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Republican Candidate Says Gays Should Be Stoned

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It sounds like satire, but it’s sadly not. Oklahoma state house candidate, Republican Scott Esk wrote on Facebook just last summer that homosexuals are “worthy of death” and should be stoned.

He further claimed later that violence against gays is “in the old testament under a law that came directly from God.”

The fact of the matter is considerably more ambiguous. Scholars of religion point to numerous interpretations of the passage, and note that fact that Rabbis of the Second Temple Era, 2,000 years ago, were utterly silent about carrying out such a death sentence for homosexuals. This would seem to indicate that the infamous Biblical passage had less than lethal interpretations historically.

Esk’s messages on Facebook were commentary on a story about Pope Francis asking “who am I to judge” gay priests. Apparently Esk’s answer was that he was not only the judge of homosexuals, but the jury and executioner as well.

A commenter asked, “So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)?” Esk responded to this in the affirmative.

“I think we would be totally in the right to do it,” he replied. “That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”

“If men wink at such perversions, God may have no choice than to judge such nations with calamities.”

Later, a local magazine editor asked Esk to clarify. He then explained that this was “God’s law” but that God has “no plans to, you know, reinstitute that in Oklahoma law,” further confirming Esk’s delusions that he has two-way communications with the “Man upstairs” (if such an analogy suits you).

“I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins,” he continued.

In spite of being pro-execution for homosexuality, Esk describes himself as “100% pro-life” and “100% Traditional Family Values” on his campaign website. As well, in spite of his clarification that God doesn’t want to implement Biblical law in Oklahoma, his website (Esk’s, not God’s), reads: “I look forward to applying Biblical principles to Oklahoma law.”

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