The results of the mid-term elections in the United States have surpassed even some of the wilder speculations of the US media by handing the Republican Party not just solid majority control of the senate but also of state legislatures and governorships up and down the country (even in the electoral heartlands of the Democrat Party). This is all the more remarkable when one considers the calibre of the some of the GOP candidates, men and women who would not be uncomfortable in the ranks of our own dear DUP or UUP. Back in July the columnist Matthew Pulver of the Georgia-based Flag Pole website took a long hard look at one of the Republican candidates, evangelical Baptist minister Jody Hice, and this is what he discovered:
“If you’d like to know what Hice believes, he wrote a book in 2012 called It’s Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America. It’s crazy. I read it, so you don’t have to.
It takes Hice a mere four pages to equate his political vision with that of Hamas. He’s trying to do the opposite, of course—Hice is predictably anti-Muslim—but he chooses this quote from Hamas founder Mahmoud al-Zahar to introduce the book’s central thesis: “The West brought all this freedom to its people, but it is that freedom that has brought about the death of morality in the West.”
…Hice is pretty much in agreement: “‘Freedom’ within any context other than a Judeo-Christian one only leads to corruption…”
What are the freedoms destroying our freedom? First off are the reproductive rights of women. Hice quotes President Ronald Reagan (but not before ol’ al-Zahar), warning that “we cannot survive as a free nation” if abortion remains legal.
But as LGBT rights have largely superseded abortion as the cause célèbre of social conservatism, so Hice devotes the next two chapters to the national existential threat posed by LGBT Americans.
Forcing a Christian businessperson to serve a gay customer, writes Hice, is tantamount to “forcing an African American to participate in a KKK meeting.” Is it?
…“Some ask the question, ‘How does same-sex ‘marriage’ threaten your marriage?’ The answer is similar to asking, ‘How does a trashy neighborhood affect you?’” Yes, he just compared gay Americans to trash. That really happened.
Chapter Five appears to be about Satanists taking over. I’m not quite sure; I got scared and quit reading it.
And now that he has his readers scared and angry, Hice starts talking guns. And not just pistols and hunting rifles—Hice seems ready to legalize .50 cals and streetsweepers. It’s not about hunting for Hice; it’s about revolt against a tyrannical government.
Oh, hey, did you hear about the Muslim Brotherhood’s plan to take over America? This is a real thing, according to Hice.
I learned a ton about Islam from Hice. For instance, did you know that “when taken in its entirety, Islam is not a religion”? That’s why it “does not deserve First Amendment protection.”
After all the hyperventilating about Muslim takeovers, Hice devotes the following chapter to another religious threat, the “Christian left,” or “pseudo-Christians.”
Prepare to tremble at the threat of the new Christians. Hice chillingly describes a Christian festival which featured “various genres of music, yoga, liberal speakers and an open attempt to embrace gays and lesbians…”
Hice’s ideal is all the way back in the nation’s earliest years, when “there were virtually no regulations or income taxes.” Hice offers a prescriptive package near the furthest right end of the Tea Party spectrum: the Fair Tax (a national sales tax), abolition of the IRS, severe cuts in spending, an end to “environmental despotism” and a return to the gold standard. And, of course, the “welfare state” should essentially be eliminated.
Hice concludes with three chapters imploring the rise of political clerics. Do you like the idea of a clerical regime but hate the idea of going to church on Friday? Cancel that ticket to Iran, then, and consider Christian nationalism right here at home. Hice spends a lot of ink talking about how good it was during the 1740s, when puritanical American colonists got even way more Christian-y. A vote for Hice is apparently a vote for a government ruling according to the principles of mid-18th Century theology.”
Jody Hice was comfortably elected as a congressman for the Georgia 10th district on Tuesday and will enter the US House of Representatives next January.