Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Yet another entry in the "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" Dept.

It just never seems to stop, does it?

Today we are graced with a quote from one Richard Mourdock, candidate for the US Senate from Indiana. It should come as no great surprise to most people that this fool is (a) a Republican, (b) supported by Mitt Romney and his campaign, and (c) backed by the Tea Party. Here is his wisdom:

"I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is a gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

So in one fell swoop, Mourdock not only reveals his own loathsomeness, but manages to drag the God in which he professes to believe down into the same fetid swamp of stinking ignorance. I mean, think about it: What kind of God would want -- would INTEND, in fact, which pretty much means that that God is MAKING it happen, given the alleged omnipotent and omniscient powers of that God -- that a woman who undergoes the pain and indignity and trauma of rape must not only suffer all of that, but become pregnant from the heinous crime, to boot?

I'm not a "believer", but if I were, that would NOT be a God I would want to pledge myself to.

After revealing himself as a sufferer from "foot in mouth disease", Mourdock tried to defend himself with the following statement:

"For those who want to kind of twist the comments and use them for partisan, political gain, I think that's what's wrong with Washington these days. I spoke from my heart; I spoke with my principle; I spoke from my faith. And if others want to somehow turn those words and use them against me, again, that's what's wrong with Washington today."

We get it, Mr. Mourdock, even if you don't -- we can see exactly what your "faith" and "heart" and "principles", such as they are, have led you to believe. And your attempt to deflect attention from your abysmal stupidity with a pathetic whine about  "what's wrong with Washington today" won't fool anyone with half a brain. -- PL


jstr4life said...

I'd almost say this is a case of terrible wording. Maybe "God has a plan, even for a child conceived by rape," would have been less jarring. I myself have a personal stake in this, as my wife and the mother of my son is a child born from such circumstances.

Mayhem said...

Are verbal rape gaffs a GOP exclusive currently? It's like buses, you wait ages for one and then a bunch come together...

Personally I wish US politics was secular, but it will never happen.

Nicholas Burgess said...

It seems like half a decade ago, the hot new thing was for anti-gay republicans to be outed as gay themselves ("wide stance," etc). The NEW hot new thing is for republicans to say terrible things about women and rape.

I wouldn't call this a "gaffe." This is what this guy believes, truly! It's no mistake.

It's also a natural extension of many people's beliefs. Any time you hear someone say "it's all in God's plan," (in reference to bad things happening) this is where that thinking leads. It's a real paradox that pops up when you starting thinking about the ramifications of the existence of an omnipotent god. Fortunately for religion, most people don't think too hard about it.