take rape seriouslyAs if Rep. Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment wasn't horrifying enough: Today, Missouri GOP Committeewoman Sharon Barnes added insult to injury by not only agreeing with Akin's unfounded belief that "very few" rapes result in pregnancy, but by further elaborating: "At that point, if God has chosen to bless this person with a life, you don't kill it. That's more what I believe he [Rep. Akin] was trying to state. He just phrased it badly."

Oh, is that all he was trying to state? That rape is a blessing? Oh, well. Pffft. What a silly misunderstanding. Now if you'll please excuse me, I need to go bang my head against the wall repeatedly. Akin's mind-boggling ignorance is scary, but Barnes' recklessness is almost scarier. Did she stop to consider what sort of message she might be sending? To equate a sick and violent crime with an act of god?

The stigma surrounding rape is already outrageous -- incomprehensibly so. It's 2012, and our society is still making excuses?! And I thought it couldn't get any worse than that whole GOP "re-defining rape" fiasco from last year. (Brilliantly blasted by Kristin Schaal on The Daily Show: "You'd be surprised how many drugged, underaged, and/or mentally handicapped women have been gaming the system!")

But I'm afraid it is getting worse. Way to justify the actions of sex offenders everywhere, Ms. Barnes! Will they be allowed to use the "mission from god" defense in court, I wonder?

I would say that Barnes should make a public apology, but if Akin's pathetic mea culpa is any indication, I think the GOP might be re-defining "apology" too.

What do you think Sharon Barnes was trying to say?


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