Mourdock’s Walk On the Wild Side

There are days, like today, where I’m quite certain I’ve stepped into Fringe’s parallel universe. It’s the only explanation I can come up with for stories like the one about Richard Mourdock.

Speaking Logically=Candidates Gone Wild

For those of you who haven’t seen the CV memo or heard the buzz on Facebook, some folks in the press are gnashing their teeth and rending their garments because a Republican senatorial candidate in Indiana took a little walk on the wild side, having the nerve to say that all life is a gift from God, even those lives that are conceived through the horrible tragedy of rape.

The Corner has a delightful little list of headlines hitting the wires about the statement. Do check it out if you have time. My favorite, hands down, though, is this one from Salon: “Richard Mourdock—Misogynist.”

This is the stuff that gets me all dizzy and confused and looking for portholes back to my own universe.

You see, in my universe, recognizing that there is no inherent difference between a child conceived by rape and a child conceived within a loving marriage isn’t misogynistic. It’s logical. Sort of like adding two plus two and getting four.

Also in my universe, there is real misogyny worth getting worked up about—misogyny like the blatant sexualization of young girls taking place in our culture today (which I address here in a story for OSV).

If reporters really want to get their knickers in a bunch about misogyny, perhaps they could worry more about companies peddling push up bras to six-year-olds and less about faux controversies whose shock value hinges purely on taking some poor man’s statement out of context.

But that’s not what they want. All the outrage over Mourdock’s “misogyny” and the cries about Republicans’ continued “war on women”? That’s faux too. Those doing the shrillest shrieking aren’t really outraged over the assertion that one life is as precious as the other.

What they’re outraged over is the assertion that the life in the womb is actually a life, that it is precious, that it is sacred.

The pro-abortion movement has built its entire case on the utterly illogical idea that a child in the womb is only a life, deserving of protection, if it is wanted. And if it’s not wanted, for whatever reason, then it’s not a life. It’s not a child. It’s just a clump of cells.

In effect, proponents of abortion have made a god out of the mother, attributing to her the power to confer dignity and meaning on the child in her womb.

But mothers aren’t gods. Only God is God. Only God creates life. Only God can will life into being. And that’s why all life has dignity and meaning. Because of him. We certainly do our bit to help him out. But our wanting or not wanting the life we helped create, doesn’t make it any more or any less of a life. It doesn’t make it any more or any less of a child, possessing a dignity greater than the angels and deserving of our love.

Of that simple logic, Mourdock reminded people. Which is why the pro-abortion voices in the media have gone to DEFCON One. To proponents of abortion, logic is a dangerous thing. In any rational universe, that much is perfectly clear.



16 thoughts on “Mourdock’s Walk On the Wild Side

  1. Mara says:

    Just a side note, as this is a Republican PAC site: Romney’s office has stated that Romney does not agree with Mr Mourdock’s statement. Apparently not all Conservative Republicans believe that God is the devil.

  2. Mara says:

    Emily, so forcing a rape victim to give birth upholds the dignity of the rape victim and all of humanity. You’ve made God the devil with your analogy. The devil must be laughing his head off at this. What a twisted concept of human dignity you have. You make the pregnant rape victim worthless. It’s like raping her again and again, all in the name of your god. It’s no wonder that you fear God rather than love Him.

    1. Domy Domy says:

      and you make the innocent child worthless.

      but tell me: do you think that there should be a time limit within which the raped woman can decide to have an abortion? or do you think that the raped woman could decide to have the abortion even a the 8th-9th month of pregnancy?

      1. Willie Grace says:

        Do you know any women who have been raped? Why don’t you ask them personally? And you might try to find some data re. how many rape victims have decided to have aboriont in the 8-9th month of pregancy.

        1. Domy Domy says:

          in America abortion is regulate by law so this is not a personal problem of the single woman but this is a subject of discussion.
          And I’m asking to those who are pro choice in case of rape: are you pro choice even when the woman take her decision late in the pregnancy?

          1. MARA says:

            These are 2 different issues. Why are you even asking this question?

  3. I agree Emily! When rapists rape women, those children are a gift from God! We should therefore start congratulating rapists and give them rewards for doing God’s work! That’s the only logical take-away from your post.

    similarly, when priests rape 12 year old girls, and those girls get pregnant, it is a gift from God! Therefore the priest was just doing what God intended. Thank you for pointing out this phenomenal defense for child molesting priests. I’m sure it will prove helpful.

    P.S. If you are constantly looking for portholes to alternative realities, I think you should seek psychiatric assistance, or stop watching so many episodes of “fringe” on Hulu.

  4. Truedom says:

    You are misrepresenting the facts. Mourdock said that rape was what God intended to happen. What you do in the article above is called lying.

    1. ATT says:

      Obviously you didn’t actually read his comments…

  5. Stephen Kokx says:

    Great post, Emily. Fantastic!

    1. applecider rules says:

      The verbatim quote is: “I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” So does that mean that God just controls the advent of pregnancies, but can’t control rapists? Seriously, how do you think you can force a rape victim to give birth?

      1. I heart rapists says:

        No, it means that rapists are doing the Lord’s work and they should be congratulated instead of being put in jail. Such is the logic of the insanity known as the CatholicVote.

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