Humorist Andy Borowitz, appearing on Morning Joe yesterday, confessed that his pet political cause this year is Improved Sex Education For Members of Congress, given the fondness Congressman Todd Akin and others hold for the magical secretions theory of birth control.
Akin, however, is not stupid. He grew up in a wealthy family. He graduated an elite St. Louis prep school and took an engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute before getting his M.Div. at Covenant Theological Seminary, The New York Times reported yesterday. Akin's great-grandfather, grandfather and father were all Harvard alumni; like them, he worked for the now-bankrupt family firm, though not rising to the presidency, as they did. The Times' profile understatedly notes, "Mr. Akin chose a different career path, one influenced by his faith...Rick Mathes, of the Mission Gate Prison Ministry, where Mr. Akin serves on the advisory board...added that he and Mr. Akin, who participates in Bible studies and prayer groups, were 'far to the right' of people like Rush Limbaugh.")
Thus Amy Davidson's seven questions for Republicans, who are frantically trying to lock Akin away in their Closet of Anxieties for saying what they all think and want to enact into law. One of them is this:
5. Congressman Akin is an educated man. Do you think this incident shows that there are shortcomings in sex education and scientific literacy in America? Would you support increased sex education? And could organizations like Planned Parenthood have a role to play there?