A Texas Republican, using my least favorite rationalization (#22. Comparative Virtue, or “It’s not the worst thing”) to excuse the party’s intentionally insulting anti-gay platform, could argue, “Hey! At least we don’t want gays to be stoned to death!”
True. That would be the position of Tea Party candidate for the Oklahoma state Senate, Scott Esk.
In a Facebook exchange last year, Esk indeed endorsed, without espousing, killing gays:
“That [stoning gay people to death] 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 never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it.”
Contacted by Oklahoma magazine to clarify his remarks, Esk did indeed, saying:
“That was done in the Old Testament under a law that came directly from God and in that time there it was totally just. It came directly from God. I have no plans to reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins…I know what was done in the Old Testament and what was done back then was what’s just. … And I do stand for Biblical morality.”
Before going further, I have to give Esk integrity points for not claiming that he was taken out of context or misunderstood. He was honest, he accepted responsibility for his words, and he didn’t try to “walk back” his statement, as is the current fashion among all the Washington politicians we should not trust. His courage and candor are admirable.
If only he weren’t a hateful, ignorant fool. Continue reading