By Albert Lin
A state representative candidate in Oklahoma is under fire after a local website revealed that he posted on Facebook last summer that he would support stoning gays to death.
Rob Morris of TheMooreDaily.com received a tip that Scott Esk, who is running for state representative as a Tea Party Republican, twice last summer advocated on Facebook the stoning to death of homosexuals.
In one instance, Esk got into a conversation with an Adam Bates after Bates posted a link to a story headlined “Pope: Who am I to judge gay people” Ultimately, Bates asked Esk, “Just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)”
Esk’s reply: “I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That 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.”
Esk later got into a private Facebook chat with a user who shared the details with Morris. In this case, the user asked about Esk’s previous comments. This time, Esk replied: “I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it.”
Asked about these comments, Esk told Morris: “What I will tell you right now is that was done in the old testament under a law that came directly from God. And in that time, it was totally just, it came directly from God. I have no plans to, you know, reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins, and I think that those kinds of sins will not do our country any good and certainly doesn’t do anything to preserve the family.”
Previously, Esk has directed his anger at other groups. According to The Huffington Post, in December 2013 Esk called Nelson Mandela a “communist thug” and a “low life” on Facebook, and a month earlier described calling 911 to report “a large group of Mexicans” gathered at a mall because he “suspected that many of them were guilty of being here illegally.” (Both posts have since been deleted.)
As part of his campaign platform, Esk also pledges to “lead the movement to punish abortionists severely for their committing of murder”; says that the Affordable Care Act “must go!”; and says of immigration, “The interests of Oklahoma taxpayers [citizens] vastly outweigh the interests of criminals and their offspring born here.”