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Speaker Mike Johnson’s Close Ties to Christian Right — Both Mainstream and Fringe

"An Appeal to Heaven" flag, a symbol embraced in recent years by Christian Nationalists, hangs outside Speaker Mike Johnson's congressional office.

Photo: “An Appeal to Heaven” flag, a symbol embraced in recent years by Christian Nationalists, hangs outside Speaker Mike Johnson’s congressional office. Photo by Eric McDaniel – NPR

 

Mike Johnson’s surprise rise to the speakership after weeks of bitter party infighting was cause for celebration for Pastor Dutch Sheets.

“God has given us a miracle in the election of Congressman Michael Johnson to this position. He’s a godly man, raised up for such a time as this,” Sheets said in his Oct. 27 “Give Him 15” daily prayer broadcast. “I do not know him, but have several friends who do, who attest to his qualifications, integrity and heart for the Lord.”

There’s nothing unusual in American politics about religious leaders praying for politicians or holding a fundamental view that God’s divine hand is at play in the creation and existence of America.

But Sheets is not a traditional Christian pastor.

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