Thursday, October 25, 2012

Mourdock's rape and pregnancy comments: is there NO room for his opinion?

By now I’m sure you’ve heard Richard Mourdock’s rape and pregnancy comments.  If not, then here are his comments:

I COMPLETELY understand why many folks have taken issue with Mr. Mourdock's comments.  Rape, abortion, and anything dealing with pregnancy is pretty much taboo for congressmen to talk about, especially during an election season.  But here we are...AGAIN.

Now, it didn’t look as if this topic was going to be a post on our blog; however, this issue did result in a pretty lengthy back and forth between the UP staff which of course meant we needed to bring it to all of our readers for their opinion. 
Mourdock, whose comments come weeks after Missouri congressman Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape,”   has made himself a modern day Typhoid Mary as every Republican up for election in 2012 is moving as far away from his words as possible.  The left wing blogosphere and media heavy weights are ripping him to shreds.  However, the conversation we had internally took a different look at this issue.

You see, I think it is important to really look at what Mourdock said.  In my opinion, he wasn't saying that the HORRIBLE nature of rape was part of God's plan, but that life, the child, is still precious.  I do believe that he felt that the creation of a human life is something of high value.  And this was the central issue during our internal discussion. 

Many Christians believe that life (and death) is a decision only for God.  So is there room for someone in congress to have this point of view?  While I don’t agree with Mr. Mourdock’s comments (totally)  I do respect them.  But to understand that, you must first understand that the comment was NOT about rape as MSNBC would have you to believe.  The comment was about the creation of life.  Yes, as hard as it is for some to believe, there are many people in our country who believe that human life (and the protection of that life) trumps all other matters.  Many of these folks believe this way because of their religious upbringing.   Should we bash folks who believe that life (regardless how created) is a gift from God and should be protected?  I’m not convinced.
Don’t get me wrong, I can absolutely see why folks are offended by this issue, but, for those of us who grew up in a Christian household, let’s not pretend that this is the first time we’ve heard this.  I understand that this is crazy political season, but I don’t think this is a vote changing issue.  Some folks think life is precious above all else, and others don’t.  Both deserve representation, right?
The argument has been made that a pregnancy resulting from rape isn’t a gift from God but a result of violence.  Of course, I wonder if people who are alive today that were conceived during rape feel as if their life is less in the eyes of God than others.  I don’t know, but it is an interesting question.

What are your thoughts?
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