Target: Georgia Congressman-elect Jody Hice
Goal: Demand Cogressman-elect Jody Hice apologize for his statements about Islam, women, abortion, and gay people
Jody Hice, who was recently elected to the United States House of Representatives, has a history of saying bigoted things about a whole range targets so often focused on by fringe conservatives–Muslims, women, and gay people. Come January, he will be sworn into office. Demand that he show some humility and retract his statements about these groups before he actually comes into a position of power.
Jody Hice, a radio talk show host, author, and Baptist minister, was recently elected a representative for Georgia’s 10th District. Of course, assuming his district has women, Muslims, and gay people in it, he seems woefully ill-equipped to represent them well. Hice has stated about Islam that it is not a religion but a “totalitarian geo-political system that has a religious component” and that it does not deserve First Amendment protection. About women and women’s issues, Hice has said that he doesn’t have a problem with a woman running for public office as long as she has her husband’s permission to do so, and has written that legal abortion in America is worse than the Holocaust. About gay people, he has held on to the concept of homosexuality as a mental disorder akin to drug and alcohol addiction, and has said that gay people are compelled to abuse children because it’s part of the “gay manifesto.”
These quotes are, unfortunately, just a drop in the bucket for Congressman-elect Hice. Sign the petition below to demand that he apologize for his remarks about Islam, women, and the gay community before he is sworn into office.
Dear Congressman-elect Hice,
I am writing you today about some of the comments you have made in the past about women, Muslims, and gay people. These comments were extremely problematic.
You would like to deny American Muslims the first amendment protections they deserve because you don’t consider Islam a religion, and you think that there are 200 Muslim organizations here in the United States that answer directly to the Muslim Brotherhood and that are trying to instate Sharia Law. You think that it’s fine for women to run for public office as long as they have their husband’s permission, and you’ve said that legal access to abortion in America is worse than Nazi Germany systematically exterminating over six million Jews. You think that gay people are mentally ill and after our children. These views are very antagonistic, not constructive, and go against all evidence and research, to say nothing of bigoted.
Is this how you plan to conduct yourself in Congress? Your remarks leave little room for doubt. Assuming there are some people who belong to these communities in your district, it is in your best interest (as well as theirs) to apologize for and retract these deeply offensive and misguided comments. Please do the right thing and go into your term of office on a proactive, constructive note.
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