Christian Extremists making the news in Arkansas Politics
Increased attention given this week to the extreme views of Arkansas Republican legislative candidates raises the larger question of whether they are fair symbols of the whole party.
Absent repudiation by other party leaders, it’s hard not to conclude that they are worthy representatives of the Republican Party of Arkansas.
To name but a few:
Republican Rep. Loy Mauch calls the Confederate flag a “symbol of Jesus Christ.” He demanded, unsuccessfully that Hot Springs remove a statute of Abraham Lincoln from its convention center.
Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro has written a book full of incendiary statements, including this: “…the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise.”
Former Republican legislator Charlie Fuqua, running for a House seat in the Batesville area, has also written a book, “God’s Law: The Only Political Solution,” in which he modestly proposes execution of repeat criminal offenders and expulsion from the U.S. of every Muslim.