Meet the Wingnut Candidate: Jody Hice

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.

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  • Evan Brehm

    In most places, Paul Broun would be the craziest man to run for office. In Georgia, he’s just one of the folks.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    This is Georgia, USA not the other foreign ex-Soviet empire nation Georgia where Stalin was born right?

  • grumpyoldfart

    It’s America. Hice will win.

  • Al Dente

    ”We need to send a message — we are sick and tired of our freedoms being hijacked by judicial terrorists.”

    I’m sick and tired of attempts to hijack my freedoms by theocratic authoritarians like Hice.

  • Michael Heath

    Jody Hice thinks there’s been blood moons that signal “world changing events”. http://goo.gl/1arYH8

    And of course, he’s a global warming denialist. How could he not be? http://goo.gl/nVkPr5.

  • alanb

    Women can run for office as long as they have permission from their husband, you say. What about single women?

    I saw this answered many years ago by someone on TBN. (I think it may have been Paula White but my memory is fuzzy.) She said that if you don’t have a husband or a father to be under the authority of, then you need find a male pastor to be under the authority of. Hopefully the pastor will be of the non-rapey kind, but the important thing is to not try to exercise independent judgement.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @3. grumpyoldfart : “It’s America. Hice will win.”

    It’s Amercia Hice won’t win.

    I think and hope. The Yanks (Aussie slang = Americans) know and are better than that.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Amercia – well, hey, Rmoney didn’t!

    Typo. D’oh!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    IM BAFFLED THAT THE SO-CALLED GOP KEEPS PUTTING FORWARD PEOPLE LIKE JODY HIEC AND PAUL BROUN. WITH PROMUSLIN RINO ATHIESTS LIKE THESE ITS NO WONDER THAT CONSERVATIVES ARE STAYING HOME ON ELECTION DAY!!!

  • D. C. Sessions

    How magnanimous of you! Women can run for office as long as they have permission from their husband, you say. What about single women?

    Fathers. If deceased, uncles. If no uncles, brothers. If no brothers, sons. If no sons, the point gets sticky and a priest needs to decide. It could be that until he can find her a husband the priest will choose some other more distant male guardian; if not and he has the time to supervise her then he himself, otherwise he should appoint some other man (that’s what deacons are for, among other things.)

  • caseloweraz

    The Internet Anagram server provides only four anagrams for “Jody Hice,” none worth repeating.

    But it is a different story for “Pastor Jody Hice.” Up to 63,195 are available. Of course, it behooves the seeker to use the advanced function in order to be more selective. In this way I found quite a few good ones in a reasonable time. The best two are: “A dire psycho jot.” and “It’s crap, Joey! D’oh!”

    Honorable mention:

    * Parody cite josh

    * History jape, doc.

    * Tirades chop joy.

    * Aphid Corset Joy ==> Yes, let’s give him an aphid corset. There’s joy in that thought.

  • dingojack

    Oh I dunno, ‘Chide joy’ seems appropriate.

    Dingo

  • daved

    @5

    And of course, he’s a global warming denialist. How could he not be? http://goo.gl/nVkPr5.

    It’s actually a little hard to tell. He’s also in favor of alternative energy, nukes, and “clean coal.” (I’m not sure that last one actually exists, but let’s give it the benefit of the doubt.) His statement has the usual blather about Al Gore etc, but doesn’t outright deny that global warming exists, or that humans have anything to do with it.

    He may have said something dumber elsewhere, of course.

  • John Pieret

    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, … but sticking the county with the $150,000 in legal fees it was ordered to pay to the ACLU.

    But we all know that the Republican Party is focused like a laser on creating jobs … for the ACLU!