Sympathy for the Devil

October 25, 2012

So, I’m trying to plumb the contours of Indiana Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock’s, odd theology —and apparently Mitt Romney’s, John McCain’s and the rest of the modern Republican Party’s tortured God-slandering Christianity.

Mourdock took some time today to explain his notorious rape statement.

What he said was, “I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Realizing he might have said something that to many (especially women and some fathers of daughters, husbands, and probably a bunch of brothers and uncles) might have sounded crass and absurd, Mourdock, in a later sort-of-apology, took pains to distinguish the fact of rape with the blessing of God’s intention.

Mourdock said he was not saying that God intended that rapes happen but that any rape-induced conception was in God’s plan.He made it sound as if God was in a pact with the horned one  —as if God were divvying up responsibility; as if the Lord was handing the actual rape over to Satan and grabbing the good part (the glory, beauty  and wonder of life) for Himself by gifting the rape victim with His intention of conception. A miracle springing from brutality. Utterly weird.
This wouldn’t be the first time God teamed up with the Prince of Darkness. The Book of Job gives us an account of a previous deal between the two.  But the story of Job is legend while what Mourdock and his current party-gone-completely-loony seem to think is that not only do they know what God intends, but that He is as much of a religious crackpot as they are.
And almost 50% of the voting American public want to vote for these lunatics?!
If that’s Christianity, give me atheism any day.

.by Jim Culleny 10/25/12


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