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Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism
Rep. Todd Akin has defied GOP pressure to get out of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri.
August 23rd, 2012
01:12 PM ET

Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) – Even as the official Republican Party continues to try to derail Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over his remarks about “legitimate rape,” a powerful force within the GOP has begun rallying to the candidate’s side: the party’s socially conservative base.

Powerful Christian activists in the GOP have begun pushing back against party leadership, alleging it has gone too far in trying to thwart Akin and that it is attempting to sideline issues that social conservatives care about, such as abortion.

The criticism is creating major tensions between the mainstream Republican Party and a key part of its base days before the GOP’s convention is set to open in Tampa, Florida.

“Following the pounding of Todd Akin by the GOP kings and lieutenants in the last 36 hours, I've come to the conclusion that the real issue is the soul of America,” wrote David Lane, an evangelical activist who’s influential in the Republican Party, in an e-mail to fellow activists Thursday morning.

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“The swift knee-jerk reaction to throw Akin, a strong conservative pro-life, pro-family born again Christian under the bus by some in the Republican Party is shining the light on their actual agenda,” Lane continued.

“We haven't seen anything this vicious since some of the same operatives did this to (Sarah) Palin.”

While many conservative Christian groups have criticized Akin over his “legitimate rape” comment and for claiming that women’s bodies can prevent conception in such cases, the groups have also emphasized that they stand with Akin in opposing abortion, even in instances of rape.

Not all conservative Christian activists are taking Akin's side against the GOP.

"I think it splits the social conservative movement," says Richard Land, who heads public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention. "Some people say, 'Look he is our guy, we are going to stand with him.'

"And some people are saying the odds are this is a fatal blow at least in this election cycle," Land says. "For the good of the movement, for the good of the pro-life cause ... he needs to do what's best for the cause and throw himself on his shield."

Land, who was in Tampa on Thursday attending meetings around the convention, said he thinks Akin should drop out.

Many Republican leaders, from presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, also have called on Akin to get out of the race.

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee and the American Crossroads super PAC that backs GOP candidates both announced that they will stop spending money on the Missouri Senate race. Even tea party groups that have backed Akin in the past said he should step aside for the good of the party and the conservative cause.

The Republican National Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the social conservative criticisms of the party on Thursday.

Akin, who won a tough primary battle this month, has apologized for his comments but also defied pressure to get out of the election.

Republican officials have told CNN on condition of not being identified that the Akin controversy hurts on several fronts. It decreases the chances of capturing Missouri’s Senate seat, which is crucial to GOP hopes of winning control of the chamber, they said.

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And the brouhaha shifts the national discussion to divisive social issues that could repel swing voters rather than economic ones that could attract them in a climate of high unemployment and stumbling recovery, the GOP officials said.

Akin has bowed to Republican pressure to skip the Republican convention next week. But the Senate candidate was in Tampa on Wednesday night to meet with a powerful group of religious conservatives, according to a source familiar with the trip.

In a note to supporters Wednesday night, conservative Family Research Council President Tony Perkins heaped criticism on the GOP for abandoning Akin.

"Todd Akin has a long and distinguished record of defending women, children, and families and unlike the GOP establishment, I refuse to throw him under the bus over one inarticulate comment for which he has apologized,” wrote Perkins, who is in Tampa attending events leading up the convention.

“As for the GOP, it has no rational basis for deserting Akin when it has stood by moderate Republicans who've done worse,” Perkins continued. “Singling out Todd suggests a double standard, designed to drive out social conservatives.”

CNN’s Tom Cohen and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Abortion • Politics • Tea Party

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  1. Dave

    in case any missed this well said post from earlier in thread:

    Mass Debater
    The fact is that the conservatives who believe this nonsense, or even the moronic position taken by the personhood amendments, put them squarely in the same camp with other crazies like many PETA supporters who want to criminalize the killing and eating of any animals. Both want to take something that has established laws governing the line between legal and criminal actions and throw away any reason in the name of "how some feel about it". The law says we can kill and eat animals as long as it's done in a safe and humane way, it also says a fertilized egg isn't a human until it reaches 24 weeks. You can have your own opinion and choose not to eat any animals and become a vegan if you want. You can also decide not to abort your fertilized egg if you choose. But as soon as you slap the steak out of someone elses mouth or thrown rocks at a Planned Parenthood, you have crossed the line in America and you are now the criminal regardless of how you "feel" about it.

