Richard Mourdock snatched the prey from the teeth of the wicked...

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I broke the jaws of the wicked And snatched the prey from his teeth. - Job 29:17

Indiana's Republican candidate for senator has caused a national uproar by his simple observation that a baby conceived by rape is made by God. Said Mourdock:

The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.

Isn't that manly? Isn't it faithful?

It's been boring to watch Governor Romney and sad to watch Representative Mike Pence (running for Governor of Indiana) go out of their way to oppose Mourdock's statement of faith. Do these men think the value of an individual life is a function of the quality of mutuality of both parties at the time of intercourse? I'd not want to be one of their children. What are all our nation's adoptees thinking about the value of their own life as they listen to everyone trashing Mourdock's defense of their worth and dignity?

As a grunt said to the media explaining why he and his fellow soldiers didn't shoot babies when they fought in Vietnam, "A baby is nobody's enemy." A simple man with a simple truth.

So I thank God we Hoosiers have been blessed with...

a Senate candidate who is more concerned to honor God's gift of life than to prostitute his faith in service to a lust for office.

Of course, all the bloodthirsty Democrats went ballistic at Mourdock's rebuke of their abortions. One of our local politicians, Vi Simpson, responded to Mourdock's quote: "As a woman and a mother, I was appalled by Richard Mourdock's insensitive and incendiary comments tonight."

What she meant was, "as a Democrat proponent of child slaughter, I'm appalled that one of the most useful red herrings we trot out to justify the murder of 1.3 million babies a year has been called into question on the national stage by a righteous man. How dare he! Does he not know Christian faith has been banned from our national stage--er, from any public place--in these United States? I'm a woman, hear me roar!"

Yesterday, our local newspaper ran a letter from another woman named Julie Stoner. She started out acknowledging that she herself had been conceived by rape. Quoting Mourdock's statement, Ms. Stoner continued: 

I cannot comprehend the outrage from so many people. Are you saying it would have been better for my mother to abort me? Are you saying I didn't deserve to be born?

Ms. Stoner went on to tell how the day had come when she found out she had been conceived through rape, and that when she found it out, she asked her mother why she had not aborted her?

She replied, just as Mr. Mourdock did, "Life is precious. Obviously, God intended me to be the vehicle for your life. I didn't like the circumstances of it, but it wouldn't make that go away by ending your life. Two wrongs don't make a right." Naturally, my mother will always be the person in the world I admire most.

Ms. Stoner concluded her letter with an account of Vi Simpson's public rebuke of Mourdock, responding that she was happy Vi Simpson had not been her mother.

Indeed. God bless Julie Stoner.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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