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Jody Hice is likely headed to Congress. He also thinks the First Amendment should not cover Islam.

Get to know the name Jody Hice. Unless something very surprising happens, he's going to be a member of Congress next year.

Hice, a Baptist minister and conservative radio show host, has also said the First Amendment should not cover Islam, once likened being born gay with being born violent and said it is okay for women to hold positions of power in politics, so long they are within their husband's authority.

In short, he's stoked quite a bit of controversy.

Hice won the Republican runoff Tuesday in Georgia's heavily conservative 10th district. He will be a heavy favorite in November to succeed Rep. Paul Broun (R), who ran for the U.S. Senate unsuccessfully.

Broun is no stranger to stoking controversy with his words, either. He once said, “All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell.” He also accused President Obama of upholding the “Soviet constitution.”

Broun endorsed Hice in the runoff.

Here's a sampling of some of the positions Hice has adopted over the years:

— Hice asked on the radio last year: "To say that a person is born gay, if we are going to go down that path, then what is going to stop us from saying that a person is just born violent, and so we're going to give them a pass and protect them from having any intervention therapy preventing that violence?"

— He once also said "homosexuals have the right to be married” just not “to one another."

— In Hice's 2012 book "It's Now Or Never: A Call to Reclaim America," Hice writes: "Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more than a simple religious ideology. It is a complete geo-political structure, and as such, does not deserve First Amendment protection."

— In 2004, Hice, speaking about women holding political power, told the Athens Banner-Herald: "If the woman's within the authority of her husband, I don't see a problem."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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