Scott Esk, a Republican Tea Party candidate, who is running for Oklahoma’s House of Representatives, was caught in the midst of a controversy last summer after advocating the killing of homosexuals.
“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 wrote in comments uncovered by Oklahoma journalist Rob Morris.
When pressed, Esk clarified, “I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it.”
Morris contacted Esk later and even then, the latter did not deny making the comments or step back from the rhetoric.
“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,” said Esk.
Reportedly, while commenting on Facebook posts, Esk has said local administrations should institute laws punishing gays so people can decide on their own whether they want to live in a particular community based on how they are treated there. After his comments against gays went viral, people started looking him up on other platforms and it appears that most of his views are equally radical.
For instance, he wants to punish people who undergo abortions as well as federal bureaucrats who enact laws allowing people to do so. Additionally, Esk is also against education funding and gun licenses and believes organizations like FDA, EPA and OSHA should not be allowed to operate because they are unconstitutional. If that is not enough, Esk has gone on record to suggest divorce proceedings are far too easy in America, propagating jury trials for divorce cases.
Esk has always said or done things to make eyes roll. In December 2013, he referred to Nelson Mandela as a communist thug and a low life. A month earlier, he had called 911 to report a large group of Mexicans at a mall because he suspected them of being there illegally.
On his website, Esk writes, “I look forward to applying Biblical principles to Oklahoma law.”
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