Limbaugh’s Unrighteous Hold on Christian Right

By Robert ParhamExecutive Director, Baptist Center for Ethics Rush Limbaugh told what he thought was a joke to a cheering … Continued

By Robert Parham
Executive Director, Baptist Center for Ethics

Rush Limbaugh told what he thought was a joke to a cheering crowd at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists and politicians. In his rambling remarks televised on FOX News, Limbaugh said that when Larry King died, he went to heaven and was met at the gates by Saint Peter. King’s one question was: “Is Rush Limbaugh here?”

“‘No, he’s got a lot of time yet, Mr. King,’” said Limbaugh, pretending to be Peter.

“So Saint Peter begins the tour,” said Limbaugh. “Larry King sees the various places and it’s beyond anything we can imagine in terms of beauty. Finally, he gets to the biggest room of all, with this giant throne. And over the throne is a flashing beautiful angelic neon sign that says, ‘Rush Limbaugh.’”

The audience laughed.

Limbaugh said, “And Larry King looks at Saint Peter and says, ‘I thought you said he wasn’t here.’ He said, ‘He’s not, he’s not. This is God’s room. He just thinks he’s Rush Limbaugh,’” said Limbaugh.

The crowd erupted with laughter, applause and hoots. Conservatives thought it was hilarious that God would envy the rival deity named Rush Limbaugh. Not a boo, not a hiss, not a grumble was heard from the crowd.

While CPAC was a secular event, it was an event sponsored, supported and attended by Christian Right organizations and leaders. The CPAC program listed as co-sponsors: Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council and Liberty University’s law school. Exhibitors included the Alliance Defense Fund, Liberty Council and Regent University’s Robertson School of Government. Focus on the Family held a reception for former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum.

No doubt, a lot of conservative Christians were in the room. Days later, no Christian Right leader has objected to Limbaugh’s claim to be bigger than God, a claim similar to what John Lennon said in 1966.

When Lennon said, “We’re more popular than Jesus,” Bible-belt Christians roared with anger. They burned Beatles records, banned Beatles songs on the radio and boycotted Beatles concerts. They tolerated no rival claims to the messiah. When Limbaugh uttered a parallel claim, those who see Christianity under attack offered no response. No cry of cultural hostility toward religion was heard. No demand for an apology boomed from pulpits. No boycott was launched.

Why is that?

Why is it that the Christian Right reacted with such reverence to a man who, through thinly disguised humor, disclosed his prideful self-perception and espoused a worldview that counters the biblical witness? Are they afraid of Limbaugh? Are they afraid of his followers who pack their pews?

What explains the fact that Limbaugh can speak untruthfully, and yet he goes unchallenged by conservative Christians? He certainly spoke untruthfully at CPAC when he said that conservatives did not see other people with contempt. Yet he exhibited contempt in his comments about Senators Harry Reid and John Kerry.

When Limbaugh asserted that President Obama “portrays America as a soup kitchen in some dark night,” that he wants to destroy the United States and that he was fueling “class envy,” his untruthfulness went unchallenged. Limbaugh claimed, “We don’t hate anybody.” Yet he proceeded to speak hatefully about Obama, defending his statement that he hoped Obama failed, which was hardly endearing speech.

If truth telling isn’t a conservative value, what about unbridled greed? Is greed a Christian concern? Limbaugh defended greed. He defended the conspicuous consumption and the corporate mismanagement of Merrill Lynch’s former CEO John Thain as a way to defend capitalism.

Limbaugh asserted the primacy of excessive individualism. Again and again, he preached a radical individualism–the rights of the individual are transcendent. Never did he advocate sacrifice for another or urge his audience to avoid the pursuit of one’s rights for the well-being of others.

Limbaugh’s agenda had no room for the parable of the Good Samaritan, perhaps no longer a valued Christian narrative. Is Rush Limbaugh’s agenda in sync with the moral values and vision of conservative Christians?

Given the thunderous silence of Christian Right leaders about Limbaugh’s worldview, one wonders if talk radio’s man of excessive individualism and political extremism has replaced the biblical witness as a moral compass.

Robert Parham is executive editor of EthicsDaily.com and executive director of its parent organization, the Baptist Center for Ethics.

  • matsamuelson

    I’m no friend of Limbaugh, and agree about Christians’ seduction by him, but Limbaugh was saying an absurd joke, NOT a theological statement. We all know people who use such humor and your inability to recognize that undermines your argument (which I am in agreement with in substance). Limbaugh’s power is not in his ideas but his humor. Failing to have a sense of humor ourselves only increases Limbaugh’s power.

  • Paganplace

    Limbaugh’s game has always been to flatter himself, and his listeners, into believing they’re smart and strong for holding to his distorted and hateful view of reality. As all the policies he’s defended come to ruin, and indeed, are rejected by the great majority of Americans, it seems he sees the only way for himself is to try and bend reality further. Makes a good match for the Right, doesn’t he? They had a good part of making each other. An ego like that? No wonder he wants America to fail, now, it doesn’t agree with *him.*

  • Paganplace

    And I don’t think much of conservative ‘humor’ in general. Seems it’s generally just a matter of deriding others and thinking you’re funny. Pretty sad, actually.

