Johnson responded to Psaki’s comment in a sit-down interview last week with Fox News’ Kayleigh McEnany. “If you truly believe in the Bible’s commands and seek to follow them, it’s impossible to be a hateful person because the greatest command in the Bible is that you love God with everything you have, and you love your neighbor as yourself,” Johnson told McEnany in a clip posted to X on Oct. 31. Buttigieg had it right. God does love him. And God also has commanded us to love Buttigieg and everyone under his roof. But how does God instruct us to love others? We must love them as we love ourselves, which does not mean with unqualified approval. In fact, if I am to love myself, I must do so in spite of many things I have done. Love, in other words, does not mean “tolerance” in the modern sense. Indeed, as the iconic Christian author C.S. Lewis wrote in “The Weight of Glory” (1941), tolerance “parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment.” Tolerance in the sence of embracing behavior known to be sinful, has no place in the Christian conception of love, which always embraces the sinner but never the sin. Thus, we may easily dispense with any notion of love that demands us to endorse as true something we know to be false. For instance, we know that Democrats have targeted Johnson because of his Christian beliefs. We know they have done this because they have not made the same remarks about Muslims, followers of a faith that is just as “intolerant” of homosexuality as the “fundamentalist” Christianity Psaki despises — if not more so. In fact, last week the White House trotted out Vice President Kamala Harris to announce a new initiative to fight “Islamophobia.” Democrats have reserved their attacks, therefore, specifically for Christians. Meanwhile, the Biden administration also has used attacks on Johnson’s faith as an opportunity to rehabilitate Buttigieg. After all, from “racist” roads to catastrophic train derailments, the Transportation Secretary has performed about as poorly in office as any administration official this side of Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Of course, in this administration, failure has plenty of company. The key is to shirk responsibility. Depict others as bigoted. Deflect questions about your own incompetence by portraying yourself as a victim. That — and that alone — Democrats do well.
“His views on policy are essentially what you’d expect from a religious fundamentalist — they’re more divisive than divine.” @jrpsaki on newly elected House speaker Mike Johnson. pic.twitter.com/DQs7uKnTiX— Inside with Jen Psaki (@InsideWithPsaki) October 29, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.