Long before the firestorm over Representative Todd Akin’s comments about rape and pregnancy turned many against him, the Congressman from Missouri had a loyal following in the Christian groups whose beliefs he defended.
Akin’s efforts to push their legislation haven’t been met with much success. Of the 52 measures Akin has introduced only three have been signed by the President. Nevertheless, his efforts to increase the role of religion in government have marked him as a legislative hero to Christian groups.
Representative Akin apologized for his remarks in a television ad that aired Tuesday, and many of his supporters are accepting that apology with the intent to endorse him going forward.
Don Hinkle is a supporter of Akin and the editor of the newspaper serving the Missouri Baptist Convention.