Speaking of silly statements, a Virginia state lawmaker, Bob Marshall (R), has been making some silly statements lately, although they aren't as adorable as my daughter's. He said at a press conference last week that God is taking "vengeance" on parents who have had abortions by making their other children disabled, according to the News Leader in Central Virginia. "The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically," he reportedly said. "Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children." "In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord," he added. "There's a special punishment Christians would suggest."
Bob Marshall posted a statement on his Web site distancing himself from the comments. "No one who knows me or my record would imagine that I believe or intended to communicate such an offensive notion," he wrote. "I have devoted a generation of work to defending disabled and unwanted children, and have always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents. Nevertheless, I regret any misimpression my poorly chosen words may have created as to my deep commitment to fighting for these vulnerable children and their families."
Wow, those words are kinda hard to misinterpret! I can't even fathom how any child can be seen as a punishment either. However, I am glad that somebody finally figured out why the autism rates have suddenly increased so much! Thank goodness we have answers now!
Sarah Palin has been uncharacteristically quiet about Bob Marshall's comments. I wonder if she would be if he were a democrat?
I should leave political rantings to my husband (he's AMAZING at them), but sometimes, you just have to acknowledge them because they do represent a segment of the population that does believe these things. Hopefully, it's a very small segment. I just wished that when politicians made silly statements, they would be as insightful as my daughter's. Is that asking for too much?