Opinion/satirepiece by Ahmed Amer (Viewpoint Editor of Technician, student newspaper of North Carolina State University)
The Real Victims of Rape
“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is a 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,” – Richard Mourdock, Republican candidate for senator in Indiana.
Following this statement by candidate Richard Mourdock, outcries poured in from every corner of the news world.
Leave it to the mainstream media to misinterpret Mourdock’s words to make him look like an ignorant jerk.
It takes the mental acrobatics of sick, twisted, baby-killing liberals to take such a harmless quote and use it for political gain. It’s almost as if they’re saying that women who are raped are the victims of rape — but the real victim here is none other than Richard Mourdock.
During a press conference, Mourdock defended himself, saying, “So many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points I was trying to make … I have certainly been humbled that so many people think that was somehow an interpretation.”
A gracious thing to say after being vilified by the media, but I would have been more blunt: “I am humbled by how stupid most of you are. None of you understood what I said at all, so I guess I’m just smarter than almost everyone. Just because I said those words in that way, doesn’t mean I meant them in that way.”
You see, Richard Mourdock didn’t say God intended for the rape to happen. He just said that God intended for the baby to happen … it just happens that the baby happened through rape.
I can only assume that when God decides to send a little bundle of joy to Earth, he spins a game-show-esque “wheel of conception methods” — and rape is just one of the methods on the wheel. It’s unfortunate, but hey, what are you gonna do?
And folks, it wasn’t just the liberals who turned their guns on Mourdock (ironic, considering they want to take them away). Even Mitt Romney’s spokeswoman Andrea Saul distanced the presidential candidate from Mourdock. “[Mitt Romney] disagrees with Richard Mourdock, and Mr. Mourdock’s views do not reflect Gov. Romney’s views.” This came after Mitt Romney endorsed Richard Mourdock in a TV commercial.
“I spoke from my heart, I spoke with my principle, I spoke for my faith … And if others wish to try to turn those words and somehow use them against me — again, that’s what’s wrong with Washington today,”Mourdock said, reminding us who the real victim is.
The oppressive views — according to the left — shared by Mourdock and other Republicans aren’t what’s wrong with Washington. It’s the people who are offended by him and calling him out for his remarks — that’s what’s wrong with Washington.
But despite this leftist vitriol, Mourdock still has faith — good ol’ American faith (the thesaurus I’m using suggests “American” as a synonym for “Christian”). And as all faithful Americans believe, we are all God’s children — even if we were traumatically forced into existence.
And this brings me to my final point…
Richard Mourdock is God’s son. And last time I checked, the Big Man upstairs has a record of sending his son(s) to take one for the team.
Although this was a politically unwanted and traumatic experience for Mourdock, perhaps it was God’s will that it happened. The media have (figuratively) crucified the candidate from Indiana so that he may suffer for voicing a widely-held Republican belief, and now everyone else can be free of gaffes after Mourdock was made into an example.
All of this goes to show that the real victims of rape aren’t the women who are left to deal with the physical scars from assaults or the emotional scars from being told their abortion was immoral. The real victims are the few Republican politicians who want to tell women what to do with their bodies, but just haven’t found an eloquent way to say so.