The Winner of the 2012 Bad Faith Award Is…

As mentioned by Hemant back in November, New Humanist runs a poll every year known as the “Bad Faith Awards.” Readers vote for the person (or group) who has done the best to show the very worst of his/her faith over the past year.

Well, the votes are finally in and the 2012 New Humanist Bad Faith Award goes to (drumroll please!)… Todd Akin!

Bad Faith Awards Results (via New Humanist)

Prince Charles and The Catholic Authorities of Mumbai (who went after Indian skeptic Sanal Edamaruku for exposing one of their lies) were both running close to Akin for a while but he ultimately pulled away from the pack to claim a well-deserved victory.

I’m sure you’re all familiar with Akin and his unconventional views of medical science and the female body, but it was the following statement uttered during an interview that clinched this year’s prize:

From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.

Akin later apologized, but the damage had already been done. Those comments ultimately cost him the race for the Senate seat in Missouri. It also perpetuated the notion of a so-called Republican “War on Women.” Who knows how many people were driven to vote for Barack Obama in the Presidential election because of the aftermath of this comment.

Akin is now in illustrious company as he joins such Bad Faith luminaries as Nadine Dorries, Pope Benedict XVI and Sarah Palin.

Nominations for 2013 are now open and will be for the next year. If you have any nominations over the course of it, all you have to do is make a case for that person via email to

About Mark Turner

Mark Turner was born and raised as a Catholic in the North East of England, UK. He attended two Catholic schools between the ages of five and sixteen. A product of a moderate Catholic upbringing and an early passion for science first resulted in religious apathy and by mid-teens outright disbelief.


  • msironen

    Btw now that Akin is deservedly leaving the Senate, he’s pushing a “conscience” bill on the military which would basically shield bigots from reprimand for harrassing gays as long as they cite their religious views as an excuse. So yeah, well deserved win; I don’t think any of the others made such a push on the finishing line.

  • Isilzha

    Then there is the judge in CA (?) who said that a woman’s body can stop rape! So, any woman who’s raped actually WANTED it. Why are these men in places of power and sitting on the bench during rape trials?

  • Greisha

    Did he say how?

  • HughInAz

    When God raped Mary, why didn’t her body shut it down? It would have saved the world a lot of trouble.

  • Isilzha

    It was something similar to the body can “shut the whole thing down”, but he didn’t give any hint as to what physical mechanism it could be. He also didn’t say whether or not this magical property was just for women or if men’s anuses had it.

  • Greisha

    Somebody can make good money with this technique in self defend classes.

  • Isilzha

    A Southern California judge is being publicly admonished for saying a
    rape victim “didn’t put up a fight” during her assault and that if
    someone doesn’t want sexual intercourse, the body “will not permit that
    to happen.”

    The California Commission on Judicial Performance voted 10-0 to
    impose a public admonishment Thursday, saying Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson’s comments were inappropriate and a breach of judicial ethics.

    “In the commission’s view, the judge’s remarks reflected
    outdated, biased and insensitive views about sexual assault victims who do not `put up a fight.’ Such comments cannot help but diminish public confidence and trust in the impartiality of the judiciary,” wrote
    Lawrence J. Simi, the commission’s chairman.

    Johnson made the comments in the case of a man who threatened to
    mutilate the face and genitals of his ex-girlfriend with a heated
    screwdriver, beat her with a metal baton and made other violent threats
    before committing rape, forced oral copulation, and other crimes.

  • Greisha

    Orange county – not surprised.

    It is why so important to pay attention who we are electing to judges.

  • Bronxboy47

    What are you saying? The “rape baby” was a gift from God, don’t you see? At least he stopped at one, unlike “Zeus who couldn’t keep it in his pants.

  • Parlyne

    In terms of bad faith, I tend to think that Akin actually wasn’t as bad as (Indiana Republican senatorial candidate) Richard Mourdock. I mean, Akin’s statement was horribly ignorant and demeaning towards rape victims; but, it wasn’t overtly religious. Mourdock, on the other hand, went straight down the god route, saying “I struggled with it myself for a long time; but, I came to realize life is that gift from God. And, I think, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”