On Sunday night, newly elected Congressman Clay Higgins of Louisiana posted a Facebook screed in response to the London terror attacks calling on “all of Christendom” to go to war with “Islamic horror.” He said that suspects should not be “granted any measure of quarter” and that “for the sake of all that is good and righteous,” we must “kill them all.”
Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, issued the following statement in response:
“Rep. Higgins built his reputation as being a tough-talking law enforcement officer, but having taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, he should himself be subject to its laws. In addition to endorsing murder, his outrageous statements propose violating numerous provisions of the Constitution, including due process and the prohibition on establishing an official religion.
“This clear violation of his oath, as well as his encouragement of blatantly illegal actions, make him unfit for office. The citizens of Louisiana’s Third District are entitled to representation that sets a standard of integrity and lawfulness, regardless of policy positions. The House of Representatives itself is sullied by tolerating such rhetoric and conduct by one of its numbers. He is an embarrassment – and worse – to his 434 colleagues.
“Interfaith Alliance is calling on Rep. Higgins to resign from office or be expelled from the House of Representatives. The United States can and must uphold the Constitution as it safeguards citizens from threats. Those who would trample our freedoms in their supposed defense have no business serving in public office.”
Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.