Here is Richard Mourdock, candidate for the U.S. Senate from Indiana. Mourdock is a slight favorite in his race against Joe Donnelly.
Mourdock has some strong beliefs on abortion. He opposes it in all instances, except for when the mother’s life is in danger. Mourdock’s committed beliefs are not the problem. It is how he justifies them that is troubling. According to Mourdock, a woman who is raped, and has the added misfortune of becoming pregnant from it, is just an instrument of God’s will. Mourdock stated that pregnancy from rape is what “God intended to happen.”
That outrageous comment can’t be interpreted as anything but a justification for rape. As extreme as Mourdock is, it is difficult to imagine that is what he means. Mourdock needs to think through his philosophy a bit further or maybe stop talking.
But let’s look at the good side of the comment. If elected, at least there would be one senator who is close enough to God to be in on His intentions. Maybe next time Mourdock can fill us in on how war, famine and pestilence fit into the grand design.