Alaska Governor’s Nominee: Throw People in Jail for Having Sex

March 25, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—Among radical right-wing evangelical groups, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum stands apart as batshit crazy. For some reason, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R), thought it would be a good idea to nominate Don Haase, the former president of Eagle Forum Alaska, to a state Judicial Council tasked with vetting and recommending candidates for judgeships. Haase holds some extreme views on sex outside of marriage. He believes it should be criminalized. That’s right, he believes consenting adults having extramarital sex, and even premarital sex should be thrown in jail. Can you say American Taliban?

Haase apparently, tried to conceal his extremism when he was tapped by Parnell for a position on the panel, by resigning from his leadership position with the Eagle Forum, and omitting it from his resume. Haase is still listed on the Eagle Forum website as the president of the Alaska chapter, but the Eagle Forum Alaska website is inaccessible, with the message “Eagle Forum Alaska is currently Closed for Maintenance.”

But when he underwent questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee, particularly by state Sen. Joe Paskvan (D), he was forced to admit his ties to the Eagle Forum and that he supported criminalizing adultery.

The Anchorage Daily News writes:

“One blog post on the Eagle Forum Alaska site praised efforts at criminalizing adultery in Michigan, and Paskvan asked Haase if he thought it should be a felony in Alaska.”

“I don’t see that that would rise to the level of a felony,” Haase said.

Paskvan: “Do you believe it should be a crime?”

Haase: “Yeah, I think it’s very harmful to have extramarital affairs. It’s harmful to children, it’s harmful to the spouse who entered a legally binding agreement to marry the person that’s cheating on them.”

Paskvan: “What about premarital affairs — should that be a crime?”

Haase: “I think that would be up to the voters certainly. If it came before (the state) as a vote, I probably would vote for it … I can see where it would be a matter for the state to be involved with because of the spread of disease and the likelihood that it would cause violence. I can see legitimate reasons to push that as a crime.”

Haase denied that he planned to impose his extreme conservative views on the judicial selection process, saying “It would be an inconvenient way to do it.”

Understandably, the committee didn’t put Haase’s nomination up for a vote, deciding to take a “deeper look.”

It’s not unusual for a governor to try and stack the deck with like-minded appointees on government panels, but criminalizing sex raised eyebrows.

Wanna bet that most of the sexual criminals in Haase’s American Taliban society would be women?

The one little bit of interesting info in the Anchorage Daily News article:

“Former Gov. Sarah Palin said she didn’t like the weight given by the council to attorney reviews of candidates. Several conservatives sued in federal court to have the council declared unconstitutional but their case was thrown out in 2009.

Palin appointed Kathleen Tompkins-Miller, wife of tea party Senate candidate Joe Miller, to the council in 2009.”

Interesting. Palin back Miller’s contentious losing campaign, that was marked with bizarre episodes,  extremist anti-government rhetoric, and the revelation that Miller used government computers for unethical politicking.

Photo Credits: Wikimedia/Hester Prynne & Pearl before the stocks/Mary Hallock Foote/Public Domain/Eagle Forum website/Don Haase/official photo.


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