The hope of teabaggers everywhere, Sharon Angle thinks rape is God's plan.
In an segment that has gone unnoticed since it first aired, the Tea Party-backed candidate told the Bill Manders show -- a favorable platform for Republican candidates -- that she opposed abortion even in cases of rape and incest. A pregnancy under those circumstances, she said, was "God's plan."
So, if a pregnancy implanted by a rapist is a plan of the sort of god in which she believes, what the hell isn't? And, by that logic, why have any laws at all? God does what he wants, does he not? For that matter, as I've asked many times, many ways, why pray? If a raped woman prays that she not get pregnant (or, heaven forfend, that she not be raped in the first place) why would that be less of an affront to god than having an abortion? If he causes rapes and pregnancies, doesn't he cause abortions? Or is god in cahoots only with rapists? (For a good explanation of God's family planning criteria, read this.)
This woman has an excellent chance of becoming a US Senator. More than Wall Street crimes, more than wars abroad, more than a failed fourth estate, this kind of thinking will be the death of us. Because, more and more, she's everyman: deaf, dumb, and blind. More and more, people are giving up on themselves and on the rest of us, turning it over to a god who, if he's there (and, believe me, I've tried in times past to find evidence), and if he's anything at all like the one in whom Sharon Angle believes, is bumbling at best and cruel and hateful and capricious at worst.
In my view, it's not whether god exists: it's whether people whose view of him mirrors that of Sharon Angle are going to be running our government. The answer, it's becoming more and more clear, is yes. They already control the entire Republican party and their teabagging surrogates. And those people have made it crystal clear they have only anger, not answers. Giving it over to them is giving it over to god. And it's pretty clear that he hasn't been paying much attention. Or is screwing with us: told GWB to invade Iraq, whispered in Delay's ear like Froggy the Gremlin.