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Republican Candidate: Muslims Not Protected by the First Amendment

A Republican candidate running for congress in Georgia’s 10th District wrote a book two years ago in which he claims that Muslims don’t have First Amendment protections.

“Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology,” Jody Hice, a reverend, wrote in his book It’s Not or Never. “It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”

Hice finished in a tie with fellow GOPer Mike Collins in the Republican primary and will face him in a run-off election in July.

This isn’t the first time Hice has gone after Muslims.

In 2011, he told members of the Coweta County Tea Party Patriots, “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.”

“This is not a tolerant, peaceful religion even though some Muslims are peaceful. Radical Muslims believe that Sharia is required by God and must be imposed worldwide. It’s a movement to take over the world by force. A global caliphate is the objective,” he said.

He added, “That’s why Islam would not qualify for First Amendment protection since it’s a geopolitical system. This is a huge thing to realize and I hope you do. This will impact our lives if we don’t get a handle on it.”

Speaking about honor killings and women being stoned for adultery, Hice said, “These things are in no way compatible with the US Constitution. Islam and the Constitution are oceans apart.”

Hice has also previously claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood is “secretly infiltrating the United States in a plot to impose Sharia law on the entire country.”

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  • sunshipballoons

    Even assuming his characterization of Islam is accurate, since when is the discussion/advocacy of a “geopolitical system” not protected by the first amendment. Political speech, no?

    • Amy Washburn

      I think his claim is that the clause protecting religion (the first clause of the first amendment) does not protect Islam, because, in his view, Islam is not a religion, it’s a political system.

      • sunshipballoons

        So, again, assuming that’s true, how does it matter? What protection would Islam have under the religion clause that Hice’s made-up version of Islam doesn’t have under the speech and association clauses?

        • Amy Washburn

          It doesn’t matter. And it isn’t true. That wasn’t my point. My point is that you are misunderstanding *his* point.

          • sunshipballoons

            I don’t misunderstand his point at all. His point is that Islam (as he imagines it exists) isn’t protected by the religion clause of the First Amendment. I say: so what? Even if everything he’s saying is true, Islam is entitled to the same protections it would get if the religion clause did apply because it would be covered by other aspects of the First Amendment.

            And what that I said “isn’t true?” My last post was just a series of questions, so you can’t mean that. Do you think that it isn’t true that the advocacy of a “geopolitical system” and meetings for that purpose are not protected by the speech and assembly clauses of the First Amendment? If so, I don’t really know what else to say to you, because that position is patently absurd and would render those two clauses completely meaningless.

          • Roman Willer

            Recently the Supreme Court upheld that “freedom of speech/expression” applies to political groups. I believe it was Citizens United v. FEC? Bummer for this guy.

  • J. Kevin Michel

    Wow. I wonder if he gets TV through that tin hat!

    • Thomas W. Yale

      Before we went digital, aluminum sheets were supposed to improve reception…

      • fifthdentist

        I see Hice as more of a “white sheets” kind of guy.
        At one time the KKK hated Jews and Catholics almost as much as they hated black people.

  • JellicleCat60

    Ok, ,first off, this fake Christian is reading from the Ten Commandments. If he were just slighty intelligent he would also know that The Constitution is NOT the Ten Commandments and vice versa!! This is what is meant by SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE!! These no-good pus-infect goat rectums of the Reich Wing get all bent out of shape saying Obama doesn’t follow the constitution, but THEY DON’T follow it…idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dave Eatwell

    This doofus needs to read a bit more and lay off Fox News. The “inalienable rights” that are discussed in the founder’s documents inure to each individual from his or her creator, not from the Constitution. Therefore, the Bill of Rights protects every individual, aliens, even Muslims, as well as Christian native-born Americans. Inalienable rights cannot be taken away by any act of Congress or even a majority vote of the people.

  • Andrew Pogue

    Not sure how Christianity is not a world wide geo-political entity

  • Debra Ranson

    You mean, just like the christian religion is trying to do..

  • Niels Erickson

    It is clear Hice has no business running for public office. He is either ignorant of or willfully opposed to the Constitution that he would falsely swear to “support and defend” if elected.

  • UltraL

    Never read the Old Testament, I guess. He seems to look like he’s smart enough to have dressed himself, but…with those comments, I bet his shoes are velcro…