US Tea Party politician praises stoning gays


This video from the USA is called GOP Candidate Scott Esk: Let Cities Decide Whether Gays Should Be Stoned To Death.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Oklahoma Tea Party candidate claims: ‘Stoning gays was a law that came direct from God’

Facebook post quoted biblical verse sanctioning the execution of homosexuals

Tim Walker, Los Angeles

Thursday 12 June 2014

A Tea Party candidate running for office in Oklahoma has appeared to endorse the practice of stoning gay people to death.

Last year, Scott Esk, who is in the race to represent the 91st district in the State House, responded to a friend’s Facebook post about the Pope’s stance on gay people by copying and pasting Bible verses including Leviticus 20:13, which describes homosexuality as “detestable” and demands gay people be “put to death”.

When asked by another Facebook user whether he supported executing homosexuals by stoning, Mr Esk replied: “That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realise, and I’m largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”

This week, the Oklahoma magazine Moore Monthly uncovered the posts from 2013, and invited Mr Esk to clarify his position. Stoning gay people, Mr Esk said in a phone interview, was “done in the Old Testament under a law that came directly from God” he said, adding: “And in that time there it was totally just. It came directly from God.

“I have no plans to reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins.”

Mr Esk continued: “I know what was done in the Old Testament and what was done back then was what’s just… And I do stand for Biblical morality.”

While Oklahoma is a largely conservative state, Rob Morris, the publisher of Moore Monthly, said he had never met any other Oklahomans who held views comparable to Mr Esk’s.

“Even people that don’t agree with things like gay marriage… nobody wants the death penalty for gays,” Mr Moore told RawStory.com.

Oklahoma introduced a ban on same-sex marriage in 2004. The law was overturned in January 2014 by a federal judge in Tulsa, who declared the ban unconstitutional. His decision was stayed, pending an appeal. Earlier this year one Oklahoma Republican, state Representative Mike Turner, suggested the state do away with all marriages, including heterosexual marriages, saying it was the only way to keep same-sex marriage illegal while also upholding the US Constitution.

Though there is no recent polling readily available on the level of support for same-sex marriage in the state, The Atlantic magazine has estimated, based on existing data that, in 2012, 35 per cent of Oklahomans supported same-sex marriage.

See also here.

27 thoughts on “US Tea Party politician praises stoning gays

  1. Pingback: Stoning gays to death on religious grounds? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Most US voters stay away from primaries | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: United States singer Ani DiFranco interviewed | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Marine Le Pen abuses Ebola scare for anti-African racism | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: British disabled people, from Atos frying pan into Maximus fire? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Kill all gays, ‘reverend’ United States preacher preaches | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Stop anti-Semitism | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Ukip Christians call LGBTQ people ‘depraved sodomites’ | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Neo-nazism in Germany | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: North Carolina Ku Klux Klan doughnuts in England? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Islamophobic violence in the USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: United States politician’s suicide because of Republican colleague’s anti-Semitism | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: United States Republican politician Rudy Giuliani, animated cartoon | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: United States religious fundamentalist’s half-retraction of ‘stone gays’ advocacy | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for United States President? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: United States presidential election, democracy or plutocracy? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: Drone assassination news | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: United States religious fundamentalist blames gay people for drought | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: George W Bush’s homophobic little brother | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: United States Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Scott Walker | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  21. Pingback: United States Republican Donald Trump’s anti-Latin American racism | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  22. Pingback: British Ukip and United States Breitbart site | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  23. Pingback: Will Donald Trump’s money make him president of the USA? | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s