I'm trying hard to get this straight: Richard Mourdock, Indiana's Treasurer, running for the U.S Senate, thinks God intends for rapes to occur? Or does he mean the life resulting from a rape to occur? Does he even know what he means? Here is the quote.
"Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something in that God intended to happen."
His supporters insist he was only confirming his belief that life begins at conception. Either that is true and he's perhaps the world's worst communicator of ideas, or he is really saying women's rights are incidental to God's will. Lets put that to the test. Did Yahweh say to the Virgin Mary: Excuse, maam, may I impregnate thee with this here lil ol dose of the holy spirit? No ... he just went ahead and said through his angels: You're having my boy; you should be honoured ... so learn to live with it. But how is that a test you may rightly ask?
Given that Mourdock thinks God controls the Universe and that, biology doesn't work simply in an uncontrolled fashion, he clearly sees pregnant women as incubators for God, as analogized by the absence of the "Virgin" Mary's consent (So much for Christian free will!). And so Mourdock's line, something in that God intended to happen, merely rewords the ancient male disregard for female rights over their own bodies - asserted from behind the veil of a handy religious belief.
His statement is pure politics from a man backed to the hilt by the very strange Tea Party. It is targeted at the secular left - all those 'feminazis and bleeding heart hippy greenie types who wanna turn the good Lord's America into a socialist jail of government programs'. It is an age old narration peddled in the faux language of family values on behalf of a male god, male saviour, a patriarchal church and a male dominated body politic. It's pure sexism, and it shows religious fundamentalism to be the eternal political wolf in sheep's clothing.