In what seems to be an increasingly common twisting of the supreme law of our land, a Georgia Republican says that the First Amendment doesn’t apply to Muslims. Jody Hice, a candidate for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, believes that Islam is a geo-political structure, not a religion, and therefore, is not entitled to First Amendment protection.
Hice is looking to replace Congressman Paul Broun, who is also a complete idiot when it comes to religion and the Constitution. Broun said, earlier this year that, if he was elected to retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss’ seat, he would only vote for biblical laws. Thankfully, Broun lost that election, and is now looking for a job.
Right Wing Watch has a list of stupid things that Hice believes. Hice is a Baptist pastor who thinks that women should get permission from their husbands before they run for public office. He thinks that mass shootings are because we’ve kicked God out of public schools (where he shouldn’t be, anyway). He thinks that judges who rule that displaying the Ten Commandments in public buildings and schools is unconstitutional are “judicial terrorists.”
And for Muslims, well, he said the following:
“[Islam is] a totalitarian geopolitical system that has everything within it. It has its own financial system, it has its own military, it has its own government, and—yes—it also has its own religious component. The whole picture of Islam is not just a religion. It is an entire massive geopolitical system. Its intent is to take over the world, to dominate the world.”
He went on to say that only Muslims who didn’t follow all of Islam would be entitled to First Amendment protection. Those who do are the ones who are terrorists, are the ones who’ll try to take over our government and take our freedoms away. He said that they’re counting on our ignorance to accomplish their goals.
Others who’ve tried to put conditions on the First Amendment usually say that freedom of religion only applies to Christianity. There was even a judge in Alabama who said that. Chief Justice Roy Moore, of Alabama’s Supreme Court, said that everybody has been deceived by the word “religion” in the First Amendment, because our founding fathers obviously meant “Christianity” when they said “religion.”
What’s happening now is that people who are sick of having Christianity shoved on them are speaking up, more and more. The tide is shifting, so the religious right is trying to find Constitutional grounds for their brand of dominionism. Many of the totalitarian states of the Middle East are Islam theocracies, yes, but the religious right would like us to be a Christian theocracy. If Islam is a geo-political structure, and not just a religion, then so, too, is the religious right’s brand of Christianity.
Photo: Islamophobia Watch.