Ah once again politicians are quoting from the Bible with no understanding of the context or even if it is still rational. The latest (though among many others recently) is Arkansas legislative candidate Charles Fuqua’s quote from Deuteronomy on the penalty mandated by God for rebellious children and states that if a child strikes their parent they are to be put to death by stoning. No folks I don’t make this stuff up. Read the article posted by Bruce Williams that is below and you can see just how wacko Fuqua is.
“ A few days ago it was revealed that Charlie Fuqua, a candidate for the Arkansas state House of Representatives, wrote in a recent e-book that the state should have the legal right to execute “rebellious” children, so long as the kids’ parents agree.
“The maintenance of civil order in society,” he writes, “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.” Quoting a passage in Deuteronomy which calls for the stoning of habitually disobedient children, he continues:
“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.”
This guy isn’t joking. And he isn’t some random crank. He’s a past member of the judiciary committee of the Arkansas House of Representatives. He’s received donations from several members of Congress, as well as financial support from the state party and a “Friend of the Family” award from the Arkansas Christian Coalition.
Oh, and check this out, from the bio on his book’s website: ”Charlie Fuqua has worked for the State of Arkansas, Office of Chief Counsel, for 12 years handling child abuse and neglect cases. He has handled thousands of cases protecting children who had been neglected or abused.”
Apparently he doesn’t work there anymore, though. Whew.
So what were the circumstances where God mandated this? He had just gotten about half a million stiff necked people out of Egypt where they had been held as slaves. They were not happy and their leader was slow of speech and did not have a firm grip on his staff which had been turned into a snake in front of Pharaoh and then had been rather well fed by eating several other snakes of Egyptian priests. The people were not happy because the Sinai Peninsula does not have abundant supplies of food or water. Do something they demanded of Moses talk to God and have him do something about their predicament. Well it’s in the desert so God told Moses to strike a certain rock and when he did water flowed from it to quench the thirst of the people. Moses’ mistake there was that when asked who brought forth water he replied that he had. This would come to haunt him later when God refused to let him enter the promised land and he died looking out at it.
So anyway you are leading these people who are following God’s directions. There are many jokes about why it took the Jews 40 years of wandering around the Sinai because Moses as a man refused to ask for directions. This is not really fair. God led them in the shape of a pillar of dust during the day and a pillar of fire at night (this can be used as evidence that God is a male as depicted by Michelangelo) Finally God decided to give Moses some rules to govern by. He called Moses up onto the summit of Mt Sinai and for 40 days and 40 nights told him what he wanted him to do. The result is the Torah and one of the things that concerned God was that you couldn’t have a bunch of kids running around the camp upsetting people pulling up tent pegs or untying the livestock and letting them roam free. They had enough worries just staying alive and eating Manna every morning and drinking the water coming out of the rocks was hard enough. He had some other rules too like “No other Gods before me” and “don’t do murder or steal or commit adultery” but the kids were right up there on the list. Of course it was hot. At the time the sun was revolving around the earth and the Sinai was hot (Fuqua’s belief not mine). God was ever present trying to keep things moving he just didn’t apparently have a good sense of direction…
Of course times have somewhat changed and of course kids are still rebellious but the question is what the heck was a lawyer thinking who used to be concerned with abused children not trying to help parents give the OK for their abuse. Why stoning? Well it was a God mandated punishment with lots of crimes punishable by it. However things changed as Jesus (his Son or other self) taught suffer the little children to come unto me and for Mr. Fuqua named his own appropriate punishment (maybe Mr. Fuqua needs to read the New Testament instead of concentrating so much on the Old). Better a millstone should be hung around his neck and he should be cast unto the depths of the sea. Another suggestion is that when he is giving a speech to throw rocks at him and see how he likes it.