A week ago, six-term Republican Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri sparked a firestorm with comments he made about rape and abortion on a St. Louis television station. Since Akin opened his mouth, pundits are speculating on what his comments mean for his race against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, and fellow Republicans (including VP nominee Paul Ryan) have called for him to drop out of the race. Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches senior editor, has written insightfully about both the controversy and the origins of Akin’s beliefs – which aren’t that out of step with the GOP’s 2012 platform. Click here for extended interview and transcript.

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