When candidates claim to speak for God

  • Article by: Amanda Marcott , Slate
  • Updated: October 25, 2012 - 12:04 PM

Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is being widely denounced for saying pregnancies that occur after rapes are 'intended' by God.

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kvarnoldOct. 24, 12 2:17 PM

These vile people are the ones who have taken control of the Republican Party, and are supported by their candidates for President and Vice-President. And there are people who still want to vote for them? Un-beee-lievable...

kvarnoldOct. 24, 12 2:20 PM

Do the nations Christian churches have any questions about why Americans are attending less and disowning them more? Look no further than this guy, or Akin, et al...

dirtydogsOct. 24, 12 2:23 PM

How do we know rapes are not intended by the devil. If you believe in God, we are also taught to believe in the devil. Seems to me an act this horrible is not the will of god.

verstandOct. 24, 12 2:26 PM

People like Richard Mourdock just don't know when to stop. Beyond the utterly awful and insensitive way he talked about the issue at hand, it opens a whole can of worms. According to his logic, a great many things would fall under "intended by God", ranging from drunk driving car accidents and workplace shootings, to acts of terror and war. All of them have bad actors. Take free will out of the picture, and not much (bad) humans do can be labeled wrong anymore. I for one, am not willing to submit to this simplistic view.

therabbiOct. 24, 12 2:31 PM

He's not speaking for me!

kookoolooOct. 24, 12 2:48 PM

When anybody tells you that they are speaking for God it is time to close your ears and run away!

LicoriceOct. 24, 12 2:52 PM

Why would any woman vote Republican this year? The party is full of this guy's fellow travelers, including its vice presidential standard bearer, who signed on to Akin's "forcible rape" bill. What would Mourdock do if it were his wife impregnated by a rapist?

gimbelOct. 24, 12 2:56 PM

And yet, this poor excuse for a human being is running well ahead of his dem opponent in Indiana. It seems republicans will vote for anybody with an R after their name, no matter what heinous positions they espouse. Truly this guy is way beyond the pale.

revkelliOct. 24, 12 3:02 PM

Forced pregnancy is reproductive coercion. This is a crime against humanity, not consistent with a compassionate or merciful God. In our work counseling women who are facing a difficult personal decision, we hear the echoes of shame that such a misguided theology promotes. A woman who is a survivor of sexual assault needs the mantel of robust support from her faith, not craven words that seek to further diminish her personal autonomy. We stand for reproductive justice because of our faith, and not in spite of it. Rev. Kelli Clement Executive Director MN Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

kookoolooOct. 24, 12 3:16 PM

Whenever someone claims to be speaking for God or claims to have see the virgin mary it is time to use your own critical thinking skills, close your ears and run away!


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