Representative Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, told a St. Louis television station he does not support abortion for rape victims because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Oh, really, Todd? And where did you hear that load of happy horseshit? Evidently, he’s been reading some really old books, because the idea “dates at least to medieval times, when a 13th century English legal tome called Fleta asserted that pregnancy was prima facia evidence against a charge of rape.” Interestingly, modern science has demonstrated this theory to be COMPLETE BATCRAP.
And if this isn’t bad enough – spouting off malarkey as truth, allowing dogma to take the place of evidence, and placing women far, far down the totem pole of male respect, somewhere between “pet turtles” and “house cats” – this guy is a member of the AMERICAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SCIENCE COMMITTEE!! Like it isn’t enough that we have the Texas school board rewriting history, now we have crazy politicians lecturing us about science too! Shades of idiot Republican representative Bill Frist, the guy who looked at a video of brain-dead Terry Schiavo and said “Yeah, she’s fine. I can tell from the TV screen.” You know, you can search far and wide in the Democratic fold and never find something to equal that simultaneous suck-up to the anti-choice Bircher base combined with genuine interference with the basic American freedom to make decisions for YOUR OWN FAMILY. And still people tell me, “Well, the Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans!” NO THEY’RE NOT. GET OVER IT ALREADY!
It is the sad truth that the scientifically inclined have trouble enough as it is: the vast majority of them are atheists or agnostics, which if the Religious Right had its way, would be punishable by death. I still have people tell me, when I ask for evidence of something or another, to look in the Bible. Well, once you get down to the Bible Level, there’s no more territory to explore with these people; all roads are blocked. It is a serious mental condition, in my opinion: the propensity to use a thousand-year-old book written by a bunch of men (men, again) who had many different political axes grinding, many different hallucinogenic trips embarked upon, and many threats of drawing-and quartering hanging over their heads if they dared question the party line. Yeah, that’s a volume I’d really choose to trust when building my world view.
And now, Todd Akin. If there really was a God, he’d let me go to sleep now, and wake me up when this election cycle is over.