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article imageRepub. Charlie Fuqua wants death penalty for rebellious children

By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 8, 2012 in Politics
Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives Charlie Fuqua, in his 2012 book "God's Law: The Only Political Solution," endorses death penalty for rebellious children in accordance with Old Testament law.
He said the death penalty would serve as deterrent of rebellious behavior among young people.
According to Arkansas Times, the former Republican legislator is running again for the legislature with financial support from the Arkansas Republican Party.
Think Progress reports Fuqua says that children who do not show "respect for parents" should be put to death. According to Arkansas Times, Fuqua, a former lawyer for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, recommends that the death penalty be used only sparingly, but thinks it would have a beneficial deterrent effect.
According to Arkansas Times, 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. The death penalty for rebellious children is not something to be taken lightly. The guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children are given in Deut 21:18-21.
"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. I cannot think of one instance in the Scripture where parents had their child put to death. Why is this so? Other than the love Christ has for us, there is no greater love then [sic] that of a parent for their child. The last people who would want to see a child put to death would be the parents of the child. Even so, the Scripture provides a safe guard to protect children from parents who would wrongly exercise the death penalty against them. Parents are required to bring their children to the gate of the city. The gate of the city was the place where the elders of the city met and made judicial pronouncements. In other words, the parents were required to take their children to a court of law and lay out their case before the proper judicial authority, and let the judicial authority determine if the child should be put to death. I know of many cases of rebellious children, however, I cannot think of one case where I believe that a parent had given up on their child to the point that they would have taken their child to a court of law and asked the court to rule that the child be put to death. 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."
Fuqua, in his book, also recommends that all Muslims be expelled from the United States. He said such action would solve what he termed the "Muslim problem." The disturbing parallels between Fuqua's recommendation of solution to the "Muslim problem" and the Hitlers "Final Solution" of the Jewish problem have been noted
Digital Journal reports that Fuqua's statements came to attention at the time that Republican Jon Hubbard's comment in his book "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative," that slavery is a blessing in disguise for blacks came under attack.
Fuqua told The Associated Press (AP) that he was surprised that his recommendation that Muslims should be expelled from the United States has been attacked. He said: "I think my views are fairly well-accepted by most people."
The Huffington Post reports that on his campaign blog, Fuqua describes liberals and Muslims as "anti-Christ" and accused them of conspiring to create what he described as a "bloody revolution." He writes:
"There is a strange alliance between the liberal left and the Muslim religion. It may be that since both are the enemies of Christianity, that they both believe that, my enemy's enemy is my friend. However there are several similarities between the two. Both are antichrist in that they both deny that Jesus is God in the flesh of man, and the savior of mankind. They both also hold that their cause should take over the entire world through violent, bloody, revolution."
According to Arkansas Times, Fuqua is running for legislature with financial support from the Arkansas Republican Party and US Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack. Arkansas Times notes that both Griffin and Republican Party Chair Doyle Webb, have criticized Fuqua's statement but Womack has remained silent. The website also notes that no party official has asked Fuqua to withdraw from the race. Arkansas Times comments: "Majority control of the legislature is far too important for Republicans to abandon a candidate, no matter how extreme."
Alternet.org reports that Fuqua's views about application of Biblical law show that he advocates a form of Christian Reconstructionist teaching. God Discussion reports that Christian Reconstructionists
"...advocate the establishment of an American Republic under Biblical law as interpreted and understood by 'orthodox' Christians (that is Calvinist Christians).
"Christian Reconstructionists do not accept any notion of religiously pluralistic society. They look forward to a future in which Christianity will... dominate society as non-Christians fall into the minority. Commentators have compared their theonomic system to that of Colonial Massachusetts of John Cotton and the Geneva of John Calvin."
According to Alternet.Org, Fuqua writes on the website for his book:
"Everything that is wrong with the United States will be corrected only when we turn back to the Biblical principles followed by our founding fathers. The prophets of the Bible told Israel that the nation would suffer as a result of disobedience to God's law. It is no different today. God made the universe and the laws that govern it. Disobedience of those laws always produces bad consequences."
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