Oklahoma Politician: Rape and Incest “God’s Will”

Yep, that sounds like Oklahoma.

An Oklahoma state representative, George Faught, recently defended a bill he authored to the state house. This bill of his would make it illegal for women to pursue abortions if it’s discovered the baby has a genetic defect. Another state representative, Cory Williams, argued against this bill because it had no exceptions for women who became pregnant due to rape or incest.

The response took a rather uncomfortable turn for both atheists and religious people alike.

 

“You are proffering a divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that and so I think it is very important,” said Williams. “This body wants to know — and myself personally — whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God.”

“You’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life,” responded Faught. “I disagree with that.”

Oh boy…

What does it say about Oklahoma that “rape and incest provisions” have to be added to abortion bills. Also, what does it say about Oklahoma where they have to propose bills to protect fetuses with genetic defects?

Setting aside the Oklahoma-bashing for a moment (as much fun as it is) I would like to add my own two cents to this story. That’s what this touchy subject needs, the opinions of a college student!

As a Christian, I kind of have to agree with Faught on God being sovereign. What’s the point of being God if you’re not omniscient and omnipresent? Therefore, if he exists, he definitely knows everything that happens in someone’s life.

Now, is that “God’s will?” I’m not so sure. Being an expert on theology* and through extensive research** done for this story, I’m not so sure.

When God created the world, he created it good and perfect. His “will” for mankind, as I understand, is for us to freely choose to worship him. However, for us to freely choose this, there had to be an alternative. Thus, sin and evil were allowed to enter the world.

So, because of free will, people can choose between good or evil. Evil includes, as one might suspect, rape and incest. “God’s will” is not for women to be raped or impregnated against their will, in my opinion. As an all-knowing deity, he’s aware of these things. It’s also my opinion that he’s very unhappy with these things happening. However, they’re an unfortunate side effect of free will. “God’s will” is for people to choose him, to choose good. The sad fact of the matter is that people are sh*t and many of them don’t do that.

So, Rep. Faught, as an expert on the theological question of God’s will*** I’m afraid I have to disagree. Rape an incest are not God’s will. Saying so, in my opinion, only turns people even further away from Christianity. If God is truly good, just, and loving, he would never want such things to exist. God’s will is that people willingly choose him. The problem is that giving people free will is like giving a toddler a gun: Nothing good can come of it.

… You know, while we have Oklahoma in the news, a bill they should really be working on passing is keeping parents from giving guns to toddlers.

http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2017/03/23/oklahoma-lawmaker-defends-anti-abortion-bill-says-rape-and-incest-are-will-of-god/

*I’m not

**I didn’t

***Take a guess

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One thought on “Oklahoma Politician: Rape and Incest “God’s Will”

  1. george mckinney says:

    Religion ruins everything. What an insane subject to even debate. Religion is a make-work program for preachers, priests, and other hangers-on.

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