Larry Flynt makes Richard Mourdock $1M offer over rape comments
Adult entertainment publisher takes out ad
8:11 AM, Nov 1, 2012
Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is getting an unusual offer from adult entertainment publisher Larry Flynt.
Flynt took out a full page ad in Thursday's Indianapolis Star offering Mourdock $1 million for proof to substantiate his comments made during last week's debate that "even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
"Please be kind enough to verify your claim for a wondering nation," Flynt wrote. "I will accept for purposes of this reward any verifiable transcript of your personal conversations with God; letters, email, text messages or videos from God, or messages addressed to you from God transmitted by any third party, including the Republican National Committee or the Romney/Ryan campaign."
Flynt also posted the letter on his website, where he identifies himself a free speech activist. He gave Mourdock a deadline of 8 p.m. Nov. 5.
"I assume that you would not have made this statement unless you had been authorized by God. No one who believes in God would ever use the Almighty’s name in vain. That would be blasphemy," Flynt wrote. "I am eager to receive your proof and pay my $1 million reward to you."
Seeking to clarify his comments, Mourdock said last week that he stood his comment but regretted that his remark had been misconstrued.
Mourdock is facing Democrat Joe Donnelly in a tight race for Sen. Richard Lugar's former seat.