'Death penalty for children' too much for Arkansas Republicans
Other candidates defend slavery as a 'blessing' for Africans and attack 'criminal' Abraham Lincoln
THE REPUBLICAN Party in Arkansas has withdrawn its financial support from three state legislature candidates who have variously advocated the death penalty for children and called for the deportation of all Muslims from America, described slavery as a "blessing in disguise" for Africans and labeled Abraham Lincoln a "war criminal".
Candidate Charlie Fuqua and two sitting representatives, Jon Hubbard and Loy Mauch, have been cut off because of their radical beliefs, many of which have been branded as offensive by their own party.
In a book, God's Law: The Only Political Solution, Fuqua claims there was "no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States".
And, as the Arkansas Times reports, that is not the only eye-catching policy in God's Law. He also advocates execution for children, arguing: "A child who disrespects his parents must be permanently removed from society." However, he is aware of the severity of the punishment and stresses: "The death penalty for rebellious children is not something to be taken lightly."
Fuqua also suggests setting the minimum wage at zero and argues that people should only serve two years in prison. If they are not rehabilitated within that time, they should be executed, he says.
Fuqua has lost his funding, but Arkansas Times blogger Max Bentley notes: "No party official has demanded money back or urged Fuqua to withdraw from the race. Majority control of the legislature is far too important for Republicans to abandon a candidate, no matter how extreme. Which tells you a little something about Republican majority governance."
The Guardian's George Monbiot is just one of those who has expressed shock at Fuqua's remarks on Twitter, writing: "Ye gods! Republican candidate calls for death penalty for children who disrespect their parents."
But Fuqua's views are not the only ones drawing ire. Jon Hubbard, who has been a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives since 2010, has also caused outrage. In 2009 he self-published a book, Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative, which argued that slavery was a "blessing in disguise". "Would an existence spent in slavery have been any crueler than a life spent in sub-Saharan Africa?" he pondered.
He also noted that despite the deaths of millions during centuries of slavery, there was a silver lining. "The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth".
The third candidate to cause upset is Loy Mauch, who has also held his seat since 2010. Local radio station Kait8 reported: "Mauch called Abraham Lincoln a war criminal and defended slavery in dozens of letters to a Little Rock newspaper." In 2007 he described Lincoln as a "neurotic Northern war criminal" in a letter to the Little Rock Democrat-Gazette and in 2009 asked: "If slavery were so God-awful, why didn't Jesus or Paul condemn it"?