Here in America, in a technologically advanced society, it is almost impossible for any Presidential candidate to make a move or comment without some sort of record left behind. People tend to forget that once something appears on the internet, even if only temporarily, viewers have enough time make a screenshot or page copy of a website. It seems that the Ron Paul’s campaign may have been unaware of this fact.
Yesterday, it was reported on Ron Paul’s website that the campaign had received the endorsement of Phillip Kayer, an Iowa pastor who has gone on record for believing in implementing the death penalty for homosexuals.
Earlier on Wednesday, Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa Chairman Drew Ivers expressed enthusiasm for receiving such an endorsement by stating,
“We welcome Rev. Kayser’s endorsement and the enlightening statements he makes on how Ron Paul’s approach to government is consistent with Christian beliefs. We’re thankful for the thoughtfulness with which he makes his endorsement and hope his endorsement and others like it make a strong top-three showing in the caucus more likely,”
It is rather disturbing to find out in that past 24 hours that his supporters include someone who wrote in a 2009 book titled “Is The Death Penalty Just?” that,
“In a society that was being converted, homosexuals could continue to be converted as they were in the church of Corinth. Even after a society implemented Biblical law and made homosexuality a crime, there are many checks and balances that would be in place. The civil government could not round them up. Only those who were prosecuted by citizens could be punished, and the punishment could take a number of forms, including death. This would have a tendency of driving homosexuals back into their closets. I think I have demonstrated how even capital punishment can be restorative. Other aspects of penology such as restitution, indentured servitude, etc. are certainly restorative.”
Despite Ron Paul’s Iowa Chairman’s gratitude for the endorsement, someone on the Republican campaign must have had some concern. On the candidate’s website the full press release of the endorsement was initially presented in full, but as of late last night it was removed. But thanks to the marvels of technology and blogger Doug Mataconis, a screenshot of the official endorsement still exists online for all to read.
It is unclear as to why it was officially removed from the Ron Paul website as the campaign has yet to make any mention of it, perhaps hoping the whole situation will be ignored as they focus on the upcoming January 3, 2012 Iowa caucus.