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Apr 4, 2013

Deuteronomy



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 Pour yourself a cup of coffee, take a deep deep breathe.  I don't claim to be real knowledgeable about The Bible, but did do some reading and wanted to share this.

A post on Facebook the other day talked about Arkansas GOP Charlie Fuqua supporting killing children, beating children, and his support of these statements in a book he wrote, "God's Law, the Only Political Solution" he quotes Deuteronomy multiple times.  He's apparently a fundamentalist who's like Amelia Bedalia when it comes to The Bible...he takes things literally.  Sadly, many people do.  It's really quite bothersome.  We as a country are in fact fighting fundamentalist in the East, sad that it's taken root here with some of our politicians and politician wanna be types.

He refers to Deuteronomy 21:18-21, which paraphrasing says if a child is disobedient and shows disrespect to his parents he should be stoned/killed.  They do stone people in other parts of the world, but here's this man who has served from 1995-1998 in The House stating he believes killing the children ..well, here read the quote yourself,  "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:"  Deuteronomy, a book in the Old Testament is filled with things that most thinking people understand shouldn't be taken literally.  Things like If a man rapes a woman, he can buy her from her father; you can't plow a field with an ox and an ass together; nor can you wear linen and wool at the same time.  If a maid can't prove her virginity by bringing the cloth to the city she should go to the door of her fathers house where she will be stoned.

Now he has other ridiculous things to say too.  Things like when he defends slavery saying it was a "blessing in disquise", and that Abraham Lincoln was a criminal.  Things like there should be no minimum wage so you could starve the poor.

This man was in a position of power, he was put there by people in Arkansas who actually voted for him.  Appalling beyond comprehension.   In 2012 he ran for Congress and thankfully was defeated by 69.6% to his 30.4.  Being defeated is fabulous; but.....30.4% of the people voted for him.  That's criminal and shameful to my way of thinking.  Sounds to me like this man needs psychiatric help.   This goes beyond freedom of religion.  He is advocating violence, he is advocating people perform illegal acts.  Killing your child is illegal!

This isn't new news, as this story was reported back in October of 2012, and he's not currently in office; but........what's to keep him from running again?  Are people that blind when they vote?  Did they vote for him because they too need a psychiatrist?  Did they vote for him because he convinced them he's a conservative, religious person?  No person who believes and advocates the killing of disobedient  children, (or anyone else for that matter) is a conservative........they are extremists.  Did those that voted for him not know The Bible, not read what he wrote, and only saw that he quoted the Bible and therefore........ is a good person to support?  Did they vote for him merely because he had an R behind his name vs a D?  This is irresponsible voting, in my opinion.  It is narrow minded and very dangerous.  People should NEVER vote based on a D  or an R...that's voting blindly.  They should for the person who supports their thinking, and while you may normally vote R's or D's, that doesn't mean that particularly person is in fact someone you agree with.  Did the vote for him because the recognized his name?

Be alert, this jerk may surface again.  AND if you vote for someone like him, aren't you just as guilty as he is?  I think so.

This might be a controversial post to die heart's; but let's have a real conversation about this.  No profanity will be accepted in the comments.

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10 comments:

  1. Wow, great post. You are right that thinking such as this is nothing short of extremism. I am not a religious person, but also have done a good bit if reading the Bible in the past. It has never ceased to amaze me that people do the things that they do...say the things that they say...and honestly think that they are within the scope of what it spiritually right. Joining your site and will definitely be back! Thank you for visiting me by the way. :)

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  2. Thank you Tracy, look forward to getting to know each other better. Thank you for the visit.

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  3. I don't understand, I will never understand, I refuse too... I'll pray for wisdom and compassion...

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  4. Ida, thanks for the visit. When you say you don't understand...do you mean you don't under the post, or you don't understand people like him?

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  5. Sandy I'm sorry I didn't make myself clear, I was in a huff when I wrote it... I mean HIM and the people who voted for him - :)

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  6. Thank you Ida...I was 99.9% sure, but didn't want anyone to question.

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  7. I never understand how people can think like this. Killing is a serious no no, does not matter what religion you practice. All life is precious. Very well written post. Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

    Sorry that my post confused you, it was not my intention. I should have said the posts writers write about how they discovered or met they literary agents.

    It was nice meeting you.

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  8. I think it's because of people like him (who use the Bible in this way) that it has a bad reputation with some.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and enjoy the challenge!

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  9. As Jesus says, in John, about an adulterous woman when everyone thought she should be stoned:

    3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

    4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

    5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

    6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

    7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

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  10. Thank you Murees, Alexandra, and Rebeccah for your visits and thoughtful comments. The additional quotes Rebeccah are nice, but wondered what you thought about the man and his book.

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