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OK state official advocates stoning of gays on Facebook

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An Oklahoma political candidate is under fire for statements allegedly posted on Facebook about homosexuality. (Source: KFOR/CNN) An Oklahoma political candidate is under fire for statements allegedly posted on Facebook about homosexuality. (Source: KFOR/CNN)

MOORE, OK (KFOR/CNN) – A Republican candidate running for state office in Oklahoma is under fire for statements he allegedly made on social media about homosexuality.

Rob Morris runs The Moore Monthly and MooreDaily.com, and he was researching political candidates, trying to compile information for the public, when a friend alerted him to District 91 state house representative candidate Scott Esk.

"This is the first time I've ever come across an Oklahoman with this kind of fringe attitude," 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."

But Morris found those postings, from last summer, on Esk's Facebook page. At the time, Esk has commented on Pope Francis saying "who am I to judge" on homosexuality.

Esk posted Old Testament scripture, calling for homosexuals to be punished. Someone asked on the post, "So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals "presumably by stoning)?"

Esk responded, saying "I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That goes against some parts of Libertarianism, I realize, and I am largely Libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss."

Morris got a hold of Esk by phone and asked him about the statement.

"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," Esk said in the phone conversation with Morris. "I have no plans to, you know, re-institute that in[to] Oklahoma law. I do have some very huge moral misgivings about those kinds of sins."

Scott Esk did not return requests to comment on his statements.

"Even people that don't agree with things like gay marriage, nobody wants the death penalty for gays. I mean that's the most asinine thing," Morris said.

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