A Republican candidate for Arkansas state legislature says it's time to crack down on rebellious kids—by threatening them with the death penalty. Instituting the punishment "would be a tremendous incentive for children to give proper respect to their parents," writes Charlie Fuqua, a former lawmaker, in his book, God's Law: The Only Political Solution. But he's certainly not going overboard: The penalty "would rarely be used." In his argument, he cites Bible passages describing "the guidelines for administering the death penalty to rebellious children."
The Arkansas GOP and two US representatives, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, have offered their financial support to Fuqua, though Griffin and the party's chair have criticized some of his statements, notes the Arkansas Times. In the book, Fuqua also supports deporting all Muslims. A book by Republican state Rep. Jon Hubbard, meanwhile, labels slavery "a blessing in disguise." State GOP chair Doyle Webb says the books are "highly offensive." But Fuqua's not so sure: "I think my views are fairly well-accepted by most people," he tells the AP.