Extremism takes over some GOP Iowa caucus hopefuls
Rick Perry has decided that he was been wrong about abortion. After watching Mike Huckabee’s video on abortion, he has decided that the government does have a right to force a woman to bear a child that was conceived from rapeand/ or incest. He was unclear about whether life of the mother should be discarded in favor of the fetus.
My question is, when is it going to end? If the new Perry position isn’t extreme enough, perhaps one of the big Ron Paul supporters is. IN fact, the Ron Paul campaign is doing nothing to distance itself from this YoYo, reported by outsidethebeltway.com :
Four years ago, the Ron Paul campaign generated controversy by not repudiating the endorsement of the neo-Nazi group Stormfront, but at least back then they didn’t actually promote the fact that they had received the endorsement. This time, though, they seem pretty proud about getting the support of a Nebraska Pastor who has made some pretty vile comments:
Paul’s Iowa chair, Drew Ivers, recently touted the endorsement of Rev. Phillip G. Kayser, a pastor at the Dominion Covenant Church in Nebraska who also draws members from Iowa, putting out a press release praising “the enlightening statements he makes on how Ron Paul’s approach to government is consistent with Christian beliefs.” But Kayser’s views on homosexuality go way beyond the bounds of typical anti-gay evangelical politics and into the violent fringe: he recently authored a paper arguing for criminalizing homosexuality and even advocated imposing the death penalty against offenders based on his reading of Biblical law.
“Difficulty in implementing Biblical law does not make non-Biblical penology just,” he argued. “But as we have seen, while many homosexuals would be executed, the threat of capital punishment can be restorative. Biblical law would recognize as a matter of justice that even if this law could be enforced today, homosexuals could not be prosecuted for something that was done before.”
Reached by phone, Kayser confirmed to TPM that he believed in reinstating Biblical punishments for homosexuals — including the death penalty — even if he didn’t see much hope for it happening anytime soon. While he said he and Paul disagree on gay rights, noting that Paul recently voted for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he supported the campaign because he believed Paul’s federalist take on the Constitution would allow states more latitude to implement fundamentalist law. Especially since under Kayser’s own interpretation of the Constitution there is no separation of Church and State.
“Under a Ron Paul presidency, states would be freed up to not have political correctness imposed on them, but obviously some state would follow what’s politically correct,” he said. “What he’s trying to do, whether he agrees with the Constitution’s position or not, is restrict himself to the Constitution. That is something I very much appreciate.”
So basically this guy supports Ron Paul because he thinks a President Paul would make it easier for him and people like him to enact state laws that mirror the Book of Leviticus, and the Paul campaign welcomes his support. This is not libertarianism.
Great Scott! Did this guy just advocate killing gays because the bible tells us to? Ron Paul needs to issue a statement immediately saying this guy is not only unacceptable but also advocated committing murder which is illegal in all 50 states and all the territories.
I believe this primary season has shown me a few new lows in humanity that I never thought possible. Rick Perry is pretty much out of the running but Ron Paul is a leader in the Iowa caucus. Do people really think this behavior is acceptable? Does Mike Huckabee believe what Rick Perry believes? What is wrong with these people? Kill the gays and force women to bear the offspring of their rapists. I have to digest this information. I am speechless.