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 celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.