Monday, October 08, 2012

We descend further into the abyss of right wing craziness.

Well, folks, just as you thought it couldn’t get any worse, and the right wing just couldn’t possibly come up with something even more depraved and barbaric, they find a way to dig the hole even deeper.  If this keeps up, we’ll have a shortcut to China before long…

Charles Fuqua, a Republican (what else?) candidate for Congress from the great State of Arkansas, has suggested that to stem the tide of rebellion in our children, we should use a biblical solution - the death penalty!

According to the Arkansas times, he wrote:

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 Scrpture [sic] 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.

While there are so many ways this is wrong and I could have a blast cutting it down to size, I really only have one question:

What’s the age limit?  I mean, I’m off the hook, but my wife’s mother is still alive and kicking, so could she go to court and ask for my wife to be put to death for putting her in a nursing home she hated?  Or maybe for not bringing her mail fast enough?

And how about your in-laws?  Now, us guys are probably in good shape, I mean I’ve always gotten along pretty well with my mother-in-law (thankfully!), but our wives?  Look out, folks, that’s a whole ‘nother can o’ worms!

I mean, parents have always had the ole will to keep the kids in line, but this?  This is the nuclear option!  “Get that hair cut, Junior, or you’re toast!”  “Sally, wear that dress one more time, and the hanging Judge will hear about it!”

Besides, who sets the standards for what is disrespectful?  State law?  Local Law?  Or the Feds?  I can see it now, the family is going through security to visit Gramma, and one kid gets a bit unruly about taking off the shoes, is the TSA going to haul the kid out of line and throw him in the hoosegow for talking back?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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