“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Todd Akin, 2012.
“Even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.”
Richard Mourdock, 2012.
The anti-science climate in the United States is always difficult to observe. Any rampant celebration of mass stupidity is, in itself, a sad thing. It’s like watching a group of people de-evolve. So much potential, wasted and squandered in a fight against knowledge.
The real challenge of course is trying to work out how Hanlon’s Razor applies in such situations. I’d suggest there’s a corollary to Hanlon’s Razor though – that it’s possible for someone to be wantonly malicious and blindingly stupid, all in one go.
They’re the dangerous ones.
They’re potentially even the evil ones. Rejecting science and forming unsubstantiated views to support their beliefs is a malicious act in itself. Applying that act to others – forcing that belief onto others – that has to crest outside of just being bad and into evil territory.
Todd Akin, for instance, seems to be deliberately confusing women with sparrows. For sparrows, an unwanted male may mate with a female sparrow, and the ‘partner’ of the female will then peck any sperm out of her cloaca. Perhaps Todd Akin wants to believe that any hardy or industrious man can assist a woman with this in the event of a rape? It would make about as much logical sense as the self-induced shutdown of the reproductive system in the event of an unwanted sexual act. A legitimately unwanted sexual act.
Then there’s Mourdock, who claims that if a woman does get pregnant from being raped, it’s God’s will. This is a man who wants to get into power on the basis of worshipping a fundamentally evil and repugnant spiritual being. One which is omniscient and omnipotent and apparently is quite OK with a woman being raped if she gets pregnant because the ends justify the means. The logical conclusion of course from his belief system is that if a man gets a woman pregnant during rape, he was only performing God’s will. In other words, he wasn’t acting under free will (one strike against a conviction) and a higher power than man’s law demanded it be done (another pretty serious strike, if you believe such gibberish).
These people are idiots. Worse, they’re mean, nasty idiots who would inflict a faustian nightmare upon an entire nation for the sake of appeasing and imposing their imbecilic belief systems.
If you can think of a word other than evil to describe it, go right ahead.