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Idaho Taliban claims God’s support for pregnancy due to rape

Earlier this week the Idaho House passed a bill to outlaw abortions after 20 weeks on the basis of a disputed scientific report that claims that a fetus can feel pain at that point. The bill, which does not have an exemption in cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormality, now goes to Governor Butch Otter for his signature. Reasonable people (and unreasonable ones too) argue all the time about whether or not allowing a woman to terminate her pregnancy should be allowed. That is not the issue I’m writing about here.

What is the issue is that the bill’s prime sponsor, Representative Brent Crane (R-Nampa) has crassly suggested that if a woman is raped and becomes pregnant, that it is God’s will for her to have a child.

The Idaho bill’s House sponsor, state Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, told legislators that the “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways,” Crane said. “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.”

It wouldn’t be surprising to me if Representative Crane feels the same about  sick patients in the hospital. Who needs doctors anyway? If it’s God’s will that sick people die, under Crane’s logic, they most definitely will. Sounds like Mr. Crane has been attending services at the Westboro Baptist Church.

Such perversion of religion to fit ones political worldview makes Representative Crane no better than the Taliban or Osama bin Laden.

One Comment

  1. Ruth Walker
    Posted April 10th, 2011 at 11:45 AM | Permalink

    Even if there were a god in the Constitution (which there is not), Brent Crane is wrong about abortion and the bible. See What the Bible says about abortion.