    If you think eating animals is murder, or if you feel abortion before 24 weeks is murder, thats fine, but leave your feelings at home along with your buckets of cow blood you planned on throwing at people who don't share your "feelings".

    Just keep that in mind as you head off to your next planned parenthood picket line, you and PETA have far more in common than you might think.

    /clap!!

    August 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  2. trex

    ........AKIN........DID NOT HAVE A..... "WORDED MISSTEP"..........Akin simply STATED WHAT THE gop SEES AS THE TRUTH.........................and all normal people know is very very very WRONG...............................

    August 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  3. Observer

    “The judgment whether a people is virtuous or not virtuous can hardly be passed by a human being. That should be left to God.”
    - Adolph Hitler, 04/01/1939

    August 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • truth be told

      neo nazi quotes hitler as truth.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Observer

      truth be told,

      Are you so incredibly ignorant that you'd call me a neo-nazi?

      August 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • truth be told

      Are you so incredibly ignorant that you would quote hitler as truth?

      August 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Observer

      I have quoted EXACTLY what Hitler said. These were his public statements that his supporters believed.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      Wow... "Godwin's Law" ... already ? This discussion thread didn't have to go on for very long.

      Hmmm...

      Peace...

      August 24, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • tallulah13

      TBT always gets upset when Hitler own words reveal that he was a christian. That is why he/she always claims that only Nazis or other villains quote Hitler, despite the fact that quoting the source is one of the best ways to get at the historic truth.

      I think TBT only wants his/her own "truth" to be told. Honest fact need not apply.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • truth be told

      hitler was both a liar and an atheist, truth be told liar is a synonym for atheist.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
    • truth be told

      @observer : So you ARE quoting hitler as truth, YOU believe hitler and are therefore by definition a nazi or a neo nazi.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • Observer

      truth be told,

      Quit while you are behind and losing ground.

      FACT: regardless of his true feelings, it was Hitler's PUBLIC statements that got him the support of the PEOPLE and enabled him to do all the horrendous things he did.

      It was the people who LIKED his public statements and so supported him.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Observer

      truth be told

      @observer : So you ARE quoting hitler as truth, YOU believe hitler and are therefore by definition a nazi or a neo nazi.

      The Bible says not to lie and you are a LIAR. Hypocrite.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • truth be told

      YOU quote hitler as truth, the Bible has nothing to do with it. YOU are the one believing hitler. Practice your sieg heil BS somewhere else.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • tallulah13

      TBT is not interested in historic veracity. All TBT is interested in is lying and calling names. I'm not sure if he or she is a troll or just an idiot.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • truth be told

      historic veracity proves my point. Not my fault you all don't know Truth or history.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Observer

      truth be told,

      It was all the people who believed Hitler's CHRISTIAN comments who helped him get into office and SUPPORTED him.

      Don't make an even bigger fool of yourself by slanderously calling someone a neo-nazi. You are hurting HONEST Christians with your IGNORANCE. You should also read the Rules of Conduct for the CNN blog. You are violating them by slandering someone. Grow up.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • truth be told

      The belief in the truth of hitlers comments show what you are. End of story.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • Observer

      truth be told

      The belief in hitlers public CHRISTIAN comments shows where he got his support. End of story.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @therealpeace2all

      we are Godwin's Law made incarnate here. Every day. Regretably.

      @'truth be told' is a big fan of totalitarianism. He is so impressed by totalitarism that he exaggerates its horrors by 10X.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Primewonk

      Truth be told wrote, " hitler was both a liar and an atheist"

      Well, you're half right. No neonate is born a liar. Every neonate, including you, was born an atheist.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Mass Debater

      "The belief in the truth of hitlers comments show what you are. End of story."

      Am I missing something here? Where and when did Observer claim "truth" about Hitlers comments? The only knowingly dishonest person I can see in this thread is the one claiming "truth be told".

      Here is truth be told's position: Throughout history there have been people claiming to be Christian, and the definition of Christian to him is always someone good and righteous. However many of those people claiming to be Christian have been found out to have done horrible things, therefore those persons could not have been Christian. So in short, if you claim to be Christian and do things TBT disagrees with, you arent a Christian and if you claim to be an atheist and do good works, then likely you really are a Christian who just doesn't know it yet.

      It's the Christian win win.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  4. gottaloveit

    these replies make me realize that most people are truly misguided.

    verily.

