Jody Hice is a Baptist minister from Georgia who is one of two candidates in a runoff election for the Republican nomination to replace Rep. Paul Broun, one of the most extremist members of the House. If Hice gets in, he’ll be a giant step sideways from Broun. Right Wing Watch chronicles some of his more bizarre and idiotic statements.
Hice weighed in on a 2004 Athens Banner-Herald story on an increase in women holding political office in Georgia, saying that he didn’t “see a problem” with a woman entering politics as long as she’s “within the authority of her husband.”
”If the woman’s within the authority of her husband, I don’t see a problem,” Dr. Jody Hice of the Bethlehem First Baptist church in Barrow County said of women in positions of political power.
How magnanimous of you! Women can run for office as long as they have permission from their husband, you say. What about single women? Or shouldn’t they exist?
In his book, Hice writes that “[a]lthough Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology. It is a complete geo-political structure, and as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”
Yeah, it’s a good thing Christianity isn’t political at all or we’d have — oh, I don’t know, I’m just spitballing here — Baptist ministers running for Congress and demanding theocratic laws or something crazy like that.
In an August, 2013, radio program, Hice lamented that “you can’t even speak against a person who is a cross-dresser or a man who wants to believe himself to be a woman” without being convicted of a “hate crime.”
Hmmm. There’s a word for that kind of statement. I’m trying to think of it. Oh yeah: Lie. It’s a ridiculous lie.
Hice made his name in Georgia as the head of Ten Commandments-Georgia, whose goal is to display copies of the Ten Commandments at public buildings throughout the state. Hice led the battle to display a copy of the Ten Commandments in Barrow County, raising money to pay tens of thousands of dollars to Virginia attorney Herb Titus (who has since become a birther activist), but sticking the county with the $150,000 in legal fees it was ordered to pay to the ACLU.
At a November, 2003, rally for a bill drafted by Titus and Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore that would have stripped federal courts of the ability to decide many church-state separation cases, Hice declared, ”We need to send a message — we are sick and tired of our freedoms being hijacked by judicial terrorists.”
Yes, judicial terrorists! Or as reasonable people call them, judges who disagree with you.