Kirk Cameron and Missouri GOP Leader Sharon Barnes Both Speak Out in Defense of Todd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" CommentsPosted by Tanya Ghahremani / Aug 21, 2012 5:48 pm
It's sad, but often times, stupidity just prompts more stupidity. This couldn't be more true in the case of Missouri Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin, who has rightfully been under fire since making comments during an interview to the tune of, "...from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Though Akin attempted to apologize for his idiocy, there are still those who support and are involved in GOP coming to his defense - namely TV star-turned-conservative activist Kirk Cameron, and Missouri GOP councilwoman Sharon Barnes. On separate occasions, both Cameron and Barnes defended Akin's statements in different ways.
Cameron, whose is clearly under the impression that people actually care about what he thinks, stated Akin shouldn't be judged by his statement but rather by his career. Barnes, on the other hand, took to actually agreeing with Akin while speaking to a New York Times reporter:
Ms. Barnes echoed Mr. Akin’s statement that very few rapes resulted in pregnancy, adding that "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 was trying to state," she said. “He just phrased it badly.”
Ms. Barnes said that she believed that the controversy would blow over, and that once people in the state became more familiar with Mr. Akin, they would learn "what a great, conservative, godly man Todd Akin is, and they’ll put his comment in its proper context."
Yeah, how about no?
Cameron's interview can be seen above, and you can go here to read the rest of the NY Times article.