Does Sharron Angle Really Think Sexual Violence is God’s Plan?

I know that sometimes politicians say things they might not mean or that get taken out of context (though, usually, the whole ‘out of context’ excuse doesn’t hold water).  But I was floored when GOP/Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, who wants Harry Reid’s Nevada Senate seat, suggested not just that unplanned pregnancies are part of God’s greater plan, but also part of the Almighty’s agenda regardless of whether those pregnancies are a result of sexual violence.

As you might guess, I have a few things to say about comments like that that strike me as out of touch with reality. Not surprisingly, there are some who agree with her and they’re not holding back over at me weekly Speaker of the House column.

What do you think?  Even if you don’t believe in abortion in instances of rape or incest, are violent acts against women also a part of  “God’s plan?”

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8 Responses to “Does Sharron Angle Really Think Sexual Violence is God’s Plan?”

  1. Corey Feldman Says:

    Its an interesting question, but you almost have to define your belief before you can answer it. Even though I consider myself pretty skeptical I do believe in God. And I even believe in more than Spinoza’s notion of a God that is abstract an impersonal. That said I certainly don’t see God in the confines of a Judeo-Christian paradigm. I believe in free-will and choice. So in that respect I believe God gives us the choice to act in quite horrible ways. And I also believe in a God that is “intelligent/great” enough to find ways to bring growth and development even from atrocity. But mostly I believe as a human being, in our current sate of evolution, I’m not capable of truly knowing the mind of God. Any attempt on my behave is quite literally the definition (or rather the original definition) of hubris.

  2. PunditMom Says:

    It is another thing, though, for a politician to suggest that he or she knows the mind of God (however one defines that) and to suggest openly that sexual violence against women is on that agenda.

  3. Shantelle Says:

    I think this is par for the course with a lot of Christians.

    I see no difference with this and their blaming cancer or hurricanes on “God’s plan.”

    When you ask them why bad things happen to good people they just spout off how “God never gives us more than we can handle.” Like it’s supposed to be some sort of compliment to a woman’s strength if she can “handle” getting raped.

    If that is who God is, I don’t want to be in his camp and we will have words when we meet.

  4. Janis Says:

    The pro-life stance is really easy: It is a baby don’t kill it. Even if the pregnancy resulted from rape it is still a baby.


  5. Esther Crawford Says:

    My personal opinion: Good can come out of evil acts. That goes for everything, including rape.

    I think you’re right to question anyone who claims to know the plan of God though.

  6. Suebob Says:

    I actually get more comfort from a deist perspective: God set this world in motion and it is up to us to make it the best place it can be. Random things happen and it is up to us to deal with them.

  7. annie Says:

    I don’t think she claimed to know God’s mind but simply said that her faith in God leads her to believe that he has a plan.

    The whole “faith” thing boils down to you have it or you don’t. And here is where the politics thing is actually scary b/c people with faith systems that defy logic tend to also believe that their faith calls them to impose their beliefs on others. I don’t know how a truly religious person could even enter into politics and be religion neutral.

    The Pro-Life people aren’t hiding their agenda on abortion. They don’t believe in exceptions and that Angle cops to it is in keeping with her beliefs.

    Being an accidental conception myself, I like to believe I am part of the “plan”, but if I would have been aborted, and I was meant to be, I would simply be someone else now. Because if there is a God and he has a plan – does anyone really believe that our actions can thwart it? The trouble with Christian Pro-Lifers is, in my opinion, that they don’t have enough faith in God’s plan to allow others to think and act for themselves. Perhaps the world would be a shiny utopia if they stuck to monitoring their own actions and let others do the same because God’s will always finds a way.

  8. Jake Aryeh Marcus Says:

    I watched the clip, stopped what I was doing, and growled: “She did *not* just say god wants women to be raped!” Frankly as horrifying as the idea is (that there is a god that wishes rape on women), I think what really happened was she was asked a question she didn’t have a sensible answer for and said something moronic. I watched that snip along with some other interview footage (on Rachel Maddow perhaps) and Angle seemed hopelessly unprepared to be asked questions. She has an auto-reply for abortion questions that makes reference to “God’s plan” and it just spits out. Angle is just not smart enough to come up with some “acceptable” variant.

    I am a pro-choice atheist so the nuance of this doesn’t interest me much but I do wonder whether Angle doesn’t actually believe rape is god’s plan. Maybe she does, which I believe means she is both cruel and stupid. But I think is it possible she is “just” stupid.

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