House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) called the separation of church and state a “misnomer” when CNBC co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin attempted to corner him about kneeling and praying on the floor of Congress earlier this year.
“The separation of church and state is a misnomer —people misunderstand it,” Johnson said during an interview on “Squawk Box.”
“Of course, it comes from a phrase that was in a letter that [Thomas] Jefferson wrote — it’s not in the Constitution,” he added.
Johnson referred to Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut when Jefferson served as the third President of the United States.
“What he was explaining is they did not want the government to encroach upon the church, not that they didn’t want principles of faith