What Richard Murdoch said about rape: “I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,”
This needs to be put in some context and not be subject to the partisan nuttiness that it has already been subjected too. Murdoch did not say that God intends rape to happen. What Murdoch said is that life when it is formed, no matter how it is formed…..is a gift of God. That is the Christian belief and that is what he was saying. It is logically possible to separate the two concepts of the rape and the life formed from the rape, despite people’s prejudices. Just stop and think about it for a second. Does anyone honestly believe that a child born of rape was somehow less deserving of being born, than a child born of a consesual act of sex. Does anyone honestly think that a life conceived from an act of rape is not a treasure and deserves to be treated with as much dignity and respect as a life conceived from consensual sex? Now, I do think that it is the wrong path to pursue banning abortion in the law, and I think the fact that this is an election issue is patently absurd. But please can we stop parsing this man’s words for poltiical gain? Does anyone honestly think that a Senator is that stupid to think and say in public that rape is act intended by God?????? This is just another example of selective outrage, perpetrated by both sides way too often in this campaign and its disgusting. The only reason that Mitt Romney disavows what Murdoch said, is because perception has become reality. And the widespread perception is that Murdoch said something terrible, so Mitt Romney has to make sure he disavows it no matter what.
The life was a gift from God…not the rape. Because you can have a rape without the conception of a baby, therefore it is not only possible to separate the two concepts but also completely logical and this is what Christianity does and this is what Murdoch did in his comment.
Could he have used better word choice than “intended to happen”? Sure he could have. But that is no reason to assail the man for this comment. You could assail him for wanting to think that abortion is something that can be banned in the law. But not for the comment.