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Ark. GOP Candidates: “Slavery was a blessing in disguise,” and “Solution to ‘Muslim Problem’ is to Expel them from the USA”

These racist and religiously bigoted statements have currency with a significant number of individuals, that is why these backward candidates feel bold enough to make them. Imagine someone talking about the “Jewish Problem,” parallels would rightly be made to the Nazi era.

Hat tip goes to JD who also asks, “When did the right wing establishment start to distance themselves from these comments, was it after the ‘slavery comments’ or the ‘Muslim comments,” were they no OK with one and OK with the other?”

In any case it is good to see leading Republicans in the state condemn and distance themselves from these two.:

Ark. GOP calls candidates’ statements ‘offensive’

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative’s assertion that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” and a Republican state House candidate who advocates deporting all Muslims.

The claims were made in books written, respectively, by Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville. Those books received attention on Internet news sites Friday.

On Saturday, state GOP Chairman Doyle Webb called the books “highly offensive.” And U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, a Republican who represents northeast Arkansas, called the writings “divisive and racially inflammatory.”

Hubbard wrote in his 2009 self-published book, “Letters To The Editor: Confessions Of A Frustrated Conservative,” that “the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise.” He also wrote that African-Americans were better off than they would have been had they not been captured and shipped to the United States.

Fuqua, who served in the Arkansas House from 1996 to 1998, wrote there is “no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States,” in his 2012 book, titled “God’s Law.”

Fuqua said Saturday that he hadn’t realized he’d become a target within his own party, which he said surprised him.

“I think my views are fairly well-accepted by most people,” Fuqua said before hanging up, saying he was busy knocking on voters’ doors. The attorney is running against incumbent Democratic Rep. James McLean in House District 63.

Hubbard, a marketing representative, didn’t return voicemail messages seeking comment Saturday. He is running against Democrat Harold Copenhaver in House District 58.

The November elections could be a crucial turning point in Arkansas politics. Democrats hold narrow majorities in both chambers, but the GOP has been working hard to swing the Legislature its way for the first time since the end of the Civil War, buoyed by picking up three congressional seats in 2010. Their efforts have also been backed by an influx of money from national conservative groups.

Rep. Crawford said Saturday he was “disappointed and disturbed.”

“The statements that have been reported portray attitudes and beliefs that would return our state and country to a harmful and regrettable past,” Crawford said.

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., kicked off the GOP’s response Saturday by issuing a release, saying the “statements of Hubbard and Fuqua are ridiculous, outrageous and have no place in the civil discourse of either party.”

“Had I known of these statements, I would not have contributed to their campaigns. I am requesting that they give my contributions to charity,” said Griffin, who donated $100 to each candidate.

The Arkansas Republican House Caucus followed, saying the views of Hubbard and Fuqua “are in no way reflective of, or endorsed by, the Republican caucus. The constituencies they are seeking to represent will ultimately judge these statements at the ballot box.”

Then Webb, who has spearheaded the party’s attempt to control the Legislature, said the writings “were highly offensive to many Americans and do not reflect the viewpoints of the Republican Party of Arkansas. While we respect their right to freedom of expression and thought, we strongly disagree with those ideas.”

Webb, though, accused state Democrats of using the issue as a distraction.

Democrats themselves have been largely silent, aside from the state party’s tweet and Facebook post calling attention to the writings. A Democratic Party spokesman didn’t immediately return a call for comment Saturday.

The two candidates share other political and religious views on their campaign websites.

Hubbard, who sponsored a failed bill in 2011 that would have severely restricted immigration, wrote on his website that the issue is still among his priorities, as is doing “whatever I can to defend, protect and preserve our Christian heritage.”

Fuqua blogs on his website. One post is titled, “Christianity in Retreat,” and says “there is a strange alliance between the liberal left and the Muslim religion.”

“Both are antichrist in that they both deny that Jesus is God in the flesh of man, and the savior of mankind. They both also hold that their cause should take over the entire world through violent, bloody, revolution,” the post says.

In a separate passage, Fuqua wrote “we now have a president that has a well documented history with both the Muslim religion and Communism.”

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  • I truly appreciate his honesty. And he is correct, he didnt think these views were outrageous, but that everyone thought like this. And they do. Though they may not say it.

    What is the difference between annhilating the First Nation people of this hemisphere (American Indians), and dropping white phosphorous and drones and daisy cutters on the Muslims in Pakistan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Iraq?

    These people believe they are God’s gift to mankind and will invade and kill anyone to prove it.

  • Crow

    Deport them both back to whatever europian holeas their ansestors crawled out of and then sell them both into slavery. Poetic justice

  • Reynardine

    Mr. Fuqua is appropriately named. :'(

  • @Stella

    About my comment, in case you can’t tell, I was being sarcastic. I wasn’t justifying slavery, especially the race based slavery we had in the south.

  • Stella

    @ Critical Dragon,

    Even asserting that ‘blacks have it better because they got to be citizens’ runs into the hypothetical: had America never participated in the slave trade to begin with, would it have ever reached the level of hegemony and influence (for itself and for Europe) that laid the foundation for later exploitation across Africa? If not, would societies of Africa be better off than Americans today? No way to tell.

    Giving any credit to that sort of statement is like saying “The Holocaust was a good thing for Jews, because they ended up with Israel eventually!”
    I don’t see any way a person could justify slavery as a good thing for black people in America, just my opinion.

  • Stella

    Since the right is always demanding that Muslims pour out into the street to denounce hardcore rhetoric and/or violence carried out by Muslims (or people just presumed to be Muslim) and often roundly ignore those gestures when they are made, shouldn’t we be demanding that ALL Republicans (or at least the establishment GOP Party heads) come out and make it clear to the public that they DO NOT support these views? I would like to know what exactly the GOP platform on minorities and Muslims is and what it means. It seems like they have been hedging their bets on what they believe (Muslims=OK, free to practice, we just need to be a little suspicious of them VS. deport Muslims, halt mosque construction, legislate ‘anti-shariah’) and perhaps the sentiments they share in private are finally coming up for air.. Since those on the right are always so quick to DEMAND Muslims come out to denounce extreme views from Muslims (no matter how marginal they are) I think it is time we start making the same demands of Conservatives: WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE OF MUSLIMS AND WHAT IS YOUR OFFICIAL PLATFORM? The public is dying to know.

  • Yes of course blacks benefited from slavery because they eventually got to be US citizens, never mind that blacks that were enslaved never got US citizenship, even the ones in the US, and never mind how even after they got it, Blacks were still discriminated against, in many cases by law, and groups like the Klan engaged in terrorism to stop them from exorcising their right vote. Yes ignore all that Jon Hubbard.

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  • mindy1

    And to think, they are supposed to be representatives of their states 😯

  • Bob

    Of course Islam is not the only religion that denies that “Jesus is God in the flesh of man.” I’m sure these Grand Kleagles would love to attack Jews for the same “antichrist” behavior, but their faux “commitment to shared Judeo-Christian values” is holding them back.

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