Charlie Fuqua, Republican candidate for the Arkanasas legislature, takes his Bible seriously. That bit in the book of Deuteronomy, where parents haul their rebellious kids to the street to be stoned to death? (Deut. 21:18-21) Liberal Christians are quick to poo-pooh passages like that, saying that we live under grace, not law, and that there's no evidence that this barbaric practice was ever actually implemented, so calm down.Not Mr. Fuqua. He thinks we should give "Death Penalty for Sass" another walk around the block, see if maybe that might not have a chilling effect on kids who are considering talking back to Momma.The Arkansas Times reports that Fuqua, a former member of the Arkansas legislature, is running again, and has the support of the Arkansas GOP and two members of Congress. In his 2012 book, "God's Law: The Only Political Solution," Fuqua writes:The maintenance of civil order in society rests on the foundation of family discipline. Therefore, 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.But before you get all steamed at what might lead to random, indiscriminate slaughter of minors in the streets, Fuqua is quick to reassure us that there's a right way to go about this:This passage 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.Yes, as long as procedure is properly followed, everything should run smoothly. Besides, how many executions are we talking about, really?Even though this procedure would rarely be used, if it were the law of land, it would give parents authority. Children would know that their parents had authority and it would be a tremendous incentive for children to give proper respect to their parents.See? Probably no more than a few hundred kids would have to be executed by the state before the message sinks in. Have you seen how much kids share with each other on Facebook and Twitter these days? The important thing is, finally they would get the hint that parents are in charge.If any kid doesn't seem to get that, well . . . just forward her a few Youtube videos of some adolescent executions, and she'll be keeping her room clean and calling her parents "Ma'am" and "Sir" in no time.http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2012/10/08/rep...
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