When it comes to imagining oneself a “Libertarian,” a “Republican,” or even “Tea Party” advocate politician, one Oklahoma Bible thumping religious nut case has broken the mold.
This guy wants local community governments in America to enjoy the power to decide whether to kill people who don’t obey God’s laws in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible.
That’s right. Scott Esk, a Tea Party Republican candidate for the 91st district seat in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, believes that gays should be stoned to death, but wants to leave the issue up to local communities to decide because, he explains, he's "largely libertarian."
Oklahoma voters approved a constitutional amendment banning Sharia law in 2010, a measure later ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, so Esk, who doesn’t oppose religion-based law, thinks it’s perfectly proper to do it so long as the religion is Judeo-Christian. Let’s make the Holy Bible the law of the land in Oklahoma, he reckons. Let’s govern Oklahoma according to Biblical principles.
His God plainly says in the Holy Bible that homosexuality is an "abomination." God prescribes execution by stoning as the punishment for gays. That's perfectly fine with Esk. He has posted Facebook comments expressing his support for stoning gays to death.
"I think we would be totally in the right to do it," he wrote. "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."
Yes, I think that does go against some parts of libertarianism. I can’t think of any parts of libertarianism, or republicanism, or even teapartyism that advocate stoning gays to death.
"I would hope that libertarians who don't think perversion should be punished in any way between consenting adults would be open-minded and look at the different results between a state that ignores it and one that punishes it severely. And within a state, cities and communities may well have different policies, and I cheer that. That way, people can decide for themselves whether they want to live in a particular community based in part on how things like this are dealt with," Esk explained.
Yes, maybe we libertarians need to be a little more open minded about the prospect of killing people who were innocently born gay. I’ll have to think about that.
It’s curious that Mr. Esk, just like so many other fanatical Christian Bible thumpers, focuses his religious psychosis only on homosexuality and not upon any of the dozens of other death penalty “sins” mentioned by God in the Holy Bible.
Why is it that these perennial nut cases always pick on the gays but never the witches or the little kids who talk back to their mom’s and dad’s?
Why doesn’t he want to kill gluttons; whores; blasphemers; non-believers, and all the other sinners among us?
The answer to that is that he probably does. He really wants to kill everyone who refuses to believe as he does. He just thinks it’s a good idea right now, you know, to get himself elected, politically, from a strictly Libertarian, Republican Tea Party perspective, to start with the gays.