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

Image via jodyhiceforcongress.com

Image via jodyhiceforcongress.com

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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  • Brad Rogers

    His picture there looks like a Colbert-esque parody. It almost looks like Barney Stinson’s video resume.

    • Eg Kbbs

      Anyone who is wrapped in the flag, has a red, white, and blue button, a blue background with white clouds with a flare (rainbow) of red color, and an Eagle in the sky ……….

      • Eg Kbbs

        Late edit, just noticed that not only is he holding an American Flag, but the flare I mentioned is not only a red/white rainbow but is also a flare image of an entire flag. UGH!

  • Peter

    First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

    Article I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  • Cemetery Girl

    I guess the Amish also do not deserve Constitutional rights either? Their Anabaptist faith dictates their life. Heck, some communities not only don’t hold religious services but speak primerialy in a different dialect. Sure, many of them may have lived here for centuries, but they have strong religiously based views, they disapprove of having their picture taken, and they might not even speak English as their main language. Doesn’t support our nation’s modern Christianity of picking and choosing what to follow so we can base other people’s rights upon it. (But, you know, nothing that will have an impact on those doing the picking and choosing…)

    • strayaway

      Good point. The Amish don’t have to pay Social Security taxes or serve in military combat. I was wondering about how the First Amendment tolerates a measure of Sharia Law if it is an expression of the free exercise of Islam. In Britain, It’s my understanding that Sharia courts are tolerated to some extent among consenting Muslims sort of like people who agree beforehand to abide with the results of a mediator or Judge Judy in this Country. Sharia courts might not share Western standards regarding the place of women and some other things but if both parties agree to accepting a Sharia Court’s results and its verdicts don’t violate some other US laws like cutting off body parts, I’m wondering why that wouldn’t be allowed under the First Amendment.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Why are Jewish courts acceptable in jewish enclaves such as NYC and the Muslims are DENIED their Sharia courts in any manner?

    • Stephen Barlow

      But the Amish DO NOT violate their god. They render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. They obey the law of the land. But most importantly, they obey the commandment to let sinner’s sin.

      Then shun each other to keep themselves safe from the defector’s ‘sin’, but the defector is always welcomed back if they repent.

      Wonder howMike Huckabee would treat his gay son?

  • billball

    Do you people want to be American or a bunch of descriptive words? If so, let’s start with liar, fat, thin, black, white, etc. What the fuck is this, grammar school? Grow up America!

  • Sunnysmom

    How this asshole and his ilk can’t clearly see how much in common nut-job Christians have with nut-job Muslims is beyond me. Half the shit that comes out of the far right-wing Christians is tantamount to Sharia Law.

  • surfjac

    “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).”
    Tell me that doesn’t apply to christianity so I can say, “Bullshit”
    Most people believe this is a democracy with Constitution that is based on equality for all even though it wasn’t “equality for all” when it was written. If you equate this democracy with ‘christianity’, how do you not say the same thing about America? However, this democracy is rapidly approaching a facist state with oligarchs and zenophobes making idiotic statements that have no basis in reality. The idiocracy is coming folks. Enjoy!

  • Eg Kbbs

    Not only the 1st Amendment, but also the 14th Amendment (basically, if you’re a citizen you have the rights of being a citizen. Same amendment that is making the anti-gay marriage laws fall like flies – and the case against some sort of anti-muslim law seems to me to be clearer).

  • FD Brian

    Nice, another politician that wraps himself in the flag and then wipes his ass with the constitution. What a dick.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Yuck!! but true.

  • Bill Grant

    “Most people think Islam is a religion…blah, blah, blah….military, legal and religious components.” Based on the way that most conservatives act, the exact same thing could be said of Christianity, so therefore it shouldn’t be protected either.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Considering where he is from, this douchenozzle with most likely get elected BECAUSE he said this. There, being RIGHT has nothing to do with being ELECTED.