“I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,” says a fascist from Indiana.
I’m experiencing rape fatigue, so I can’t even.
It is a logical consequence of the common Christian belief that God has a plan, that everything has a purpose. Of course, it also means that people who have abortions are serving God’s will.
He and other members of the Religious Right are similarly consistent in their opposition to abortion in cases of rape and incest.
If more people cared about understanding their own beliefs, there would either be fewer Christians or much less uproar over comments like this.
“Of course, it also means that people who have abortions are serving God’s will.”
It also means that it was God’s will that the person be raped, which what’s his face feigned outrage over when that was pointed out to him. How is that consistent?
(NB, my problem isn’t that they are inconsistent assholes. My problems it that they are assholes.)
I believe he said that God intended rape, but doesn’t want it. This means that God does not desire suffering for us for the sake of suffering, but instead for the sake of some grand purpose that only suffering can fulfill. It is a standard (failed) resolution to the theological problem of evil.
Or: he’s being inconsistent in order to (1) maintain his position on abortion and (2) have a chance of winning the election.
Or: he doesn’t understand his own beliefs.
The possibilities are not all mutually exclusive.
Also, how is it consistent to say that life begins at conception and not punish women for their negligence during pregnancy?
I guess he could weasel out of that one by claiming that (1) we don’t have the resources for the micromanagement necessary to account for negligence during pregnancy and (2) the government would go overboard with its standards for negligence. As a conservative, he probably already opposes laws that would improve the nutritional value of food served in public schools (among other laws that help those of us who are unfortunate enough to live outside the womb) simply on the grounds that they “restrict freedom,” so it’s anyone’s guess as to how he decides what is right or wrong. Unfortunately, politicians aren’t called on this nonsense in settings where everyone hears.
“Fatigue” is an understatement. Ugh.
US politics seem so much more . . . exciting/energetic/vigourous . . . I am not sure which word is right . . . that ours in the UK.
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