“I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God,” Mr. Mourdock said. “And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” So says Richard Mourdock, a Republican Senate candidate from Indiana. What is he really saying? Is he saying that Jehovah intended the rape, or that Jehovah used the rape as an excuse to make the woman pregnant? The phrase “they walk among us” comes to mind.
Then there is Todd Akin‘s remarks that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
I can see where Republicans would be against abortion but, I can’t see where they would be coming up with blatantly stupid comments such as this. So I ask, again, “what is with these people”.
I understand that our politicians seem to have an aversion to the truth but, can’t they at least think about what they are saying BEFORE they say it? I can’t even imagine what it is like to have ben raped, and don’t want to know, and I CAN NOT conceive of a God who would INTEND someone to experience that, or who would leave her a pregnancy that would forever remind her of that experience.
If the voters elect either of these two morons I would have to say “you deserve the kind of government that YOU elect”.
Personally, if I one of these bozos was the only choice my party put of for an election I would have to vote for somebody, anybody, else. I would love to be able to, in good conscience, vote my party but, there are limitations on STUPIDITY that should not be exceeded, and these guys have gone way past that..
That Joe Guy.
- Dear Richard Mourdock, God Did Not Intend For My Rape To Happen (mommyish.com)
- Ind. GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock: Pregnancy from rape can be ‘something that God intended to happen’ – @washingtonpost (washingtonpost.com)
- Richard Mourdock, God, and Rape (newyorker.com)
- Paul Brandeis Raushenbush: No Mr. Mourdock, God Didn’t Intend That (huffingtonpost.com)
- GOP Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock Thinks Rape is, ‘Something God Intended’ (jezebel.com)
- Richard Mourdock under fire for rape remarks (politico.com)
- Richard Mourdock rape remarks prompt calls for Romney to act (guardian.co.uk)
- Romney distances himself from Republican’s remarks on rape (blogs.mcclatchydc.com)
- Pregnancies from rape God’s will? (abc15.com)
- Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock in rape row – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
Politics does make for strange bedfellows… (No tie-in intended here.) Recently I saw an article in the Formula One news that Ferrari was being admonished by India’s Foreign Minister — on the eve of India’s first Grand Prix — for displaying an emblem of the ITALIAN NAVY on the nose of the Ferrari F-1 Team cars. Seems there was an incident in International water of two Indian fisherman being mistaken for High Seas Pirates and Killed by two Italian patrol boat crewmen, who claimed they were defending a nearby vessel. There is an ongoing discussion between the two countries — which is widely known internationally — and surely the nice lads at Ferrari had bolstering the image of the Italian Navy in mind when they did this — but they crossed the boundary line between Politics and Sports. The Wide World of Sports has enough intrigue (and internal politics) and does not require any more from “outsiders”! Another terrific example of saying something through advertising happened in 1983. Argentina and Great Britain had a coming-together over the Falkland Islands, a long and boring on-going dispute. It finally turned to bloodshed by Argentina when the British Navy sent a squadron of ships to the area to defend British subjects on the Islands. The Argentines attacked the British Fleet and sank a cruiser, causing casualties. Quite famously the British had some T-Shirts made that read (at the time the 2nd Star Wars Movie was being released) “INVASION OF THE FALKLANDS — THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!” Admittedly it was one of the better uses for ink and cotton/polyester blends, but it offended Argentina who is a member of the Oraganizastion of American States, to which the U. S. is also a member. The U.S. diplomatic corps also could have got their butt in a sling over not supporting our NATO Ally Great Britain!! Okay — enough of that…
As you can see, as if things aren’t bad enough when arguments get out of hand, throwing GOD into the mix is not going to help. First of all, NO ONE KNOWS what the Good Lord intends! Those that do usually wind up in a sort of padded room wearing an very inconvenient wrap-around jacket. It is IMHO not a bad thing to put these supposedly “trustworthy” politcos in the same attire for (1) invoking GOD into politics, (2) not thinking before they speak, (3) not having any personal experience to back up their idiotic statements, and finally (4) on General Principles!
There is supposed to be a seperation of (legitimate) Church and State. Please, let us make it so!
It is a life-altering experience for a woman to be raped, especially within a family, and the resulting pregnancy should not have to be endured. Joe makes a good point over that case, and I agree. Why ruin the many lives involved when we can undo an unintended situation? If GOD truly does know everything, and if GOD is truly a merciful GOD, then one can most likely presume that GOD has not deemed this most horrific act something that should NOT be undone by Man, since it was Man who created it in the first place! By saying that GOD would have authorized this or that is to blame GOD for our own shortcomings! I am quite sure that GOD will have something to say about this in the Final Days (hopefully not this December!). Until then it not for us to drag his name “through the mud” reagarding our own faults. And if one thinks the opposite — which is their right — then they should keep it to themselves and not make it a platform for politcal office! Democrats and Republicans are both responsible for these actions, and ultimately, the RE-actions! We are a country founded on the Belief In GOD and the moral practices instilled by GOD (The Ten Commandments, remember? Not to mention The Golden Rule…). If you do not think so, then this was a waste of time on my part. And I’m not runnig for — or away — from anything…
Dennis Prager (a Republican) likes to say “There are two political parties in America: the dangerous and the stupid. I’m a member of the stupid party.” He had in find incidents like this. I’m a Republican too, but I wish our percentage of stupid was lower than it is.