Atheist Facepalm II: Christian Politician advocates Death penalty for kids.by Don Lacey on Oct. 15, 2012, under Arizona Families, Atheism, Christian Self-Righteous Arrogance, Christianity, Conservatism vs. Liberalism, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Faith, Freethought, Fundamentalism, God & Bible, Reason, Religion, Responsible Government, Sanity, Separation of Church & State, Willful Ignorance
It is amazing the disturbing things one can say and still be considered a viable political candidate in this country. Today’s case in point is Charles Fuqua, who is running for the State House of Representatives in Arkansas. He gained nationwide attention with his recent book God’s Law, which among other things proposes instituting the death Penalty for unruly children. He justifies this by appealing to the following passage from Deuteronomy:
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:
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;
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.
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. (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)
With the bible as his guide, Fuqua states:
“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.”
Glad to see he does not take killing children lightly (note: sarcasm). I wonder if he favors going with God’s prescribed method of stoning them to death. He goes on to acknowledge that:
“This passage (Deuteronomy 21:18-21) does not give parents blanket authority to kill their children. They must follow the proper procedure in order to have the death penalty executed against their children.”
Despite believing us humans to be depraved sinful beings, he nowhere acknowledges the possibility that there are in fact parents in this country who would abuse the power to have their kids legally executed. The notion that kids should be made to behave by subjecting them to constant fear is horrendously cruel, primitive, and insane. It would literally turn family life into a totalitarian police state and cause endless psychological damage to the children.
It’s time to admit that the Bible is not a good source of law or morality and has some truly horrible ideas in it. Human morality has advanced far beyond the murderous tribalism of the Bible. We no longer stone people to death for working on the Sabbath or being rebellious. Keep in mind, rebelliousness is often a good thing. It is a sign that your kid can think for himself or herself. Stubbornness can also be a sign of being strong willed which can also be a good thing. These are not traits that people should be killed for possessing.
In their wisdom, the founding fathers of this country created a legal system that was not based on the Bible but instead based on protecting personal freedom. They rejected cruel or excessive punishments for trivial crimes which is exactly what Fuqua prescribes. The founders also promoted freedom of religion which Fuqua also explicitly rejects. He proposes expelling all Muslims from the country and forcing all elected representatives of this country to swear and oath of adherence to biblical infallibility. While I find Islam to be one of the most dangerous and deeply flawed belief systems in existence, I still stand in support for the freedom to believe it so long as they are not infringing on the rights of others. The notion of biblical infallibility is utterly insane. Any book that recommends stoning children to death for being rebellious is clearly very fallible.
It’s disturbing that a position as radical and outright insane as Mr. Fuqua’s can be called conservative in today’s political climate. There is nothing conservative about it. It is completely at odds with the vision of this country’s founders as well as even the most basic human decency.
Former Republican legislator Charlie Fuqua is running for legislature with financial support from the Arkansas Republican Party.