MOORE, Okla. – Scott Esk is running for House District 91 state representative.
On his website, he says he is a conservative who wants to apply biblical principles to Oklahoma law.
But some are saying his views are extreme.
Rob Morris said, “This is the first time I’ve ever come across an Oklahoman with this kind of fringe attitude.”
He was researching political candidates, trying to compile information for the public when a friend alerted him to Esk.
Morris said, “This guy posted on Facebook that homosexuals should be stoned to death. My first response was you’re nuts, nobody would be stupid enough to do that.”
Morris says he found those postings from last summer on Facebook.
At the time, Esk had commented on a story about the pope saying “Who am I to judge?” on homosexuality.
Esk posted some old testament scripture that referred to homosexuality being punished.
Someone asked – “So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals (presumably by stoning)?”
Esk responds – “I think 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.”
Morris spoke with Esk by phone and asked him about the statement.
Esk said, “What I will tell you right now is 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. I have no plans to, you know, reinstitute that in Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins.”
Morris said, “Even people that don’t agree with things like gay marriage, they, nobody wants the death penalty for gays. I mean that’s the most asinine thing.”
Morris says he feels voters need to know about Esk’s extreme views before casting their vote.
We tried repeatedly to contact Scott Esk for this story, but he never returned our messages.
Troy Stevenson, executive director of the Equality Network, released the following statement:
“Freedom means freedom for everyone. Mr. Esk’s comments do not reflect the fair-minded views of Oklahomans. His rhetoric demonstrates that he is an ineffective leader and would be a bad representation of Oklahoma values as the State Capitol.”
The Republican primary election will be held June 24.