An Arkansas Tea Party Republican state representative, Loy Mauch, is under fire for advocating slavery, calling Abraham Lincoln a “Marxist,” and claiming the Confederate flag is “a symbol of Christian liberty vs. the new world order.” Mauch is backed by the Arkansas Republican Party, and has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), by two Republican U.S. Congressmen — Steve Womack and Tim Griffin — and by the Arkansas Right to Life PAC, according to a report at Think Progress:
In letters to the Democrat-Gazette, Mauch vehemently defended slavery and repeatedly suggested Jesus condoned it:
If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861?
The South has always stood by the Constitution and limited government. When one attacks the Confederate Battle Flag, he is certainly denouncing these principles of government as well as Christianity.
His other letters call Abraham Lincoln a Marxist and celebrate the Confederate flag as “a symbol of Christian liberty vs. the new world order.” He also organized a conference in 2004 praising John Wilkes Booth and calling for the removal of an Abraham Lincoln statue. Mauch has beensupported mainly by contributions from the Republican Party and other Arkansas candidates.
Earlier this year, on his website Mauch falsely claimed:
The paradox of modern liberalism’s attitude toward crime and the law-abiding citizen is nowhere more pronounced than in the realm of the right to bear arms. Strange as it may seem, at a time when this country is awash in crime, the Federal government’s primary method of attacking crime is to infringe upon the constitutional right of the law-abiding citizen to keep and bear arms! At a time when crime often goes unpunished, the lawful citizen is having his/her constitutional right to keep and bear arms violated by the Federal government. Millions of Americans are injured, maimed, or killed by violent criminals each year, yet the Federal government’s reaction is to initiate actions that will eventually lead to the confiscation of all firearms from law-abiding citizens and the 2nd Amendment be burned and buried.
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