Oklahoma GOP Candidate Scott Esk: Homosexuality ‘Worthy of Death,’ Let Cities Decide on Stoning Gays
A Tea Party Republican candidate for Oklahoma’s 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’s “largely libertarian.”
Muslims make up just 0.8 percent of Oklahoma’s population. But that did not stop the state’s voters from approving a constitutional amendment banning Islamic Sharia law in 2010, a measure later ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.
But Scott Esk, who is running for the 91st district seat in the state House of Representatives, is not against theocracy, just Muslim theocracy. The Tea Party candidate, who is also a member of the far-right John Birch Society, wants to govern Oklahoma according to Biblical principles.
The Bible, which many Oklahomans believe to be the literal word of the Abrahamic deity figure ‘God,’ states that homosexuality is an “abomination” and explicitly prescribes execution by stoning as the punishment for gay sex.
That’s perfectly fine with Esk.
Moore, Oklahoma journalist Rob Morris has posted Facebook comments by Esk in which the candidate expresses support for stoning gays to death.
“I think we would be totally in the right to do it,” wrote Esk. “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.”
“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.”
KFOR reports Morris interviewed Esk about this and the candidate’s other shocking statements.
“What I will tell you right now is that was done in the Old Testament under a law that came directly from God. And in that time, it was totally just, it came directly from God,” Esk said of stoning gays to death. “I have no plans to, you know, reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kind of sins.”