Target: Arkansas Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb
Goal: To get Arkansas House candidate who promotes killing disobedient children to withdraw from the race
Charlie Fuqua, a candidate for the Arkansas legislature, recently published a book in which he recommends instituting the death penalty for children who disrespect their parents. Although he later states that he does not condone killing children, he believes that having the death penalty as a threat would encourage better behavior in children.
The Arkansas Republican Party no longer supports or contributes to Fuqua’s campaign, but the chairman of the party has not asked Fuqua to withdraw from the race. The Arkansas Republican Party must do what is best for the state and demand that Fuqua withdraw his candidacy.
In his explanation for endorsing the death penalty, Fuqua says he hopes to give parents more authority by scaring children into respecting them. He believes that the problems in American society stem from children lacking discipline, and if misbehaving children were threatened with the death penalty, they might become less rebellious. Although his beliefs go far beyond what most parents and educators would suggest, the dangerous idea of threatening children into obedience is not uncommon.
Fuqua believes that because humans are naturally evil, children need to be threatened and disciplined to prevent them from becoming criminals. Parents are often encouraged to use the threat of punishment to scare their children into obeying, but if leaders want children in their society to grow up to be courteous and compassionate, obedience should not be forced upon them in this way. The only way to create a respectful society is to practice respecting all people, including children.
Charlie Fuqua’s statements reveal his radical views and give a taste of the type of legislation he would promote if he were elected to office. He uses his religious beliefs as justification to encourage violent threats against children, and thinks the death penalty should be a legal option for punishing those who disobey. The Republican Party must go further than just pulling their endorsement for this candidate; Fuqua should be forced to end his campaign.
Dear Chairman Webb,
It has recently been made public that Republican House candidate Charlie Fuqua supports sentencing disobedient children to the death penalty as a way of deterring misbehavior and encouraging respect for parents.
The job of the government is to help ensure a safe and healthy environment for all citizens, but allowing someone who promotes violence against children to be elected to the legislature would put Arkansans in danger.
Although the Republican Party has withdrawn support from Fuqua, he remains in the race and still has a chance of being elected to office. He should be asked to withdraw his candidacy to ensure that the safety of citizens is given priority over the success of your political party.
[Your Name Here]
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