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.

Faith-healer parents get probation in son’s death

Dad and mom

A couple who prayed over their dying son rather than taking him to a doctor were sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years’ probation, and ordered to ensure regular medical care for their seven surviving children.

The couple, Herbert Schaible, 42, and Catherine Schaible, 41, members of the fundamentalist First Century Gospel Church, a congregation in the Juniata section of Philadelphia that teaches faith healing, were convicted in December of involuntary manslaughter after their 2-year-old son died of bacterial pneumonia in 2009.

Judge Carolyn Engel Temin of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas ordered the couple to arrange for their children, ages 1 to 15, to be examined by a doctor in the next month, to make follow-up visits, and to immediately follow a doctor’s advice on medical care for the children, said Tasha Jamerson, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia district attorney’s office.

The Schaibles put their son Kent to bed with what appeared to be a heavy cold, and prayed over him rather than seeking medical help, jurors heard during a three-day trial. He died on Jan. 24, 2009, after a two-week illness.

Yup. All the conflicts are there. It’s difficult on the one hand to wish these deluded people ill after they bear the responsibility for their child’s death. Though, the first question that comes to mind is do they accept that responsibility or simply pass it off as their God’s will?

The father’s statement following the guilty verdict tells me he hasn’t accepted any responsibility at all:

“The legal community is trying to force our church group to put them in the hands of this flawed medical system, when they have chosen to put them in the hands of a perfect God, who does not make mistakes.”

Ponzi scheme pastor gets 12 years in the slammer

A California judge ordered a clergyman and a co-defendant to pay back $28 million to victims of an investment scam.

Pastor Robert Jennings, 59, Perris, Calif., was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in the Ponzi scheme in which victims were corralled in conference calls that stressed that proposed deals were “God’s Will.”

Jennings represented himself as the president of a coal company during regular conference calls with his “investors” and led them in group prayers.

They also took money for what they called a secret sale of 20,000 tons of gold between Israel and the United Arab Emirates…There were group prayers and a claim the gold transaction was divinely inspired during the groups’ calls to investors.

All together, now – “There is no patch for stupidity”.