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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Republican Endorses Death Penalty for Children

Posted by on Tue, Oct 9, 2012 at 7:51 AM

I'm beginning to understand the Republican party platform—every life is sacred until it gets old enough to piss you off*:

A man running as a Republican for State Representative in Arkansas published a book in which he endorses the death penalty for rebellious children and much, much more.

In his book “God’s Law: The Only Political Solution,” published in April, former Arkansas Department of Human Services attorney Charlie Fuqua explains that he supports killing wayward kids because that’s what a Bronze Age tribe did in his favorite religious text.

“The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline,” he wrote, according to an excerpt published by The Arkansas Times. “Therefore, a child who disrespects his parents must be permanently removed from society in a way that gives an example to all other children of the importance of respect for parents. The death penalty for rebellious children is not something to be taken lightly. The guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children are given in Deut 21:18-21.”

What type of behavior would warrant putting a child to death? Let's turn to Deuteronomy 21:18-21!

18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:

19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;

20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.

21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

If this truly were the law of the land, real estate values around rock quarries would skyrocket.

*Or ovulate.

 

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--MC 1
This seems like more of a proscription against older, still-at-home kids. "This our son can't hold down a job, plays WOW all day, and doesn't know any nice girls to make grandkids with. Get the rocks." Hikikomori of the US, beware ..
Posted by --MC on October 9, 2012 at 8:00 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 2
Well, you have to respect his philosophical integrity at least. The book tells him to do that, and he is going to do it.

Funny thing: is he being a good christian? He is simply pushing for what the Judeo-Christian god commands.

But, these are the problems that come with believing in a magical sky father because illiterate and uneducated middle eastern sheperds also did.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 9, 2012 at 8:04 AM · Report this
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If children were stoned to death for rebellious behavior, very few would survive adolescence and make it into adulthood.
Posted by Clayton on October 9, 2012 at 8:23 AM · Report this
venomlash 4
@2: Nah, I seriously doubt he keeps kosher. Another cherry-picker.
Posted by venomlash on October 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM · Report this
5
Aaaaaaaand they'll elect the nutball.
Posted by judybrowni on October 9, 2012 at 8:50 AM · Report this
internet_jen 6
Post-term abortion?
Posted by internet_jen on October 9, 2012 at 9:04 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 7


To paraphrase Soupy Sales, this should keep the little bastards quiet.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on October 9, 2012 at 9:06 AM · Report this
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@2 & 4 I don't think he's saying we should follow all the old testament laws. Just the one about killing disobedient children and not because it is the will of God, but because it is best for society.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on October 9, 2012 at 9:07 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 9
I'd be ok with this.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 9, 2012 at 9:08 AM · Report this
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Wait - are we having a Slog Bible study? On a Tuesday?

And this is the Word of God, what God, in all his wisdom and mercy, commands us to do?
Posted by floater on October 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM · Report this
biffp 11
Isn't there something in that book about not judging lest ye be judged? He's not even elected, and power has corrupted absolutely. Sounds like top of the RNC ticket for 2016.
Posted by biffp on October 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM · Report this
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Q- Why does Cienna hate Jews?
Posted by A- Have YOU ever met Goldy? on October 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM · Report this
13
Stone him with stones seems a bit repetitive. What the fuck else would you stone him with?
Posted by NateMan on October 9, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
14
@13 marijuana?

But yeah, this guy. It's okay though! He's pro-life!!
Posted by Nitidiuscula on October 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM · Report this
very bad homo 15
Well it's not the worst idea in the world.
Posted by very bad homo on October 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this
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@13 - That is the King James Version, which is a horrible, horrible translation that was more interested in the sound and poetry of the language than accurate translation. The New Revised Standard Version, which most mainline Protestant denominations consider to be the most scholarly translation says, "Then all the men of the town shall stone him to death."

Rational people, Christian or not, would not think that this is something that should apply today, and there is some debate among scholars about how strictly the Deuteronomic laws were ever followed.
Posted by Sheryl on October 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 17
@13,
A packet of gravel?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 9, 2012 at 11:38 AM · Report this
thatsnotright 18
This is currently being done all over the U.S. but bullets have replaced stones and the "men of the city" are called cops.
Posted by thatsnotright on October 9, 2012 at 12:11 PM · Report this
SRJ 19
Sharia law isn't so bad if there's an Old Testament precedent.
Posted by SRJ on October 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
Dougsf 20
I'm sure properties near rock quarries would maintain their pre-End Times values, at best.
Posted by Dougsf on October 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM · Report this

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