By Rose Marie Berger
Every time I hear references to Rep. Todd Akin’s crazy talk related to violence against women, I get nauseous. It’s a visceral physical response. And I don’t think I’m alone in this.
One in every six of my sisters and one in 33 of my brothers in the U.S. have been the victims of an attempted or completed aggressive forced violent sexual act.
And gaining insight into the background of Rep. Akin’s muddled pseudo-science, such as is explored in “The Roots of Rep. Todd Akin’s “Legitimate” Rape Remarks” by Tim Townsend and Blythe Bernhard doesn’t help me. It actually makes it worse. It risks reinforcing a set of propaganda under the guise of exposing it.
I have a hard time understanding how Akin, who is the son of a Presbyterian minister, has a Master of Divinity from a prominent Christian seminary and is an active member of a Presyterian Church of America congregation, could debase himself in such a way that he has no qualms about putting his political agenda ahead of the truth and well being of women. As Christians, don’t we hold ourselves to a higher standard?
No doubt he doesn’t see it that way.
No doubt he is profoundly uncomfortable with the moral gray areas that some women must navigate when it comes to rape, pregancy, abortion, STDs, morning-after pills, permenant gynecological damage, psychological trauma, spiritual desperation, loss of control, complete loss of safety, trust, intimacy and all the others dangerous and shifting decisions that a rape victim must make. No doubt he believes that what is best for him is best for all. We may have to agree to disagree. But one thing that’s perfectly clear is: Mr. Akin should end his career as a public servant.
At least 51 percent of the voting public deserve much better than what he has to offer. …
Read the rest of this commentary at Huffington Post.