Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What is Wrong with Arkansas?

I read this earlier tonight, and was literally speechless for a bit. How is it possible that this man could find support, of any kind, in America, much less Arkansas? This is what I read:

"A candidate for the Arkansas legislature, Charlie Fuqua, says that children who don't demonstrate "respect for parents" should be put to death, the Arkansas Times reports. Fuqua is a former member of the Arkansas legislature and has received support from the Arkansas Republican Party and two sitting members of Congress.

Here's the key passage from Fuqua's 2012 book, "God's Law: The Only Political Solution":

The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline. 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."

And this man is running for public office? Not for the leader of a fundamentalist (loony) cult? When did America decide to accept murderous fanatics as fit for public office? For that matter, when did we decide to accept pathological liars as fit for public office? What ever happened to honor? Truth? Dignity?