A Republican state legislator in Virginia, Bob Marshall, is a serious wingnut. The kind of wingnut that embarrasses other wingnuts. His latest bit of stupid is to declare that God punishes women who’ve had abortions by making sure their subsequent children are handicapped.
“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.
“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”
I wonder what Sarah Palin thinks about that. The Bible seems to have a bit of trouble on this question of punishing the child for the sins of the parents, sometimes being against it:
“Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. 20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. — Ezekiel 18:19“Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin. — Deuteronomy 24:16
And sometimes being all for it:
‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’ — Numbers 14:18
Keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” — Exodus 34:7
Sane people, of course, find the idea absolutely vile. Which is why Marshall likes it so much.