• When facts don’t meet your worldview, just stop talking – ctd.

    I think Karen Hughes said it best:

    And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue.

    Evidently, a judge in California didn’t take her advice:

    At the sentencing hearing for a man convicted of rape in 2008, Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson said that he considered the rape “technical,” according to City News Service. He said:

    “I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something—if someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case. That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn’t necessarily willing, she didn’t put up a fight. And to treat this case like the rape cases that we all hear about is an insult to victims of rape. I think it’s an insult. I think it trivializes a rape.”

    The judge gave the speech as a way to explain why he wanted to sentence the rapist to 6 years in prison, instead of the 16 that the prosecutor requested.

    Really? The body shuts down? Didn’t we learn that lesson already?

    One more time. Stick to science. When facts don’t meet your worldview, just stop talking.




    • Umm, this is a comment from four years ago. So I’m not sure what your point is.

      Though I’d be curious if the judge has learned anything since then…

    • This kind of stuff is widely believed among the religious right. It wont go away quickly. They have their own group of “scientists” whom they believe.


    • Apparently he has a twitter account: @JudgeDGJohnson

    • During his Presidential campaign, Senator Robert Kennedy gave a short speech several times about the level of violence throughout our land. His version for it was: “the mindless menace of violence.” On April 5, 1968, he gave the speech about violence for the last time. The reverend Martin Luther King had died the day before. Senator Kennedy, himself, died two months later. Now, this week, it has erupted with another mass casulty.

      The attitude of the Judge reflects a national mind-set that indirecly supports the “mindless menace of violence” neighborhood by neighborhood and community by community. With the world-wide presence of escalating violence, how will our nation protect itself from this influence? And, how can the safety net for all citizens prevent more of these disasters? I am aware that the United States Public Health Service has analyzed mass murders in this country over many years. After analyzing the data, the per citizen rate of these deaths annually has apparently not changed. So, the real question is: how should our nation manage the “mindless menace of violence?” The residents of Connecticutt deserve an answer. Please, oh please, do not ask the judge!