Your Republican Party (Twenty-First Century Edition)

The American conundrum: Too stupid for freedom?

So … right. And then there’s this:

A Republican candidate seeking to represent Georgia’s 10th U.S. House district believes that the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty does not apply to followers of Islam.

“Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology,” Rev. Jody Hice wrote in his 2012 book It’s Now Or Never, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”


Laugh it up, fuzzball, but you do realize, this keeps happening?

And, it should be noted, Hice goes on and on. One of his best lines would seem to be, “This is not a tolerant, peaceful religion even though some Muslims are peaceful.” Indeed, it is evident in his own words that he defines Islam according to the adjective radical:

“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.”

Ladies and gentlemen, your Republican Party.

Perhaps some might hesitate, and say, Wait a minute, I’m a Republican and …. And that is well and fine, but in that case stop for a moment and consider the presuppositions underlying mainstream Republican outlook on Islam and Muslims. Think about what the Heritage Foundation has become. No, really, remember them? The people who invented Obamacare?

Hice’s absurd perspective is nothing more than a distillation of the underlying conservative outlook on Islam and Muslims. And these days, more and more, yeah, the conservatives are the Republican Party.

So, yeah. This is your Republican Party. Welcome to it.


Dolan, Eric W. “Georgia GOP candidate Jody Hice: Muslims not protected by the First Amendment”. The Raw Story. 23 June 2014.

Sullivan, Amy. “Wait—Freedom of Religion Is For ALL Religions?” The New Republic. 5 July 2012.

Milbank, Dana. “Heritage’s ugly Benghazi panel”. The Washington Post. 16 June 2014.

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