The Washington Post chimed in. Here’s ABC:
While arguing against granting the benefits to same-sex couples, Johnson made anti-gay comments suggesting support for homosexuality could lead to support for pedophilia. “When you tear down the taboos, the doors open up for everything. That’s the danger,” Johnson said. “We are not trying to tie homosexuality to pedophilia, but when you tear down one barrier, others fall. … Let’s stop here and draw the line here, because then it leads to sexual anarchy.”
I could go on. The corporate media sure did. But in the midst of this super serious and hard-hitting news, they are missing the real story, which is: How did those views hold up?
Seeing the Future
Of course, they can’t get into that because it turns out Johnson was right on the money, especially when taking his actual arguments in full instead of just skimming corporate clickbait. Yes, tearing down sexual “taboos” does open the door for a lot more. And yes, rejecting the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic has led to “sexual anarchy.” That goes for heterosexual sex outside of marriage just as much as gay sex. But the changes in America since the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell decision, which required states to recognize same-sex “marriage,” have been drastic.
Exhibit A is the undeniable proliferation of the “T” in LGBT. The “gay rights” movement hog-tied itself long ago to the transgender movement, and in that pink-and-blue hellscape, there are no rules. A boy can catapult to internet fame by documenting his offensive “days of girlhood.” With nothing more than a daily ladyface minstrel show, a sexual anarchist can go from an audience of impressionable TikTok followers to an audience with the president of the United States. These are the reality-denying activists shaping our laws, language, and everything in between.
For those seeking to avoid today’s LGBT barrage, there’s simply nowhere to go. It’s infected popular retailers and an untold number of brands. No more safe trips to the library or local festivities. Everything on Netflix needs a parental pre-screen. Public schools and universities are LGBT indoctrination centers. Even many religious denominations have rejected sexual orthodoxy and thus the gospel’s call to repent and believe.
Meanwhile, the media love to pretend the support-for-homosexuality/support-for-pedophilia nexus is extreme and unfounded, but there’s just no denying the hypersexualization of children that’s occurred since Obergefell. It’s not that being gay makes someone a pedophile — and that’s certainly not what Johnson or this column argues. It’s that tearing down one sexual more devastates the rest of them.
So Drag Queen Story Hour has metastasized into “family-friendly” drag shows, with other obscene adult activities now including kids (like a naked bike ride in Madison, Wisconsin, where a child attended and was exposed to untold adult genitalia). Kids get sucked into the school-to-scalpel pipeline, where public educators encourage them to explore transgenderism, then try to hide it from their parents. The California legislature recently passed a bill that would force courts to consider parents’ acceptance of “gender identity” in child custody battles (a measure that only failed in order to protect Gov. Gavin Newsom’s presidential ambitions). A chorus of devastated detransitioners has swelled, with an increasing number of once-confused adolescents detailing the ways the adults in their lives manipulated their sexual vulnerability.
As for the “destruction” and “danger” Johnson predicted, let’s not forget the harm to women that’s resulted from allowing men to overtake women’s spaces, from swimming to sororities. When you redefine marriage, redefining sex naturally follows. You don’t get Bostock without Obergefell.
Redefining marriage also redefined families. No longer is marriage a committed union between one man and one woman for the purpose of procreating. Now, legal unions are based on adult sexual desires that can’t possibly produce children. Thus, reproduction is further commodified via the rent-a-womb industry, with kids now existing primarily to satisfy adults’ familial fantasies. As for adoption agencies, those with Christian values about a child’s right to a mother and a father can expect to face unending legal assaults, Jack Phillips-style.
Just peruse the pages of Slate, Cosmo, or Vox — or even The New York Times — for a few moments to get a taste of today’s push for “open relationships,” such as polygamy and polyamory. “Sexual anarchy,” indeed.
Could’ve Predicted This
Johnson’s views might be out of favor with the broad majority of Americans who capitulated to Obergefell‘s core arguments (even if many of them are now dumbfounded as to how we’ve drifted so far from sexual sanity — a real head-scratcher!). However, they’re perfectly in step with thousands of years of Biblically orthodox teaching on sin and sexuality. If you think Johnson’s editorials are inflammatory, I’ve got news for you about Romans 1.
And just as Johnson’s predictions have materialized, so have those of the Obergefell dissenters — both the justices who penned them and the many other conservative Christians who saw the writing on the wall.
Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent, for instance, argued the decision would infringe on religious liberty. Justice Samuel Alito presciently expounded, saying the decision would “be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.” Here’s more from Alito:
I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.
The media have fulfilled that prophecy. For his outspoken traditional beliefs, Johnson is ultra-bigoted.
But he’s also right. In 2015, five elite robe-wearers decided to open Pandora’s box, and now we’ve all seen what’s inside.