Impregnated during rape? It’s what God intended.

Richard Mourdock, the Republican candidate for Senate in Indiana, said last night, during a televised debate, that when a woman is impregnated during a rape, “it’s something God intended.” If you don’t believe me, you can find the footage here… I suppose, in a way, it’s a step forward for the Republican party, as, just a few weeks ago, we were talking about Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, and his belief that “legitimate rape” does not lead to pregnancy… So I guess we should be thankful. But, somehow, I just can’t find it in me to warm up to a pro-rape candidate. Still, though, I do think it would be pretty cool to have an elected official with insight into the thought process of God. I imagine that could come in pretty handy, right?

Mourdock, who has been endorsed by Romney, is presently just .3% ahead of his Democratic challenger Joe Donnelly in the polls, and I can’t imagine that this most recent comment will do anything but lose him support. So, it looks as though we may have another opportunity to flip a red seat to blue in the Senate. If you’d like to contribute toward making that happen, you can donate to the Donnelly campaign here. (The Tea Party-backed Mourdock had beaten long-time incumbent Senator Richard Lugar in the primary, after portraying him as too willing to work with Democrats.)

As for the accompanying image, I’m sorry if it doesn’t make sense… It’s just the first thing that popped into my head when I started thinking about God, rape and pregnancy. (Zeus, for those of you who don’t know, was quite fond of taking the shape of animals, and, in that form, fathering immensely powerful children through rape. The image above is of him, relaxing post-coitally, after having mounted Europa. I believe the result of that first union was Minos, but it could have been Rhadamanthys or Sarpedon. I’m ashamed to say that I’m not very good when it comes to mythological birth order.)

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  1. EOS
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    All unborn children — no matter what the circumstance — are gifts from God. All rape is horrific, but that it doesn’t mean an innocent little baby has to die. Mourdock will win – Indiana is overwhelmingly pro-life.

  2. Edward
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    I find it telling that Romney is up by 12 points in Indiana, while Mourdock is only up by .3. That says to me that the people of Indiana, while conservative, see something wrong with this man. His statement yesterday, in my opinion, will only accelerate this. It’s one thing to be pro-life. It’s quite another to be an extremist who claims to speak for God and excuse the act of rape as a gift from heaven.

  3. EOS
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    “It’s quite another to be an extremist who claims to speak for God and excuse the act of rape as a gift from heaven.”

    Glad you realize that your statement is quite another thing from the reality of the situation. No one excused the act of rape and no one claimed to speak for God. You need to differentiate spin from truth.

  4. Tommy
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    EOS – when you gonna go ‘all in’?

    By this I mean – when are you going to get behind passing a law that arrests anyone who either performs or gets an abortion up on ‘pre-meditated murder’ charges with a life sentence without parole?

    Otherwise – shut the fuck up!

  5. anonymous
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    EOS, you need to listen more closely. Mourdock absolutely says that he knows God’s intentions. Like you, and the members of the Taliban, he’s apparently got direct access to the big guy. It must be quite the responsibility.

  6. Meta
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    This is nothing new. Gods have always enjoyed a good rape.

    Here’s another painting of Europa and Zeus (in the form of a bull). I like the look on Zeus’s face.

  7. Mr. X
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Obama addressed Murdock’s statement last night, on the tonight show saying “This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care decisions. Women are capable of making these decisions in consultation with their partners, with their doctors. And for politicians to want to intrude in this stuff, oftentimes without any information, is a huge problem. And this is obviously part of what’s stake at this election.” The video is here.

  8. EOS
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    We know some of God’s intentions because we read his Book. And we have direct access to the throne of God through prayer.

    Politicians have a long history of intruding when individuals collude to take the life of another individual. A woman and her doctor can keep medical issues private, but when they include the slaughter of an innocent child, a just society steps in to protect those unable to help themselves. Prov. 24:11-12

  9. Oliva
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Thanks, Meta. Here’s another, just an hour from here:

  10. Brainless
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Yeah, you losers, “a just society steps in to protect those unable to help themselves”. You tell ’em, God… er, EOS!

    Of course, don’t actually get born or anything. Because, you know, fuck you then.

  11. XXX
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Indiana is close, and they know it. The cheating has already begun. Check out this story on “overzealous” voting purges. (Translation: they’re removing the names of likely Democrats from the list of eligible voters.)

  12. Buddy Jesus
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    A Jewish friend was telling me not too long ago that Jews believe that human life begins at birth. Being that Christianity was born out of Judaism should Christians not believe the same thing? That said they do frown on abortion in general but who is pro abortion? Most are pro choice as a persons body is there own.

    One could also argue that many people who call themselves Christian are truly heretics as they have severed themselves from the Christian lineage and from the true interpretations of the Bible and Christian teachings. So to say one knows God’s intentions is debatable.

