In Arkansas, the race for the 63rd district for the House of Representatives just became a little easier for incumbent James McLean, a Democrat from Independence County, because he does not support the death penalty for children.
McLean’s opponent, Charles Fuqua, a Republican, supports the death penalty for children. Fuqua’s unique political views do not even align with the more conventional Republican positions. He refers to the Bible as the source to justify his views that the execution of a child would serve as an example to others to not misbehave. According to the King James Bible, Deuteronomy 21:18-21 states that a “stubborn and rebellious son” should be stoned to death.
Fuqua’s views are expressed in his self-published e-book, God’s Law: The Only Political Solution, which currently has 3/5 stars on Amazon.com.
Arkansas, which is considered a conservative red state, will be an easy win for Romney but the state is not as extreme as Fuqua. The state’s own governor is a Democrat, and Democrats hold the majority of seats in the state’s Senate and House of Representatives. McLean originally ran for his seat in 2008, which saw large gains for Democrats but he also ran, and won, again in 2010, which saw large gains for Republicans across the country.
The Raw Story has even reported that Fuqua will not receive any financial contributions from the Republican Party of Arkansas in the future.
The issue of capital punishement in the United States is very divisive, and Arkansas currently has 41 inmates on death row but the death penalty for children is most likely not going to even be considered in the state by its current representatives. Fuqua, should he win, would not be able to get his own position proposed in a law that would pass a committee.
Noticeably absent from Fuqua’s website’s issues page are his views expressed in his e-book. He lists the more traditional Republican views of reducing the size of government, lowering taxes, and the right to bear arms.