    August 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  5. Henry

    Akin my be misguided but at least he's a Christian. Not a Morman or an Ayn Rand atheist.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, he's just stupid. Anyone who thinks that ra pe can't cause pregnancy is a moron who has no business in government.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      At least he's not a Chick-Fil-A manager.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • birch please

      Hitler was also a christian.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Simon Cohen

      "...at least he's a Christian..." What is the handicap for being a Christian?

      August 24, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • truth be told

      @birch : hitler was an atheist

      August 24, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Steve

      No Hitler was not an atheist. Read Mein Kampf, look at all the evidence in history; Hitler was deeply spiritual and had an extremely strong belief in the occult.

      Everything about the Reich was centered around occult worship and symbolism.

      August 24, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • Observer

      “I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lords work.”
      - Adolph Hitler, 1936, Reichstag, Berlin

      August 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Whatever Akin is it's not enough. First of all he needs to be able to think his way out of a wet paper bag. I suspect he might have WIlliams Syndrome. He can speak, even with some eloquence, but there's no brain behind it.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      "I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so."
      – Adolf Hitler, to General Gerhard Engel, 1941

      "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord and Savior as a fighter. It points me to the man who once in loneliness, surrounded by a few followers, recognized these Jews for what they were and summoned men to fight against them and who, God's truth! was greatest not as a sufferer but as a fighter. In boundless love as a Christian and as a man I read through the passage which tells us how the Lord at last rose in His might and seized the scourge to drive out of the Temple the brood of vipers and adders. ...Today, after two thousand years, with deepest emotion I recognize more profoundly than ever before the fact that it was for this that He had to shed his blood upon the Cross."
      – Adolf Hitler, speech on April 12, 1922

      "We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out".
      The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, Oxford University Press, 1942

      August 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • truth be told

      Anyone quoting hitler as truth is automatically suspect.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • doc vestipuke

      I believe hitler who do you believe?

      August 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Huebert

      @TBT

      Just so you realize what you just said "I've made up my mind Hitler was an atheist and not even Hitler's own words could convince me other wise."

      August 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      So it doesn't matter how many references are cited to the contrary, you've decided that Hitler was an atheist.
      I've given you docu/mented evidence – we're waiting for you to back up your assertion (without reverting to the No True Scotsman fallacy)

      August 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • truth be told

      Fact : hitler was a liar, the truth of his beliefs are with those who knew him and how he lived. hitler was as dedicated to killing Christians as he was to killing others. hitler was an atheist, the ultimate atheist he was his own god and the god of the nazi party.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • common sense needed

      The neo nazis are out in force claiming belief in the words of uncle adolf !

      August 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Huebert

      @TBT

      Hitler personally claimed that Catholicism was his religion on multiple occasions, which are doc.umented in multiple sources. All you have is your speculation, and no evidence of any kind. So I am going to take the words of the man himself over those of an internet p!ss-ant with an ax to grind.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
    • Observer

      “May God Almighty give our work His blessing, strengthen our purpose, and endow us with wisdom and the trust of our people, for we are fighting not for ourselves but for Germany.”
      - Adolph Hitler, 02/01/1933

      August 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • truth be told

      neo nazi quotes hitler as the truth.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Despite his/her screen name, "truth be told" is not interested in the truth. That is why he/she always tries to discount the historical fact that Hitler, in his own words, claimed to be a christian.

      You kind of have to wonder why TBT doubts the docu.mented words of Hitler, while clinging a religious dogma that was created mostly by Saul of Tarsus, whose only authority is the claim that he had a "vision."

      August 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      The 1939 German census shows that the country was overwhelmingly Christian.
      At the height of it's power, the Nazi party had over 8 million registered members from a total population of around 40 million. This means that the vast majority of self-identified Nazis were Christian.
      Why do you think Nazi uniform belt buckles said "Gott Mit Uns" – God is With Us.
      Hitler had certain Christian sects murdered, like Jehovah's Witnesses. But he also had atheists killed.
      And just to be semantically clear, someone who thinks themselves a god would be an Autotheist, not an atheist.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • doc vestipuke

      go screw yourself doc.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      I tried, but I kept falling off the couch.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  6. Al

    Sigh.

    As a conservative, I wish we could focus on core issues of free enterprise, small government and personal freedom. If only the hardline, single-issue social conservative voters would learn that these stunts only make all of us look like uneducated, backwoods people.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Jed Clampett

      "these stunts only make all of us look like uneducated, backwoods people." How's the squirrel hunting this year? Are they nice and fat? Mmm-mm, that's some good eatin.'

