What’s the Matter with Arkansas?

Seriously, what is going on in the Natural State? Yeah, I had to look that up – last I knew, the Arkansas slogan was Land of Opportunity. Did they mean Opportunity for nuts to get elected to the state legislature?

First we have Rep. Jon Hubbard (R-Jonesboro), who self-published a book claiming that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” for black people, who were rewarded for their enslavement with citizenship in the US.

“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,” Hubbard argues in Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative. “The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of this Earth.”

Um, yeah. Hard to believe he couldn’t find a reputable publisher for that classic.

Then there’s Rep. Loy Mauch (R-Bismarck), who says Jesus was A-OK with slavery, since He didn’t speak out against it.

If slavery were so God-awful, why didn’t Jesus or Paul condemn it, why was it in the Constitution and why wasn’t there a war before 1861?

I’ve been pointing out for years that Jesus said nothing about loving relationships between same-sex partners, but I doubt Rep. Mauch would see that one my way. In the annals of actual evil things that actually hurt other people – like, say, owning them - there are lots of things of which Jesus did not speak in specifics. However, that whole “Love your neighbor as yourself” command pretty much covers the contingencies, although He may have overestimated our ability to extrapolate.

Rep. Mauch is reportedly a member of the secessionist League of the South who believes the Confederate flag is “a symbol of Jesus Christ above all else.” Those stellar credentials earned him a spot last year on TruTV’s list of the 50 Worst Politicians in America.

Finally, we come to Republican House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville. Mr. Fuqua, in his no doubt brilliant tome God’s Law: The Only Political Solution, opined thusly: “I see no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States.” He followed up with a blog post that reads in part:

There is a strange alliance between the liberal left and the Muslim religion. It may be that since both are the enemies of Christianity, that they both believe that, my enemy’s enemy is my friend. However there are several similarities between the two. Both are antichrist in that they both deny that Jesus is God in the flesh of man, and the savior of mankind. They both also hold that their cause should take over the entire world through violent, bloody, revolution.

Yes, we all remember the hordes of liberal lefties who showed up to political rallies back in 2010 packing heat and talking about Second Amendment remedies. Not to mention, last time I checked, US citizenship didn’t come with a religious test. Perhaps the nice people at Wal-Mart headquarters would donate some tinfoil for this poor, deluded man.

Sadly, his particular brand of crazy doesn’t stop with the typical lefty-Muslim hate. He also thinks rebellious children should face the death penalty. It’s Biblical, don’t you know? His website says he supports the sanctity of life, but I guess it’s only of the pre-born variety, before kids can mouth off or miss curfew or refuse to potty train on command.

The Arkansas Republican Party has, to its credit, denounced all three candidates and cut off their funding, at least for now. Time will tell whether the imperative to win seats overcomes decency and common sense.

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