I’ve been trying to find some kind of signature piece for this blog besides standing on my soapbox and railing at whatever’s pissed me off. Christian Piatt has his “Church Sign Epic Fails” series. Matthew Paul Turner covers pictures and signs with bad theology. Not wanting to copy these guys because you dear reader, deserve at least semi-0riginal content, I chose to highlight famous (or at least very loud) Christians who, in my opinion are being a dick. Yes, I know that’s not a nice word. I have answer for that: Using nice words doesn’t always get us the attention we need to effect change we need. About the title, I started to call it Dick of the week. But, comedian Daniel Tosh has a segment on his show with that name and I promised you guys semi-0riginal content. Besides, the way things are going these days, one dick a week just isn’t going to cut it. Plus, if things settle down (after the election, probably), I’m not locked into a weekly thing. Smart, huh? Okay, you know what’s going on and why, so the intro is over. Here is your first Christian Dick of the moment:
Looks like normal, friendly guy, right? Someone you go to church with, or maybe even your boss, you know the good one who makes actually makes work not so bad. See, this is where pictures are misleading. Because, Akin is the most recent Republican Tea Partier to stick his foot in his mouth and show his ignorance. Just three days ago, in an interview on KTVI-TV in St. Louis, was about his views whether women who’ve been raped should be able to have an abortion. Akin responded:
“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”
So, Akin, who has degrees in Divinity and management engineering but none in any medical field, believes that women’s bodies “shut down” and don’t allow fertilization of the egg even though doctors say this so. Akin’s not the first person to spout this nonsense; multiple Republicans have spewed this idiocy. Probably one of the most colorful comes from my home state. In 1995, Henry Aldridge, Republican state representative from North Carolina (noted with my head hung low) was arguing against a fund that helped women in this exact situation and said: “The facts show that people who are raped — who are truly raped — the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant, Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever.” Nice, huh? I told you it was colorful. Although, Fay Boozman’s of Arkansas comment about “God’s little shield” (which cost him a Senate bid) is a close second.
You may be wondering where they got these crazy ideas and you won’t believe it when I tell you: experiments conducted by Nazi doctors in death camps. Now, to be fair, they didn’t get directly from the Nazi’s, but from a 1972 article by a University of Minnesota Medical School professor titled “The Indications for Induced Abortion: A Physician’s Perspective“. Mecklenburg’s theories have been throughly debunked by more recent research. Says Dr. Barbara Levy of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’, “From a scientific standpoint, what’s legitimate and fair to say is that a woman who is raped has the same chances of getting pregnant as a woman who engaged in consensual intercourse during the same time in her menstrual cycle”. There you have it, women can get pregnant from rape as easily as consensual sex.
What makes Akin the Christian Dick of the moment is not that he believes a discredited medical theory. It’s not that he went on TV and said something stupid. It’s not even that he issued and non-apology apology and refuses to back down.It’s that he wants to cram his narrow, unpopular beliefs down everyone else’s throat thru legislation. Even the Tea Party is calling for him to drop out the race. You know, if those guys think you’re a dick, maybe you ought to reconsider what you’re doing.