      August 24, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • odie II

      You do all conservatives wrong when you make these comments. The kind of vicious attacks on Akin by everyone–inclluding the media merely underscores just how mean spirited and biased our politics have gotten. I for one accept Akin's apology and do not consider his comments backwards. His point was that we should punish the perpetrator–not the child nor the victim. How is that backward? Furthermore, if you want to see a conservative form of government, you are going to have to accept the fact that some people have different priorities than you do. And, you will have to accept that you will have to accomodate liberals because they too have rights and opinions that need to be respected.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  7. Daniel

    I think Aldous Huxley put it most concisely when he described the hypocrisy of Christians when they were trying to dictate their ideology as the supreme enlightenment when he stated "The idolatrous transformation of the relative into the Absolute and the all too human into the Divine, makes it possible for them to indulge their ugliest passions with a clear conscience and in the certainty that they are working for the Highest Good".

    August 24, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  8. Q

    I really want Dr. Akin directing my health care...........No thanks

    August 24, 2012 at 9:15 am |
  9. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    What a profoundly ignorant man! Men like Todd Akin and Rick Perry and certainly many others get by on just a firm handshake and a twinkle in their eye. Leadership qualities that are separable from what we actually need from a leader. They are parasites and it's scary how far they can go.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:58 am |
  10. Hahahahahahaha

    You CAN NOT be a Christian and vote republican (notice I didn't say conservative because since WHEN has a republican EVER been a conservative!) or you are a hypocrite. The Bible says so. Hahahahahahahahha

    August 24, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Donna

      I don't know how anyone who says they are a Christian can be a Democrat. Don't you believe in bible princples of right and wrong. I worked for a couple that owned a trade school and he was a deacon in his FBC and she was something there too. I could not believe what they didn't believe about what God's word says. She and he drank, he told jokes that took the Lord's name in vain. They believed killing of unborn babies was ok. I never once went to work telling people that I was a Christian, but people knew. I would have people come to me...noy christians....and say, you are a Christian, but you don't act and think like them. I never wanted to cause a conflict in the office, so I would just tell people there are 41 different kinds of Baptists. But to high light your statement, I honestly don't know how anyone could be a Christian and be a democrat. How in the world could or would you vote for the man in the WH now. He is against everything God stands for. NOW, if there were a good moral democrat, I would vote for him, but haven't found one yet!

      August 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  11. Hugh Jass

    Bless their little pointed heads.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:06 am |
  12. Eric

    They should learn how to pick theri battles. This one is already lost.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:20 am |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    August 24, 2012 at 6:47 am |
    • Q

      Look what it's done for Akin.....

      August 24, 2012 at 9:17 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      See prayer change lives at prolapsed.net.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Dr Freud

      Do you have a prolapsed anos?

      August 24, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • Prayer

      Get real. I can barely turn food into poop.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!~

      August 24, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  14. Mike

    Conservative Christians equates to Christian Taliban.

    August 24, 2012 at 3:21 am |
    • Timzer

      Stating the obvious isn't likely to disillusion anyone who supports them. They don't care about getting caught because they think they will never be held accountable for their crimes.

      August 24, 2012 at 3:31 am |
    • saggyroy

      Yes. They always have Jeebus on their side.

      August 24, 2012 at 6:36 am |
  15. Sensiblyentered

    Oh, I beg you, do not regard these people as Christians. They are conservatives who call themselves Christians -but "Conservative Christian" is an oxymoron, sadly.

    Your post breaks my heart, for it illustrates the damage that fundamentalist "Christians" have done in the name of God, it underscores the damage which slander does to the name of Christ in the mind of the public.

    These people do not follow the teachings of Jesus – I hate to say it, but it's just fact. They take the name "Christian" and go to churches, but they totally ignore Christ's greatest commandment: that we love one another.

    They call themselves Christians, and they have the biggest megaphone, so people who don't know the difference take them at their bellowed word. But there are many, many genuine and loving followers of Jesus who you will seldom see on political blogs, and never see on TV or radio asking you to send them money. They are usually too busy in hospitals and food pantries and tutoring programs and convalescent hospitals and wherever there is need and hurt.

    I am so sorry that what you see in the public forum is what you think Christianity is.

    Calling yourself a Christian whilst pursuing cruel, hateful policies does not make someone a Christian. Any more than I can be a car by standing in my garage and calling myself a Buick

    August 24, 2012 at 2:15 am |
    • Observer

      Good posting.

