Lawmaker’s Personal Faith-Based Accountability Plan Sparks Liberal Concern

In a resurfaced video from 2022, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson revealed that he and his son have been monitoring each other’s internet activity, including their consumption of pornography. The disclosure was made during a discussion on the “War on Technology” at Cypress Baptist Church in Benton, Louisiana, shedding light on the unique approach Johnson has taken to maintain online accountability within his family.

Johnson disclosed that he had installed “accountability software” called Covenant Eyes on his electronic devices to help combat internet pornography and access to objectionable content. The software, according to Johnson, scans all activities on the devices it is installed on, be it phones, laptops, or other gadgets. The data collected is then sent as a weekly report to an “accountability partner.” In his case, his 17-year-old son, Jack, serves as his accountability partner.

The purpose of this arrangement, as explained by Johnson, is to ensure that both he and his son are aware of any potentially objectionable material they may be viewing online. If the software detects such content, it immediately notifies the designated accountability partner. Johnson proudly stated that his son had maintained a “clean slate” thanks to this system.

However, concerns have been raised about the privacy implications and potential security risks associated with Covenant Eyes, a subscription-based service that actively scans and reports on electronic device usage. X user Receipt Maven expressed reservations about a U.S. Congressman allowing a third-party tech company to have access to and scan all of his electronic devices daily, and questioned who else might have access to this sensitive data.

Mike Johnson, who assumed the role of Speaker of the House in October, has faced scrutiny for his history as a ‘staunch advocate of far-right Christian nationalist beliefs’ and his affiliation with organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, known for its opposition to LGBTQ rights. He has also drawn attention for his controversial remarks linking school shootings to abortion and the teaching of evolution.

In a recent interview on Fox News, Johnson was questioned about his stance on abortion, contraception, and IVF treatment. While he affirmed his pro-life stance and his Christian beliefs, he did not introduce any measures on these issues. He did not explicitly deny his position on contraception when asked whether he would vote against it in the future.

Rolling Stone