Oklahoma Rep. George Faught, who represents Muskogee’s district 14 in the state House, is making waves with statements he made on the floor of the House during discussions on House Bill 1549, which would prohibit abortions in the cases of genetic abnormalities.
Democrat State Rep. Cory Williams asked Faught, who authored the bill, if rape is the will of God.
“If you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple of circumstances where that happened,” Faught replied. “The Lord uses all circumstances. It’s a reality, unfortunately.”
Williams continued. “Is incest the will of God?”
Faught, who noted that rape and incest weren’t part of the bill being discussed, answered anyway.
“Same answer,” he said. “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.”
The statements immediately made the international left-leaning news web site “raw story”. You can read it and watch the video here.
Faught has not yet returned a message for comment. The message was sent after 10:30 p.m., so he likely hasn’t had a chance to see it yet. If and when he does respond, we will post his response in its entirety here.
UPDATE 9:15 a.m.: Mr. Faught responded with the following:
Unfortunately it was one of those gotcha questions.
I do believe in the sovereignty of God. Bad things happen in this world but I have a firm belief that God can use those circumstances to bring about healing.
Any child conceived under those circumstances still deserves the chance for life.
Faught also emailed a prepared statement:
“I believe life is precious and begins at conception. With the growing movement to encourage abortions of those babies who may be diagnosed with a genetic abnormality, I believe it is essential to make the statement that we, in Oklahoma, place a higher value on human life. 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. However, even in the worst circumstances, God can bring beauty from ashes.”