Oklahoma candidate: Stone the gays

Scott Esk (R) is a candidate for Ohlakoma’s 91st State Representative District, where he is running for an open seat.  As noted by The Moore Daily, Esk has come under fire for making Facebook comments which imply he thinks it is okay to stone homosexuals:

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As noted in this comment thread, Esk quotes the Bible and says that “Men were commanded to put guilty parties to death who were guilty of certain acts, like homosexuality.”  When asked if he thought society should execute homosexuals, Esk responded, “I think we would be totally right to do it.” Esk also added, “I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it.”

Incidentally, the comments can still be found on Esk’s Facebook page.

Esk would later clarify that he did believe the Bible condoned death by stoning, but fear not, because, “I have no plans to reinstitute that in Oklahoma law.

In other Facebook comments, Esk has stated:

  • Local governments should be allowed to institute laws punishing gays so that 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.”
  • Doctors who perform abortions should be punished “severely.”
  • Federal government employees should be punished for trying to execute provisions of Obamacare.
  • Education funding should be cut, as funding education is not a proper role of government.
  • The EPA, FDA, OSHA and more are unconstitutional and should be eliminated.
  • Jury trials should be enacted for divorces.

So…not really too sure where to go here.  This is one heck of a (horrifying) story and I will be very curious to see how Esk does in the June 24 primary.

Sometimes, providing the social media “lesson” isn’t appropriate.  Clearly, Mr. Esk has issues that go well beyond appropriate use of Facebook.

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