A conservative Christian Tea Party Republican candidate running for the Oklahoma House of Representatives says he is OK with stoning gays to death. Scott Esk reportedly said in a Facebook conversation, “I think we would be totally in the right” to stone gay people to death. He also quoted the bible — including Leviticus 20:13 — and added, “ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss.”
The Facebook conversation was ignited by a posting of Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge?” comments last year. Esk apparently believes he is capable.
Rob Morris of local Oklahoma news site Moore Monthly spoke with Esk, who did not back from from his support of stoning gays to death.
Esk insisted that stoning “was done under the Old Testament, a law that came directly from God.” And while Esk says he has “no plans to reinstitute” stoning gays to death, he says he has “some huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins.”
In another Facebook conversation, Esk said, “I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it.”
Dan Simpson at Firebrand Progressives reports that on Facebook, Esk, “goes on to claim that if we don’t start killing off homosexuals that God may send a series of ‘calamities’ to nations who do not. So, in other words, every time there is a natural disaster, Esk has given himself the right to claim that it’s because we don’t follow an Old Testament Bible verse and stone gays and lesbians to death.”
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