  13. SparkleMotion
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    That’s a good point – is anyone really pro-abortion?

  14. Thom Elliott
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Shocking…another doltish white masculinist republican is cynically pandering to the lowest common denominator in an election season. 3O God loves rape babies, and hates women, is it actually suprising that these halfwits who live in hermetically sealed echochambers would hold jawdroppingly vapid beliefs on things like contraception? Rape? This man, Paul Ryan, Todd Akin etc like most reactionary dittoheaded milkbags, are psychologically pathological, they can’t help themselves. Its like a stutter, or a drug addict, they just can’t help holding repugnant antisocial beliefs, so they justify them any way they can, like ascribing God’s will to a rape baby. 3O God’s will can be easily discerned, you just read it in the Bible, because it mentions America/technological modernity/abortion, so many times.

  15. Posted October 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Welcome home, Thom. You were missed.

  16. Posted October 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Here’s my problem with the “gift from God” thing. How many people have worked with kids who spend every minute of the day in pain, banging their heads against things, unable to communicate, feed or toilet themselves and/or who have the mental capacity of a 1 year old (even though they are 12+)? How exactly is that a gift? Whose “gift” is it? Is it a “gift” to the parents who know that when they die, their child might very likely end up warehoused in some nursing home? Is it a “gift” to the child who suffers all day and can’t even tell you what the problem is? Is it a “gift” to us teachers who get to watch this and do the best we can even though every doctor at UM says that the kids will never get beyond the cognition of a 12 month old?

    I believe in God and consider myself fairly religious. And I don’t consider this to be a “gift”.

  17. Posted October 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Buddy Jesus…actually, I learned that it begins at the “first breath” but yeah, close enough.

  18. EOS
    Posted October 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    “Pro-choice” is just a label to hide behind. Don’t kid yourself. If you vote for people who call killing babies a woman’s health issue that the rest of society has to pay for, then you are pro-abortion.

    I don’t think there are many who would call themselves Pro-rape either, but I thank God there are no organized groups who advocate that men should have a choice, after all, it’s their body. Who are we to suggest that they not use it to inflict a violent act on another?

  19. Thom Elliott
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Rape is a ponderously popular pastime of the sociopathic masculinist males that you openhandedly support EOS. 1 in 3 women are raped or molested, if you’re an aborigional American women its about 300% likelihood of being raped, and women’s shelters are shuttering everyday in this patriarchal plutocratic protestant theocracy. I would bet the farm on at least a couple of these degenerate white male republicans running for office have had sex with a women who was too drunk to say no while they were fratboys. That’s the only way I can figure that they have such an easy time talking about how women should perpetuate the germlines of their brutal rapists, because rape is just not a big deal for them. Rape is just another form of conception, and everytime that legitimately happens its 3O God’s will. This is just more bullshit diversion from talking about the real issue here, our out of control rape culture society republicans have no problem with.

  20. EOS
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    O.K. Thom,

    So in your mind, it’s very wrong for a Dad to rape his daughter but completely fine for a Mom to kill her? One is a sociopathic act and the other is the equivalent of taking out the garbage?

  21. Oliva
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Horrifying confusion re. bodies and rights:

    “I thank God there are no organized groups who advocate that men should have a choice, after all, it’s their body. Who are we to suggest that they not use it to inflict a violent act on another?”

  22. EOS
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Yes Oliva

    And the confusion is intentional on the part of abortion advocates. The military branches know quite well that you must dehumanize the enemy first before a sentient being could possibly take the life of that “other”.

  23. Mr. X
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    The people of Indiana apparently aren’t as stupid as you give them credit for, EOS. Mourdock’s support is plummeting.

    “The Republican Party has historically leveraged the subject of abortion far more effectively than Democrats. This year, it could cost them control of the Senate.

    The Senate has been up for grabs since the beginning of the cycle. Democrats currently control 53 seats, including the two independents in their caucus, but are defending 23 seats to just 10 on the Republican side. The possibilities are multiplied by uncertainty over who will wield the tie-breaking vote—Vice President Joe Biden or Rep. Paul Ryan—and which party Maine independent Angus King will shack up with in the likely event that he wins.

    Two major blows have befallen the Republicans since August. First, Todd Akin’s campaign imploded over his statement that women rarely get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” Now, Senate candidate Richard Mourdock in Indiana is watching his luck nosedive after stating that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Under the Signal’s prediction model, his odds of victory have plummeted 50 points in 36 hours.”

    Senate race in Indiana now leaning Democratic after Mourdock’s abortion comment

  24. Oliva
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Quick-pivot artistry, a la Romney! (Re. EOS’s last.)

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