7 big political apologies (including Todd Akin)
Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, ran a political ad titled "forgiveness."
August 22nd, 2012
03:10 PM ET

7 big political apologies (including Todd Akin)

By Allison Brennan, CNN

(CNN) - Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin apologized this week for asserting that women could prevent conception in cases of “legitimate rape,” including in a TV ad titled “forgiveness.”

There’s a long tradition of politicians giving public apologies, though those acts of contrition usually come after revelations about sexual improprieties.

Here’s a list of seven high-profile political apologies, which often draw on a religious lexicon. Which other apologies should we add?


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Filed under: Politics

August 22nd, 2012
12:25 PM ET

Anti-abortion movement stands by 'no exceptions' orthodoxy amid controversy

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Both Todd Akin’s claim that women’s bodies can prevent conception in cases of “legitimate rape” and the GOP’s newly-adopted platform language calling for a constitutional ban on abortion have provoked controversy for largely the same reason: They showcase the belief that all abortions should be illegal, without exception.

But even as Democrats and abortion rights groups use the controversies to reinforce allegations of a Republican-led “war on women,” don’t expect the anti-abortion movement to back away from calls for all abortions to be illegal - even for women impregnated by rape or incest.

“Philosophically, the consensus is very clearly that life is life and that it should be not be taken and that abortion is not a compassionate response to something terrible, even like rape,” said Marvin Olasky, the editor in chief of World magazine, an influential evangelical publication.


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Filed under: 2012 Election • Abortion • Politics

August 22nd, 2012
06:07 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, August 22

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: A look into Romney's religion
For many voters, getting to know Mitt Romney as a candidate also means sorting out facts from fiction about Mormonism. CNN's Gary Tuchman reports.

CNN: Ryan faces split among fellow Catholics
Lisa Sylvester reports on the split support for Paul Ryan among his fellow Catholics, including some activist nuns.


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