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.”