Veronica Roberts

With a God like the GOP’s, who needs the Devil? For the way The Almighty is being described by some, that evil Lucifer may not be in business much longer. Unfortunately, the Republican rhetoric on rape is becoming increasingly alarming. Remember that childhood phrase "stick and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me?" That's a lie, for words have the power to hurt, especially when they're written into law.

Rape seems to be on several Republicans’ minds lately and they are certainly not shy about letting us know exactly how they feel. Then frantically attempt to back-peddle when they realize the public does not think like they do.

Then the apologies burst forth, but we know they meant what they originally said. Even more disturbing, we also know that they’re not isolated incidents by a few crazies.

It is the politics of some esteemed players within the Grand Ole Party. So when the Senate candidate from Indiana,  Richard Mourdock, said during Tuesday's debate that it is God’s design that a woman raped  have her rapist’s baby if she gets pregnant  (Read it here:  Mourdock: ‘God Intended’ Pregnancy),  or  former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee tells us that rape has produced “some extraordinary people,” or when  the term  “forcible rape”  is prominently featured in House legislation pushed by the Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan himself, or that a woman’s body can repel sperm during “legitimate rape” as Senate hopeful from Missouri Todd Akin proudly told a television host—then we see a pattern here. (Read more here:

Incidentally, Mourdock was recently endorsed by none other than the Republican presidential nominee himself, Mitt Romney, and there is the ad to prove it. More importantly, Romney has said that he would work to overturn a woman’s right to choose, so we see just how dangerous this could turn for women very quickly if these people are allowed anywhere near Washington.

If the man who wants to lead this country promises to take us back to that dark period in history and several in his party think pregnancies through rape are a blessing by God for girls and women, what will be the difference between America, leader of the free world, and the Taliban extremists this country is currently waging war against?

This God that many in the GOP are pushing on the rest of America is breathtakingly scary. This is a God who thinks women should be forced to have babies by their rapists, who thinks all gay and lesbians are evil sinners, doomed for an eternity of fire and brimstone; who thinks young victims of incest should have their babies if they are impregnated by their abusers; that protecting oneself from unwanted pregnancies through birth control  or enjoying sex if you’re single are immoral. I guess sex should be reserved for only married women and even then, only for procreation—because, let’s face it—if you’re not allowed to use birth control or have an abortion, what is a girl to do?

 Even more terrifying, these folks who subscribe to this extreme religious ideology have the power to legislate how we live. Separation of church and state seems non-existent and America is heading in a deeply regressive direction if some Republicans have their way.

My position is they can believe whatever they want to believe. Believe that their God is vengeful, spiteful, cruel, and judgmental. Believe that the earth is flat and was created in a week. Believe that woman came from the rib of a man and that civilization started by two white people in a garden somewhere.  But what I will not accept is legislators frenetically working to control my reproductive life and that of other women and girls. That is not an option-- so women  and all the reasonable men out there, whose God doesn't resemble anything remotely close to the one described above, please remember this when the election rolls around in November.

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