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03/23/2017 12:31 am ET

Oklahoma Republican Says God Can Use Rape And Incest To 'Bring Beauty From Ashes'

"The Lord uses all circumstances."

A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma defending an anti-abortion bill claimed that rape and incest could be part of God’s will. 

The bill by state Rep. George Faught would ban abortion due to genetic abnormalities or Down syndrome, with no exceptions for cases of rape and incest. 

Democrats challenged him on that in a debate on the floor of the state’s House of Representatives. 

Is rape the will of God?” asked Rep. Cory Williams. 

“If you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened and the Lord uses all circumstances,” Faught replied. “I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality, unfortunately.”

“Is incest the will of God?” Williams asked.

“Same answer,” Faught replied. “Doesn’t deal with this bill.”  

Williams fired back that his questions did deal with the bill.

“You won’t make any exceptions for rape, you won’t make any exceptions for incest in this and you are proffering divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that,” he said. “I think it is very important. This body wants to know, myself personally, whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God.”

Faught said: 

“It’s a great question to ask, and, obviously if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened. But, so 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, and I disagree with that.”

Under the bill, doctors could have their licenses suspended or revoked, face fines of up to $100,000 and get sued by women who have abortions.

KFOR, a local NBC station, said the bill passed the House and now goes to the state’s Senate.  

Faught also sent the station a written statement. 

“Life, no matter how it is conceived, is valuable and something to be protected. Let me be clear, God never approves of rape or incest,” the station quoted him as saying. “However, even in the worst circumstances, God can bring beauty from ashes.”

 

(h/t Raw Story)

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