A Republican House candidate in Georgia is making the same idiotic argument made by far-right bigots like Frank Gaffney, claiming that Islam is not a religion but a political ideology and therefore does not deserve First Amendment protections.
Jody Hice, a Baptist minister and talk-radio host, is running for Congress in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District as a stern defender of the First Amendment and religious freedom. But that freedom does not apply to those of the Muslim faith.
“Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology,” Hice wrote in his 2012 book. “It is a complete geo-political structure and, as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection.”
Hice believes that the Muslim Brotherhood is infiltrating the United States, with the intent to impose Sharia law on all of us.
Secondly, that it’s a Baptist minister and Christian righter making this argument makes it staggeringly hypocritical. Seriously, does he think Christianity in this country is not also highly political? We have politicians justifying public policy solely on the basis of their religious beliefs every single day. He’s a minister running for Congress on a theocratic platform himself, for crying out loud.