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Rebellious Children, Watch Out--GOP Candidate Endorses Death Penalty for Kids

The Arkansas Times discovered Charlie Fuqua’s endorsement of the death penalty for kids after reading his book, "God’s Law: The Only Political Solution."

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A Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives has endorsed the death penalty for children, according to excerpts of a book the candidate wrote.

The Arkansas Times discovered Charlie Fuqua’s endorsement of the death penalty for kids after reading his book, titled God’s Law: The Only Political Solution. Fuqua is running against a conservative Democrat for a seat in the Arkansas House.

“Fuqua doesn't think execution would have to be used often on children who defied their parents, but suggests the deterrent effect of its legality would be beneficial,” explains Max Brantley, a writer for the Arkansas Times.

Fuqua writes in his book that “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.”

Fuqua adds that the biblical passages he cites do “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...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.”

Bruce Wilson of the blog Talk to Action notes that “by citing those verses from Deuteronomy, candidate Fuqua is recommending stoning rebellious children to death.” Wilson also adds that Fuqua’s views are in line with Christian Reconstructionism, an ideology that “seeks to replace democracy with a theocratic elite that would govern by imposing their interpretation of ‘Biblical Law.’”

The GOP candidate’s extreme views are not limited to endorsing the death penalty for children, though. As The Huffington Post notes, in the same book “Fuqua advocated for expelling Muslims from the U.S., saying it would solve what he described as the ‘Muslim problem.’"

Some GOP candidates have backed away from Fuqua. “But no party official has demanded money back or urged Fuqua to withdraw from the race,” according to the Arkansas Times.

The paper also reports that the Republican Party--specifically, the House Republican Leadership PAC--has donated money to Fuqua’s campaign.

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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