As I said yesterday, one small step down for Kevin McCarthy, one giant drop into the abyss for the GOP — and anybody who is exposed to who and what Mike Johnson is all about. Today’s story is about wife Kelly, with whom he’s been in a “covenant marriage” for over two decades. What’s a covenant marriage? It’s a marriage that is more difficult to get out of than a regular marriage and it’s only legal in a handful of states. And you thought it was bad enough that Johnson was an election denier. HA! That’s the tip of the pyramid, friends. Huffington Post:
The wife of newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) runs a counseling business that advocates the belief that homosexuality is comparable to bestiality and incest, according to its operating documents.
Johnson and his wife, Kelly, have long intertwined their political and business lives: They became a known entity in the late 1990s when they went on national television as the face of Louisiana’s new marriage covenant law, which makes it harder to get a divorce. Today, they co-host a podcast, “Truth Be Told,” where they talk about political and social issues from a conservative Christian perspective. Their podcast is up to 69 episodes.
“We have been working in ministry side by side and together for our whole marriage,” Johnson said last year when he and his wife launched their podcast, in an interview with The Message, a website that connects members of the Louisiana Southern Baptist community.
The House speaker’s identity as an evangelical Christian has been a driving force in hisin his personal life and his career, which includes eight years as the senior attorney and national spokesperson for a legal nonprofit affiliated with the religious right.
And don’t forget, Johnson persuaded the State of Kentucky that they needed to give money to build a replica of Noah’s Ark. Does anybody know if Johnson is scheduled for any of the Sunday political shows? I was hoping he could elaborate on how Noah got all those dinosaurs on the boat, two of each, you know? The T-Rex didn’t eat the brontosaurus, or anything like that? Johnson would know, right?
Kelly Johnson features the couple’s podcast on the website of her company, Onward Christian Counseling Services, which promotes Bible-based pastoral counseling. Her website also includes a link to its 2017 operating agreement, which lays out the corporate bylaws for the company ― and embraces a number of socially conservative beliefs about LGBTQ+ people and women’s reproductive rights.
The agreement states that Onward Christian Counseling Services is grounded in the belief that sex is offensive to God if it is not between a man and a woman married to each other. It puts being gay, bisexual or transgender in the same category as someone who has sex with animals or family members, calling all of these examples of “sexual immorality.”
“We believe and the Bible teaches that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God,” says the eight-page business document.
God only loves you if you’re straight and apparently in a strait-jacket marriage, as well. And are you having a sense of deja vu? Of course you are.
Comparing homosexuality to bestiality and incest was relatively common among Republicans in the early 2000s, when the party made battling same-sex marriage a central issue during President George W. Bush’s reelection bid in 2004. Then-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) famously made the comparison in 2003, suggesting a Supreme Court case striking down state bans on sodomy would open the door to “man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.”
All that madness was 20 years ago, but somehow we’re all fine and some gay people have been able to get married and mind their own business. It’s that last part that the Republican party just can’t swing.
Say what you will about Kevin McCarthy, he wasn’t this batshit.