Political Correction

Rep. Gohmert Says Jesus Would Support Muslim Radicalization Hearings

March 11, 2011 11:23 am ET - by Matt Finkelstein

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) didn't get to participate in Rep. Peter King's (R-NY) hearings on the alleged radicalization of American Muslims, but he spoke up earlier this week to offer his full-throated support. During a Wednesday interview on American Family Radio, Gohmert justified the hearings, arguing that Jesus Christ would approve of King's investigation singling out the Muslim community.

"You love your neighbor and all," he said, "but when you are in a position and sworn to defend a country and given that mantle of protecting the country that Romans 13 talks about, then you have an obligation to get to the truth and do whatever you can to protect your people."  

GOHMERT: I'm hopeful that prayers of believers will help keep people strong so we will get at the truth, whatever it is, in its entirety. If you look back again at Jesus' teachings and exactly the way he lived, you find a guy that did not terribly comply with political correctness of the day, and when he found people who were hypocrites he actually would call them hypocrites, uh, snakes, vipers. You don't do that normally. You love your neighbor and all, but when you are in a position and sworn to defend a country and given that mantle of protecting the country that Romans 13 talks about, then you have an obligation to get to the truth and do whatever you can to protect your people. As Christians, I believe with all my heart we are to follow the attitudes, but that's individually. As a nation, as a government, we're supposed to protect the people, we're supposed to punish people, and we need to be about that.

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Gohmert's interpretation of Romans 13 is particularly interesting, given that the passage, if taken literally, pretty clearly condemns the Tea Party protests of which the congressman is so fond:

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

Later in the interview, Gohmert revived his conspiracy theory about "terror babies," acknowledging that he's "been beat up pretty badly" over his unsubstantiated claims. "I don't use the term 'terrorist babies' — that's an oxymoron — but others have — or 'terror babies,'" Gohmert said. "I mean, a baby is a gift of God, it's not a terror."

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