Andrea Yates, the Christian woman who claimed that she heard voices that caused her to kill her five children, was found not guilty by reason of insanity. She’ll be confined to a mental institution with periodic reviews to determine when she can be released.

The children’s father said the jury had reached the right conclusion.

“The jury looked past what happened and looked at why it happened,” Rusty Yates told reporters outside the courthouse.

Rusty, you’ll recall, was the guy who basically wanted to keep Andrea barefoot and pregnant because of his deeply religious views. Once she killed the children, he divorced her and remarried.

Just wondering what the Christian Right’s position is on this verdict. Do they agree that juries should look at “why it happened”? And does that hold for poor black kids as well as Christian white women?