Richard Mourdock, a conservative Republican who is running for the U.S. Senate in Indiana, was asked at a debate last night whether abortion should be allowed in cases of rape or incest. His response: "I struggled with it myself for a long
time, but I came to realize that life is that 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." Of course, controversy has inevitably ensued from this side-eyeing remark. Bookeristas weigh in on the controversial issue:
YES: Stacy Swimp: "Mourdock Is Standing Strong For The Sanctity Of Life"
The conservative Republican blogger in Michigan writes: "God tempts no man to do evil (James 1:13). Hence, no rape is the will of God. However, no life exists except that God grants that life. If a woman is impregnated during the course of a rape, it is indeed a very tragic circumstance for a conception of a pregnancy. Yet, even then, God allowed that conception to take place for purposes that cannot possibly be perceived through our human lenses. In effect, God is the giver of life. If a life is granted through conception during a rape, it is indeed the will of God."
The libertarian-conservative Republican blogger side-eyes Richard Mourdock's provocative statement: "How stupid can you be? Let's just leave 'God's will' out of our political discourse, PLEASE. Republicans seem determined to lose. I'm not going to say that Mourdock is evil or that he 'hates women.' He just needs to shut up. Half the U.S. black population would not be here were it not for Europeans raping African women, but that doesn't mean we just take it as 'God's will.' We remain outraged. We fight to make sure it never happens again."