Georgia Republican Candidate Claims Muslims Shouldn’t Have First Amendment Rights

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It’s no secret many conservatives think that this country was founded on Christianity.  Despite the fact that our First Amendment clearly states that we’re not allowed to have a national religion, and the word “Christian” doesn’t appear even once within our Constitution, they still seem to believe that this nation is founded on Christianity.

Something else I’ve also noticed is that many conservatives seem to think that you can’t be both a Muslim and an American at the same time.  As if being Muslim is a nationality, not a religion.  I can’t count the times I’ve seen conservatives refer to natural-born American Muslims as “not American.”

Despite the fact that they meet the most basic requirement (you know, being born in the United States to American parents) to be an American.

Well it seems a Republican in Georgia vying for the state’s 10th U.S. House district is one of these individuals.  He seems to believe that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to Muslims.

“Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology,” Jody Hice wrote in 2012, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”

Geo-political like, defining marriage based on religion, opposing homosexuality based on religion and stances against abortion based on religion?

You know, like those things conservative Christians do in this country.

But I guess that’s not “geo-political,” right?

He also believes the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to infiltrate the United States to institute Sharia law.  Yeah, he’s one of “those people.” (And if that’s not enough for you, he also enjoys equating women’s rights and homosexuality to bestiality, incest, and Hitler, among other things.)

In 2011 he also said, “Most people think Islam is a religion, it’s not. It’s a totalitarian way of life with a religious component. But it’s much larger. It’s a geo-political system that has governmental, financial, military, legal and religious components. And it’s a totalitarian system that encompasses every aspect of life and it should not be protected (under U.S. law).”

Ironically his comments seem to advocate exactly why church and state should be strictly separated in this country.  If we don’t allow any religions to seep into our government, then there’s no need to worry about any kind of “geo-political” agenda by religious sects.  But I’m almost sure he doesn’t mind when Christianity is intertwined with government.

But what his comments also seem to be advocating for is the violation of Constitutional rights for American citizens who happen to be Muslim – or close to 3 million Americans.

Apparently now, according to Hice and conservatives who support him (he’s a tea party candidate), the Constitution only applies to those Americans they feel should be protected by it.

Because nothing says “we’re the party for Constitutional values” quite like advocating that nearly 3 million Americans should be denied their Constitutional rights just because they follow a religion with which you disagree.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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