Republican belief in divine rape blows up Senate debate

Republican Richard Mourdock opposes abortion even in cases of rape because such pregnancies are God’s will, he claimed during Tuesday’s final U.S. Senate debate.

“I struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen,” Mourdock said, choking back tears.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly did not directly respond during the debate to Mourdock’s belief in the divinity of pregnancy by rape. Donnelly said he opposes abortion but supports exceptions for rape, incest and the health of a pregnant woman.

Following the debate, Donnelly said, “The God I believe in and the God I know most Hoosiers believe in, does not intend for rape to happen — ever.”

“What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape,” Donnelly said.

Aside from abortion, Donnelly and Mourdock reiterated familiar campaign themes during the one-hour debate at Indiana University Southeast…

Despite their differences, the Republican and Democratic candidates both said they support gun rights, oppose gay marriage and are in favor of term limits.

A poll released Tuesday found Donnelly and Mourdock statistically tied in their race to replace Republican Dick Lugar in the U.S. Senate.

Sounds to me like they’re battling to prove who can be the most opportunist in a chamber looking forward to meeting next year’s line-up of lobbyists. With one exception. Time and again, Republican candidates make certain voters know they prefer a theocracy to secular independent government.

That is scary. That is counter to the origins and history of this nation. It certainly contradicts the chosen direction of Western democracy.

Another one of those states where I would be voting against the evil of two lessers. At best.