Scott Esk is running for the Oklahoma state House. Scott Esk believes our rights come from God and not government. Scott Esk also thinks it's okay to stone gay people to death, since homosexuality is “worthy of death.”
Esk made his comments on Facebook in 2013, while responding to an article about Pope Francis not judging gay people. First, he quoted Romans 1:26 and 1:32, which talk about homosexuality as unnatural.
A Facebook commenter, Adam Bates, asked Esk what those passages had to do with the Pope not judging others.
“If it’s God’s judgment you’re on about, then let God impose it, don’t usurp that authority for yourself,” Bates told Esk.
After a little more back and forth, in which Esk continued to quote scripture, Bates finally asked: “So, just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)?”
Esk responded: “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 continued.
Esk also said that he didn’t believe homosexuality should be dealt with on a national level, but that states were totally free to have their own laws on the matter.
Esk then said he wasn’t for “vigilante ‘justice’ or hating people.” He said he would never harm anyone except in self-defense.
But, when asked by a reporter at the Moore Daily, an Oklahoma news website, to clarify his statements, Esk doubled down.
“What I will tell you right now is that that was done in the Old Testament under a law that came directly from God, and in that time it was totally just, it came directly from God,” Esk said.
“I have no plans to reinstitute that in Oklahoma Law,” Esk continued. “I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins, and I think those kinds of sins will not do our country any good and certainly don’t do anything to preserve the family.”
Esk wouldn’t say whether he would support such legislation if someone else proposed it, however.