(TFC) – Over the weekend Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins declared war between “all of Christendom” and “Islamic horror.” Higgins went on to call for all “radicalized Islamic suspects” to be hunted down and killed. Higgins’ message came via a Facebook post on his public page and is apparently in response to the recent London terror attacks. The full post states:
“The free world… all of Christendom… is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”
As a former police Captain, Higgins is no stranger to controversy. Captain Higgins gained national attention and was dubbed the “Cajun John Wayne” for Louisiana Crime Stopper videos he scripted and starred in. His videos had an authoritative tone and often used derogatory language while calling out criminals by name. He resigned as a police Captain in 2016 after being ordered to tone down his videos by the local Sheriff. The last video he created and the one that garnered the most controversy featured Higgins front and center holding an automatic rifle while surrounded by a ring of armed men in police and combat uniforms. The ACLU took issue with the nature of the video and argued: “nothing that Mr. Higgins said will make his community safer, but there is much to suggest violations of fundamental rights of all.”
Higgins notoriety as the “Cajun John Wayne” ultimately lead him to a seat in the House of Representatives as a Congressman from the Third District of Louisiana. In December of 2016 Higgins beat the favorite and longtime politician, Scott Angelle, by winning 56.1% of the vote.
Higgins public messages, which often carry an aura of Christian moral superiority, are somewhat in conflict to his personal life. Higgins has been married four times and admits to committing adultery. Additionally, in November of 2016, his ex-wife filed a lawsuit alleging Higgins owes over $140,000 in child support. A statement from his ex-wife’s lawyer calls out the hypocrisy: “This man is putting himself out as a model citizen. But he economically abandoned his children for years and years.”
Before calling for a religious war and the widespread killing of Muslims, perhaps Higgins is due for some personal self-reflection. Or perhaps Higgins should consider the Christian messages of “love thy neighbor” and “love your enemies”.