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.)