      August 24, 2012 at 2:18 am |
    • saggyroy

      "They are usually too busy in hospitals and food pantries and tutoring programs and convalescent hospitals and wherever there is need and hurt"....don't forget dragging gays behind trucks, sending kids off to war, generally discriminating against others, bombing buildings, bilking people out of life savings. Do you want to hear more?

      August 24, 2012 at 6:33 am |
    • saggyroy

      Calling yourself a christian is like calling yourself a Buick. Mainly because: 1: Religion is made up. 2. If I call myself a Buick who are you to argue? 3. These people ARE christians because they say they are.

      August 24, 2012 at 6:40 am |
    • Jay

      "....Christ's greatest commandment: that we love one another."

      Actually Christ's greatest commandment is found at Mark 12:29,30. You should look it up.

      Then learn what it means at 1 John 5:3.

      You'll find many people 99% of "christians" blatantly ignore the GREATEST commandment.

      August 24, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • True Christian

      Anyone who says he is a Christian is a Christian, remember? You don't get to decide who believes in the Lord. When you see a redneck proudly holding up a sign that says GOD HATES OBMAMA, that man is you. Embrace him and take up his sign as yours, or you are no true Christian.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  16. Sensiblyentered

    Oh, I beg you, do not regard these people as Christians. They are conservatives who call themselves Christians -but "Conservative Christian" is an oxymoron, sadly.

    Your post breaks my heart, for it illustrates the damage that fundamentalist "Christians" have done in the name of God, it underscores the damage which slander does to the name of Christ in the mind of the public.

    These people do not follow the teachings of Jesus I hate to say it, but it's just fact. They take the name "Christian" and go to churches, but they totally ignore Christ's greatest commandment: that we love one another. They call themselves Christians, and they have the biggest megaphone, so people who don;t know the difference take them at theri bellowed word/ But there are many, many genuine and loving followers of Jesus who you will seldom see on political blogs, and never see on TV or radio asking you to send them money. They are usually too busy in hospitals and food pantries and tutoring programs and convalescent hospitals and wherever there is need and hurt.

    I am so sorry that what you see in the public forum is what you think Christianity is.

    Calling yourself a Christian whilst pursuing cruel, hateful policies does not make someone a Christian. Any more than I can be a car by standing in my garage and calling myself a Buick.

    August 24, 2012 at 2:13 am |
    • Jay

      "....Christ's greatest commandment: that we love one another."

      Actually Christ's greatest commandment is found at Mark 12:29,30. You should look it up.

      Then learn what it means at 1 John 5:3.

      You'll find many people 99% of "christians" blatantly ignore the GREATEST commandment.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  17. Ferathka

    Imagine that the Neo-Nazis....errr KKK....errr Christians are rallying around a wingnut.

    August 24, 2012 at 1:13 am |
  18. Howard

    Even with Akin's verbal misstep, the good people of Missouri still know that McCaskill 'the dragon lady', is by far the worst choice.

    August 24, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'll bet she wins.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Christian Science Monitor shows him trailing her by ten points.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:48 am |
    • Observer

      "Akin's verbal misstep"

      That's a riot. Actual description: Akin's incredible ignorance.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:54 am |
    • Cq

      Observer
      More like he took a flying leap into an intelligence void.

      August 24, 2012 at 12:58 am |
    • Observer

      Cq,

      We might have expected more from someone on the U. S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, but he is a Republican, just like the Texas judge.

      August 24, 2012 at 1:04 am |
    • karl

      "verbal misstep?" no, that's not what happened. akin just verbalized legislation he and ryan already tried to push through the house. that guy TRULY believes what he said. and he was taken aback when the rest of the country either ridiculed or rejected what he said. for YOU McCaskill is the "worst choice" because she seems to use logic and reasoning to form an opinion. and as the public is becoming more aware, the gop has become the party of anti-intellect.

      August 24, 2012 at 4:45 am |
    • Doc1

      Please elaborate with something other than name calling.

      August 24, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      "McCaskill 'the dragon lady'" It would be cool to have an elected official who rode a dragon to work. Much cooler than one who thinks women have teeth 'down there.'

      August 24, 2012 at 10:28 am |
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    Added information before making your next move:

    from the CDC-2006

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    And from:

    Consumer Reports, January, 2012

    "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

    Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

    "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

    Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

    The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

    – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
    – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

    Followed by:

    One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
    Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
    The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
    Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
    IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

    Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

    August 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
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    August 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
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