Oklahoma state house candidate Scott Esk wrote on Facebook last summer that gay people are “worthy of death” and should be stoned, later claiming that violence against gays is “in the old testament under a law that came directly from God.”
The messages originated as Facebook commentary on a story about Pope Francis asking “who am I to judge” gay priests. Esk responded by posting Old Testament scripture that allegedly condemns homosexuality. After a commenter asked, “So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)?” Esk answered in the affirmative.
“I think we would be totally in the right to do it,” he wrote. “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.” “If men wink at such perversions, God may have no choice than to judge such nations with calamities.”
Asked to clarify his remarks by a local magazine editor, Esk explained that while the law was handed down from God, he has “no plans to, you know, reinstitute that in Oklahoma law.” “I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins,” he added.
Esk describes himself as “100% pro-life” and “100% Traditional Family Values” on his campaign website and says, “I look forward to applying Biblical principles to Oklahoma law.”
Esk would not comment on his statements to news channel KFOR.