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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”

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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.”


  1. “in his 2012 book, titled “God’s Law.”” anyone who thinks they know “god’s law” is crazy and scary. oh no, some might see my staement as blasphemy, oh well. as for slavery i thought the muslim’s and “god” are onboard with slavery.

    [4.24] And all married women except those whom your right hands possess (this is) Allah’s ordinance to you, and lawful for you are (all women) besides those, provided that you seek (them) with your property, taking (them) in marriage not committing fornication. Then as to those whom you profit by, give them their dowries as appointed; and there is no blame on you about what you mutually agree after what is appointed; surely Allah is Knowing, Wise.
    [4.25] And whoever among you has not within his power ampleness of means to marry free believing women, then (he may marry) of those whom your right hands possess…

    ““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.”” sounds like he believes in the curse of canaan.

    this is what you get when you put your faith in ancient superstitions. maybe an angel revealed that book to him?

  2. If the muslims didn’t have a christian/Jewish/amadi/shia/sunni/sufi/kurd problem, maybe some people wouldn’t have a muslim problem.

    Yes, theocracy is hell.

  3. Hateful, stupid remarks are always offensive. But this is coming from an elected official and a man who apparently wants to be elected, which means both men think such remarks are popular. This doesn’t speak well for Arkansas, of course. What’s worse is that such comments, seen by people outside the United States, are often seen as representative of the opinions of the whole country. Maybe politics brings out the worst possible bigotry in some people nowadays.

  4. These guys are KKK members in disguise if you ask me!

  5. I think it is important that people are allowed to express their ignorant, hateful and bigoted ideas in a public forum. I see it as an infection; if we can see the symptoms, it is an opportunity to apply antiviral, germicide or antibacterial treatments and perhaps halt its progress. When these things are allowed to fester under the skin they may spread and be discovered only when they erupt as a fatal illness. The saddest part of these statements is that the speakers actually believe them. I think the vast majority of reasonable and compassionate people will see these remarks for what they really are. Rather than hated, I think people with these opinions should be pitied because they must cope with a diverse world, the understanding of which is beyond their diminished mental capacity.

  6. Chrystine,

    i agree totally. this is why freedom of speech must be protected.

    “Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and – as it did here – inflict great pain. On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker. As a Nation we have chosen a different course – to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate. That choice requires that we shield Westboro from tort liability for its picketing in this case.”

  7. Maybe we should extend the protection of assembly to outdoor events.

  8. Ron,

    “Hateful, stupid remarks are always offensive.” so what do you think of the koran calling non-muslims cattle. or rather worse than cattle?

  9. It is madness to import people who have a hit list on the rest of the world. Muslims are obviously attacking Jews, amadis, women, etc., wait till it really gets going. Muslims will visit on the rest of the world the idiot violence they cultivate in their own places.

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