Yes, that title is correct. There is one former state representative who thinks disobedient children should receive the death penalty. The same individual, former state Representative Charlie Fuqua, who is currently looking to return to the Arkansas state house, also said that all muslims should be deported from the United States and that most Americans agree with him. Lastly, (yes, there’s more), Arkansas state Representative Jon Hubbard said that slavery was a “blessing in disguise.”
We’ll get to what this all says about our education system at a later date. For now, let’s address former Representative Fuqua’s first statement about capital punishment for children.
It’s no secret I oppose capital punishment. While it remains legal for each state to determine for itself if capital punishment fits in its society, the Supreme Court ruled in Roper v. Simmons that a crime committed while a person was under the age of 18 was not punishable by death holding that it was no longer within this country’s moral compass to execute minors. We will again leave for another discussion the fact that the Supreme Court just came to this realization 7 years ago.
Former Representative Fuqua, however, disagrees with the Supreme Court. In fact, he thinks disobedient children should be put to death. And, he claims the Bible tells him that’s okay. Here is the excerpt from his book, “God’s Law: The Only Political Solution,” released this year: “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.”
Former Representative Fuqua says that putting children to death would rarely occur; it would be used more for deterrence. What kind of children would this raise? Can you imagine what childhood would have been like had you been in constant fear of being executed if you did something wrong? My brother didn’t sleep a full night for two and a half years! If only my parents had been allowed to kill him, I could’ve slept so much better back then.