Target: National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn
Goal: Cease supporting senate candidate who made offensive comments about rape
Recently, Indiana Treasurer and Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock explained during a debate why he opposes abortion in all situations, including rape and incest. He explained, “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is a gift from God. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.”
As when Todd Akin uttered his now infamous “legitimate rape” comments, this act demonstrates the mindset of a candidate who holds extremely regressive viewpoints and does not deserve to represent the people of Indiana. His statement is horrendous and insults rape victims. The idea that rape could ever be something “intended to happen” is more than just a radical opinion of fringe right-wing Christianity — it’s a reckless and dangerous statement for a politician to ever make.
This sort of rhetoric from a would-be representative suggests that such a view could somehow be endorsable and defendable to those who otherwise would support Mourdock. In doing so this pushes the nation’s political debate further to the right and attempts to legitimize harmful and offensive views into the mainstream.
To say that rape could be “intended” by a higher power is to justify the act as well as the perpetrator. This sort of opinion has no place in a modern American political debate. Mourdock enjoyed the unequivocal support of the Romney campaign until he made this comment. Romney immediately cut a support ad for Mourdock from airing. But more should be done.
Tell the National Republican Senatorial Committee to pull all support from Mourdock’s campaign until he publicly distances himself from views that justify rape.
Dear Chairman John Cornyn,
In light of recent comments made by Indiana Senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock suggesting that when rape occurs it is “intended by God,” I must ask why your committee continues to support candidates with extreme viewpoints unrepresentative of the American people. Candidate Mourdock’s views on rape are radical and indefensible by any respectable conservative politician. Every day you continue your support for his campaign you de-legitimize your status as a committee that represents a mainstream political party.
Comments that would justify rape are offensive to rape victims and it should be the priority of your committee to distance yourself from this candidate completely. The Republican Party should have no business raising money for a candidate who would suggest that rape is a part of “God’s plan.” Therefore, I ask you to withdraw all support from Richard Mourdock’s campaign until he publicly denounces his previous comment and endorses a viewpoint that does not justify rape.
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