Over 12,000 people have signed a Christian petition condemning House Speaker Mike Johnson as a “false prophet” among other Republican Party members. Faithful America, an online Christian group supporting social justice causes, released their second-annual “False Prophets Don’t Speak for Me” campaign featuring a list of top Christian-nationalist leaders in both church and politics along with a petition on Tuesday.
The list includes former President Donald Trump, pastor Mark Burns, self-proclaimed prophet Julie Green, Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, conservative activist Charlie Kirk, pastor Jackson Lahmeyer, Texas’ Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Archbishop Carlo Viganò, self-proclaimed prophet Lance Wallnau, and co-founder of Moms for Liberty and school board chair Bridget Ziegler.
The petition aims to show that those listed as false prophets “will never speak for Jesus” for the Christian community. Johnson, an evangelical Christian and close ally of Trump, has often been outspoken about putting his Christian faith at the center of his legislative career. According to Faithful America, those listed in its petition are a threat to Christian nationalism, citing that they twist religion for power and hate while spreading disinformation.
Johnson has faced criticism for his Christian views since becoming House speaker, including accusations of having strong ties to Christian nationalism, which holds that the U.S. is a solely Christian nation and that its laws and government should be tied to religious values. In an interview with Fox News earlier this week, Johnson said the attacks directed at his faith “don’t bother me at all.” He continued to say that he was not trying to establish Christianity as the national religion or something.