December 4, 2023

Tom Fazzini, West End Strategy Team; 202-505-1210

Interfaith Alliance: Johnson’s Acceptance of NACL Award Signals Acceptance of Religious Extremism in Government

WASHINGTONInterfaith Alliance, a national group that advocates for inclusive democracy and healthy boundaries between religion and government, reacted today to Speaker Mike Johnson’s planned keynote speaking appearance at the National Association of Christian Lawmakers gala to accept their American Patriot Award for Christian Honor and Courage.

In response, Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, president and CEO of Interfaith Alliance said:

“One of the most powerful political leaders in the United States is proudly accepting an award from an organization dedicated to dismantling the separation of religion and government and which fights to impose its extremist ‘biblical worldview’ on all of us. In his new role as Speaker, Rep. Johnson must remember that he now represents all Americans, not a narrow band of Christian nationalist extremists with views far outside the mainstream.

“NACL is a central player in a calculated national campaign to pass discriminatory state laws that target LGBTQ+ people, promote censorship, and restrict access to reproductive healthcare. Interfaith Alliance has mobilized our network of people across the country to protect our democracy by fighting back against these laws that are antithetical to America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights for all.

“By accepting this award, Speaker Johnson is signaling his acceptance of these extreme and dangerous policies as well as a worldview that intentionally sanctions religious extremism with government power.

“As we carry on with our advocacy while turning our sights to the incredibly consequential 2024 election, we will continue speaking out against the Christian nationalism represented by the NACL and building a strong interfaith coalition to achieve inclusive democracy for all.”

Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit