When Tea Is The Wrong Kind Of Party: Mistaken Akin Claims Of Legitimate Rape


Is it me, or when election time rolls around, do the Republican crazies seem to surge during an election year?

Witness if you will: Congressscum Akin has come out with the…most witless, stupidest, misogynistic crap yet:

In an August 19, 2012 interview aired on St. Louis television station KTVI-TV, Akin was asked his views on whether women who became pregnant due to rape should have the option of abortion. He replied:

“Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

The comment was widely criticized as false. Medical experts say there is no evidence to support the assertion that women are less likely to get pregnant from rape compared with consensual sex. A three-year study of 4008 adult American women from 1996 that found rape-related pregnancy occurred with “significant frequency” was cited as evidence against Akin’s claim.

I’m positive crack heads could make more cogent commentary. Who would even defend such idiocy?

Sadly, all the usual suspects:

Akin has been defended by some social conservative organizations and notable Republicans, including the Family Research Council and Mike Huckabee.[59] A spokesman for the Council said that “We feel this is a case of gotcha politics… We know who Todd Akin is. We’ve worked with him up on the hill. He’s a defender of life.” Akin’s remarks were also defended by the evangelical Christian activist Kirk Cameron.[61] A representative of the American Family Association cited a 1999 article by Doctor John C. Willke to argue Akin “was exactly right”. Pro-life theologian Pia de Solenni called Akin’s remarks “idiotic”, but also claimed that there is “no solid data” on the question of whether rape inhibits pregnancy, and opined that it was not a “far stretch [from effects of long-term stress on fertility] to wonder if women who are raped might have a lesser rate of pregnancy resulting from the rape”. Robert Fleischmann, director of pro-life group Christian Life Resources, similarly argued that Akin’s point was plausible but lacked data (“I have yet to see a study that demonstrates some sort of contraceptive effect from a rape. I do believe, however, it is not an unwarranted conclusion.” and “Statistically speaking, it appears something happens in a rape, either with the victim or with the perpetrator, that reduces the incidence of pregnancy.”). In response to Republican demands that he resigns, Personhood USA spokeswoman Jennifer Mason said that Akin’s position “is an integral part of the Republican Party platform, the same position that was held by President Ronald Reagan” and that “[we] are left with Reagan Republicans, who agree with the Republican Party platform on abortion, and Romney Republicans, a fringe group of liberals who compromise on human life. Mike Huckabee supported Akin by soliciting donations for his Senate campaign, in which he accused the “Republican establishment” of a “carefully orchestrated and systematic attack.”

That anyone in their right minds could even side with a breath-takingly ignorant statement is officially mind-boggling.

The great divide here is not about anything else but the delusion that there is some sort of ‘soul’ involved, that much talked-about, much glorified, but incredibly unprovable ethereal mythological will-o-the wisp that human beings are mysterious imbued with at birth (or as the more deluded claim, at conception).

We should then work from the assumption that there is no such critter, and deal with the harsh realities of the real world.

But then, when the surreal nonsense of religion invades the domicile of reason, it makes me lose some hope for our species.

Till the next post, then.

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5 Responses to When Tea Is The Wrong Kind Of Party: Mistaken Akin Claims Of Legitimate Rape

