Richard Murdoch’s Rape Comment: Perception Becomes Reality

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.

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6 thoughts on “Richard Murdoch’s Rape Comment: Perception Becomes Reality

  1. These idiots will never learn to confine their religious views to their church and there homes. It does not belong in the legislature. There is a reason why the word “God” does not appear in our Constitution. The founders realized that this country was not the exclusive property of Christians. There are Hindus, Muslims, Jews, etc here too.

  2. The problem is this… his views, to me, leads me to believe that this man can not separate Church and State. And this goes to the core issue with mainly women but some men. The issue is he, along with other mainly Republicans want to restrict women from the choice and free will of abortion. I believe in God, and from what I learned we were given free will and were to be judged by God. Issues like this should be left to a woman to choose since it is her body.

  3. To the writer of this opinion piece, I commend you for asking, “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?”

      • Your looking at this from the wrong direction. For a woman who is raped it is the single worst thing that has happened in her life and being reminded of that event trau Alize’s her for the rest of her life. Should her child, the light of her life, also be the thing which reminds her of the worst event in her life? This isn’t fair to the mother or the child. The woman should have the right to say that she doesn’t want her life to be affected in this way. What she does with that right is up to her but no one should be able to take that right from her.

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