The L.A. Times web site has links just under the masthead to the stories they believe are important. Which do you think has prominent placement this morning:
1) Obama situation room was told radical Islamist group took credit for Benghazi attack within two hours
2) GOP Senate candidate says God intends pregnancy by rape
If you answered #1, then I have taught you nothing. Take your dunce cap and go to the back of the room.
BY THE WAY: What is really so startling about these remarks?
“I know there are some who disagree, and I respect their point of view, but I believe that life begins at conception,” the tea party-backed Mourdock said. “The only exception I have, to have an abortion, is in that case of the life of the mother.
“I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God,” Mourdock said, appearing to choke back tears. “And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Maybe there are people who grew up in a completely non-religious background who are shocked and offended by talk like this, but many of us have heard things like this all our lives, at funerals, hospital bedsides, and the like. Not every religious person believes that God wills every event to happen, and I think the better answer is that God gives people free will, and having free will encompasses the ability to misuse it. But there are certainly those who believe that everything that happens, good and bad, is part of God’s larger plan. And who am I to say they are wrong?
In any event, Mourdock has expanded on his remarks:
After Tuesday’s debate in southern Indiana, Mourdock clarified his position on rape and pregnancy.
“Are you trying to suggest that somehow I think God ordained or pre-ordained rape?” Mourdock said, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. “No, I don’t think that anyone could suggest that. That’s a sick, twisted – no, that’s not even close to what I said.
“It’s a fundamental part of my faith that God gives us life,” he continued. “God determines when life begins. I believe in an almighty God who makes those calls…. There are some things in life that are above my pay grade.”
Of course, that part comes nice and low in the story. The inflammatory stuff comes at the top.
So, Senate candidate in Indiana makes gaffe, or doesn’t, depending on how you see it . . . vs. President almost certainly told attack was terrorism long before sending out flunkies to claim otherwise. Yep, that first story is the one that needs prominent placement.