• “Republican candidate Fuqua endorses death penalty for rebellious children”

    Sigh. Too strange so I’ll allow Fuqua to speak for himself:

    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’s book, God’s Law is available here.

    More info from the Arkansas Times here.

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    Article by: Beth Erickson

    I'm Beth Ann Erickson, a freelance writer, publisher, and skeptic. I live in Central Minnesota with my husband, son, and two rescue pups. Life is flippin' good. :)

    8 comments

    1. This springs from the belief that parents own their children, like they own the tree on the front lawn, and can (after due process) end them, if they want to.

      1. Hi Randy,

        Agreed. I ran into that sentiment a lot when I homeschooled my son during second grade. He had pneumonia and I got dropped into the world of homeschooling for one year. I’ll never forget the experience and will probably write a few posts about the crazy world I encountered.

        Best,

        Beth 🙂

        1. It’s still a surprisingly common sentiment in many parts of the country… though I think it’s less “My children are my property” than “No one ELSE has any right to interfere with how I raise my kids.”

          It’s not just Scary Religious People, either. Plenty of folks on the left think nothing of tinkering with their kids’ safety, health, or even identity to suit their ideological purposes. (“We don’t say if Casey is male or female because we don’t believe in gender roles. And Casey will never hear the word ‘no’ because it’s totalitarian.”)

          After all, what is a child but a forum for expressing your political views?

      1. Nope. It’s real, all over the news. He’s not in office, just a candidate, but a legit one. Click the links and definitely check out his book. It’s like entering the Twilight zone.

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