GOP Candidate Supports Stoning Gay People to Death

An Oklahoma publication discovered Tuesday that a candidate for state legislature engaged in a Facebook conversation last summer in which he said gay people should be stoned to death.

Scott Esk, a self-described “libertarian” (wait, how?) and candidate for State House District 91, responded to another person’s Facebook post in which Pope Francis asked “who am I to judge” when referring to gay people.

Esk at first quoted scripture, but when the original poster pressed him he expressed support for a Biblical law that said gays should be stoned to death:


When another poster further down asked if he were really advocating stoning people, Esk responded, “I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it.” (He also said he wasn’t for “hating people.”)

The Moore Daily’s Rob Morris gave Esk another chance to walk back the comments, asking if Esk would support a stoning law were it ever to be brought up in his legislature.

“What I will tell you right now is that was done in the Old Testament under a law that came directly from god, and that was just,” Esk said. “I have no plans to reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins, and think those kinds of sins do not do our country any good.”

[h/t Moore Daily]

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