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Fri Nov 3, 2023, 09:28 PM Nov 2023

Guess Who MAGA Mike Johnson Once Blamed for the Fall of Rome [View all]

Source: New Republic

Guess Who MAGA Mike Johnson Once Blamed for the Fall of Rome

Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling
Thu, November 2, 2023 at 10:32 AM EDT·2 min read

Prior to launching his political career, Speaker Mike Johnson worked hand in hand with a group promoting “conversion therapy” for gay teens, actively promoting the criminalization of gay sex, and even blaming sexual orientation for the downfall of the Roman Empire.

According to a CNN KFile review that analyzed dozens of the Louisiana Republican’s media appearances between 2006 and 2010, before he entered political office, Johnson spent years providing legal advice to Exodus International, an Orlando-based Christian conversion therapy organization whose practices resulted in quantifiable harm.

He also partnered with the group to run an annual anti-gay event called the “Day of Truth,” a snub of the national youth movement protest “Day of Silence,” which recognizes the silent suffering of LGBTQ teens who are bullied.

According to some experts, Johnson didn’t just pander to anti-gay advocates, “he was the anti-gay and ex-gay advocate,” Wayne Besen, the executive director of Truth Wins Out, told CNN.


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