A candidate for Oklahoma’s state House considers stoning just punishment for gays.
Last summer Scott Esk, a conservative Republican, responded in a Facebook conversation about Pope Francis’ ‘Who am I to judge gay people?’ statement. Esk quoted from the Old Testament passages where gay sexuality is punished.
According to News Channel Four, Esk was asked if gays should be executed.
‘I think we would be totally in the right to do it,’ the candidate responded. ‘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.’
Recently a magazine editor was working on an article listing the positions of the southern state’s candidates; Esk is running for House District 91.
The editor was alerted to the Facebook comments. He reached out and the candidate amplified his perspective.
‘What I will tell you, right now, is that was done in the Old Testament under a law that came directly from God,’ Esk explained. ‘And in that time, it was totally just, it came directly from God. I have no plans to, you know, reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins.’
On his website, Esk insists ‘rights come from God — not from government…’