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House Democrats Question Johnson’s Invitation of Far-Right Preacher Known for Anti-LGBTQ Views

Questions arise as to why the Speaker was permitted to sponsor guest chaplain Jack Hibbs known for his anti-LGBTQ views and inflammatory rhetoric. (Click image for article.)

Photo: House Speaker Mike Johnson

More than two dozen House Democrats in a letter to Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and the Office of the Chaplain are demanding answers as to why the Speaker was permitted to sponsor a guest chaplain known for his anti-LGBTQ views and inflammatory rhetoric late last month.

Democrats in a letter sent Thursday to Johnson and House Chaplain Margaret Kibben denounced Johnson’s sponsorship of Jack Hibbs, a far-right preacher who has embraced the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen and once said the acceptance of LGBTQ people is evidence that humanity is living in “the last days.”

Hibbs, who has also been accused of making disparaging remarks against Muslims and Jewish people, was invited by Johnson to deliver the opening prayer that marks the beginning of each legislative day on Jan. 30.

Democrats in Thursday’s letter characterized Hibbs as a “radical Christian Nationalist who helped fuel the January 6th insurrection and has a long record of spewing hateful vitriol toward non-Christians, immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ community.”

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