  1. ChuckA says:

    I think we’ve all, occasionally, begun to hear, of late: “This is not your father’s Republican party.”
    Oh, really?…I’d say, somewhat similarly, this isn’t anyone who’s old enough to remember the 1960’s…Republican party.
    I focus on the 1960s, because, in my 72 year memory, it was particularly in the mid to late ‘60s and 1970s that the extremely fucktard “Jesus Freak”/”Born-again” movement began revving up; which, of course, turned into the so-called “Moral Majority”. And, as we all know, that was the essential political impetus for the Republican party eventually becoming the “Republican Church” party. Yeah; like…”Moral, my ass!”
    And…Pro-Life, my ass…more like Pro-STRIFE, Pro-GUNS, Pro-WAR; Pro-Fuck the middle class & the poor…and SO far to the ridiculously insane far right, that they make Eisenhower look like an extremely Progressive, and even heroic, Democrat!
    And another thing…(pulling my pants up to my chest area?)…
    KA mentioned Fuckabee…erm, Huckabee…
    has everyone conveniently forgotten certain previous election details like…Huckabee, in 2008, famously preaching the insane idiocy that our Secular American Constitution should be rewritten to conform to the fucking Bible?
    One(?) more item, while I’m in my “Sunday-stay-at-home” ranting mood, that’s REALLY front and center with the Repiglican/Rethuglican assholes:
    It’s ALL about the abortion issue; and has ALWAYS BEEN…especially, ever since “Roe V. Wade. Christianity, in particular (skipping Islam and Romney’s “Morons”, for the moment) has NEVER been about humans having a choice…ANY choice…at least in any truly rational sense. We’re all dragged, with absolutely no pre-existent choice, literally all bloody-wet, kicking and screaming, into this ONE and only life; and, like Jean Paul Sartre pointed out in his mostly ignored play…there’s ”No Exit”…AND…if you don’t suck up & at least pretend to like it…and simultaneously love and worship that demonstrably cruel and vicious ‘Babblical’ god tyrant…there awaits endless torture and insanely unjust punishment in that place he created for one of his first supposed major mistakes…his later gambling buddy…Satan. IOW…”Eternal fucking, “Lake of Fire, Hell”! Nice god, huh? Even the Jews don’t preach that last totally vicious crap; AND, in Judaism…”human personhood” only really occurs AFTER the first breath; IOW…AFTER you’re actually born.
    [And BTW…yes, folks…the Judeo/Xtian god is definitely NOT perfect…he DID make mistakes! It’s somewhat quietly admitted in the Biblical Genesis line about his “regretting” that He made man. And then, to amplify his loving kindness…”He” kills everyone except a fucking drunk and his equally fucked up family. Now…can you even imagine a drunk building a humongous BOAT (Ark)? Hey…I WAS, earlier in my life, a slip & slide drunk; and in NO way could I (or WOULD I) build a fucking “Ark”! I’d be saying something like: “Hey Mr. Ultra-Mean and Vicious Almighty Asshole!…why don’t you use all your supposedly magical power…and build the fucking Ark yourself…you absolute Everyone fucker! And…BTW…”Why, in particular, are you fucking with ME, anyway! I just wanna sit here and drink myself into complete fucking oblivion!” ] 😯
    To finish this diatribe…
    I don’t remember how many times I’ve brought up, and linked the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s excellent abortion article related to the subject of the all-too common fact of “MISCARRIAGES” (“God’s abortions?), AND linked to the Atheist Experience’s YouTube videos on the subject of all the myriad ways that already fertilized human female eggs are routinely flushed from a woman’s vagina. Which (appropriately?) reminds me of 1996, and:
    “The Vagina Monologues”:
    On that note (A=440 vps?), I think I’ll end my rant.
    [Also, BTW…if my dearest Nikki was still here with me; she’d probably be mentioning the latter linked item…?]

  2. jimmer54 says:

    Fortunately for us many people recognize this asshole as he really is. And on top of that many people are really getting IT. The rethugs are self destructing with their anti-science anti-fact talking points. It is good for us as a conversation starting point. Who voted for someone this appallingly stupid? No wonder our country is in such deep shit. Etc.
    On the bright side, more people today are looking for good news and factual news than ever before. Hopefully we are part of that solution.

    A friend of mine said “It is getting so bad I’d vote for Nixon……again”. Half in jest I’m sure.

  3. Brooklyn Boy says:

    Indeed, these yutzes even make Barry Goldwater look liberal! Personally, I think their convention would be a lot more fun if they let it all hang out. For example, they could get Judge Head from Lubbock Texas to be the opening speaker. He’s the one who said that there might be civil war if the president was reelected because he would give our sovereignty over to the UN, whose troops would invade Texas. After the applause dies down, they can drop the net.

  4. Mitch Elder says:

    Goldwater was cast aside by these people. http://wp.me/p2wSw-1N

  5. hogarm says:

    Akin’s mistake was saying out loud what Republicans all think.

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