“Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said pregnancies resulting from rape are part of God’s plan, tearfully explaining that he only supports abortions when a mother’s life is in danger. “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,” Mourdock said during Tuesday’s Senate debate, choking up.”
Okay, aside from the obvious – that Mourdock thinks he’s the proxy boss of you cuz God ain’t tough enough to do it Himself, that Mourdock has the power to read God’s mind, and that Mourdock has anointed himself as the official ancient-book-of grudges-smitings-and-revenge story interpreter – what’s wrong with this picture?
Yes! You are correct! He says, right there, that rape pregnancies are “something that God intended to happen.” So, I guess we could then extrapolate that “murder is something that God intended to happen.” And “running over a pack of third graders with my car is something that God intended to happen.” And even, “my daughter getting a LEGAL abortion because she was raped is something that God intended to happen.”
Let’s call this what it is. Mourdock wants to get elected and the people voting for him are apparently not able to perform the difficult and complex logic of if-A-then-B. I hope these people don’t think God only perks up his ears when some girl gets raped so He can make her conceive, and then lets all that other, minor stuff – war, hunger, suppressing the vote – just go on happening willy-nilly.
Of course, there is the bare possibility – that tiny crack of light under the door – that we are ON OUR OWN. Perhaps the decisions we make that allow some people to escape the consequences of heinous crimes (the executives of AIG come to mind) are due to OUR malfeasance, and not some sky-fairy’s.
Because you just can’t say that God intends some things to happen and not others. He’s either all-powerful, or he isn’t. And, as Susan B. Anthony once said, “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”
I think even Indiana voters can figure this one out.