  • kert1

    I’m not a big Limbaugh fan but I do find some of commentary insightful. As for the above mentioned joke, I’m not sure if we are getting it in context. So much of what Limbaugh does is parody. It is meant to confuse those who don’t follow him. I wouldn’t be surprise if he is just playing on the media, which frequently portrays him as god like among those on the right.In fact, Limbaugh’s tag line seems to indicate a belief and respect for God. His line is “Talent on loan from God.” Seems to indicate he has his priorities straight there. I wish we would all see our gifts as being from God. Honestly Limbaugh isn’t a Christian, so I can’t really relate to him in many ways. He does give insight and great arguments for conservative issues. I don’t agree with him on everything but who does? His does stick to his convictions and that I appreciate, since no politicians do this.It is quite clear that most liberals hate Limbaugh because has more power than anyone on their side has. They try to silence him anyway they can. You can’t expect them to like a guy who gives the best arguement for voting against them. Anyway, just remember a little thing called “free speach”.

  • Arminius

    Interesting article about Rushbo and the self-destruction of the republican party, written by a real conservative, David Frum:Incidently, liberals do not hate Rushbo; actually we are quite fond of him because he is causing so much harm to his party.

  • Paganplace

    “It is quite clear that most liberals hate Limbaugh because has more power than anyone on their side has. They try to silence him anyway they can. You can’t expect them to like a guy who gives the best arguement for voting against them. Anyway, just remember a little thing called “free speach”.”That’s pure projection from right-wing-world.Trust me, he was contemptible when his influence was laughable. He’s despised because he’s a *lying demagogue* who has taught everyone to hate ‘liberals’ or anything smart and responsible *as* to be scorned *for* being ‘liberal’ while always coming down on the side of the cheaters and would-be-destroyers of the America we know and believe in. He’s earned it on sheer personality, and, frankly, always-wrongness. :)

  • Paganplace

    Not to put too fine a point on it, he was for stringing up people on drugs… While loopy on Oxycontin, …never apologized for or corrected the demented things he said while *on* Oxycontin, for that matter, …called everyone who didn’t believe Bush and in deregulated banks ‘traitors,’ and race-baited over the Wright thing cause any contact with someone who said anything ‘anti-American’ must make one a …traitor…He actively tried to subvert the democratic process by getting Republicans to cross parties and vote for Hillary just to get the less-wanted candidate nominated… Then… When none of that, and none of the things he’s stomped around demanding… Worked in any way, what’s he say?He wants America to fail.Hypocrite. To the bone.

  • wpc09

    When Jesus saw the traders in the Temple in Jerusalem, He scourged them, told them “My house is a house of prayer but you have made it a den of thieves,” then drove them out. When Jesus told Peter, the first among the apostles, that Peter would deny Him, Peter demurred, and Jesus said “Get thee behind me, Satan.” Mr. Limbaugh seems to be on the wrong side of the Gospel, advocating as he does on behalf of the robbers in the house, and perhaps thinking himself wiser and more powerful than His Lord. Would that his millions of listeners might find new hearts and minds, find ways to stop demonizing those who disagree with them, and turn the dial while saying “Get thee behind me, Satan.”

  • csintala79

    Limbaugh’s joke exhibits a sense of humor? Perhaps secularists can laugh openly at such a joke, but the religious? Does “Thou shall not take the Lord’s name in vain” ring a bell? Not so long ago equating oneself with God, even jokingly, would have been considered blatant sacrilege by fundamentalist Christians (joking about God is taking His name in vain: end of story). In reference to Rush, we can also thrown in, “Thou shall not worship false idols.” It is quite an understatement to say he is no Christian. What is sadder is that purported Christians seem to idolize this greedy, pompous, bigoted, smug, sacrilegious hypocrite. Elsewhere in the “On Faith” Panel section, in reference to Obama’s recent actions related to stem cell research and cloning, Cal Thomas says, “Apparently Obama’s faith serves his politics and not the reverse.” Considering their embrace of this egomaniac, the same can be said for the Christian right, in spades.

  • MainstreamBaptist

    This is the most incisive analysis of Limbaugh’s speech at the CPAC conference that I’ve seen in print.I started to write a blog about Limbaugh’s speech after I heard it, but the entire speech made me nauseous.Thanks for pointing out what ought to have been obvious to all people of sincere faith and good will.

  • Counterww

    Well, Rush has some good things to say, but he really full of himself and does nothing to see the other side. For those like Arminius and others that think he is doing great harm to the party- well, I think the shoe was on the other foot 8 years ago or when RR and Bush 1 were president. The dem party looked half dead then too. Politics is a pendulum , and it moves back and forth over time. Bush 2 ruined things for the Pubs, and now the swing has been that much more to Obama. The reason Obama is president is that the economy tanked, Bush did a crappy job as president, and the natural course of events favored a switch anyway.That said, I hope the President is successful, but he needs to remember even he has only so much bandwidth. He needs to focus on one thing at a time, and not have this multi-pronged approach(appears to be) but focus on each problem/issue at a time. I fear he does not understand economic principles as well as he should. Dems need to pay more attention to solving the country’s ills and ignore people like Rush. They need to really consider ideas from the right to some degree and stop this nonsense of “inheriting” the problems as BOTH parties were asleep at the switch over the past 10 plus years. There is a way out of where we are, but paying attention to Rush is a non starter. It is a waste of time and effort.

  • EgregiousPhilbin

    Like other extremist right-wing media stars (Ollie North, Bill O’Reilly, G.Gordon Liddy, etc.), Limbaugh has figured out that he can be successful by pandering to the worst instincts and sentiments of the American population. These extremists know that there is a lot of ignorance, prejudice, and narrow-mindedness in America and that they can gain a large audience (and ratings) by simply appealing to that ignorance, prejudice, and narrow-mindedness. It’s a formula that works.

  • Paganplace

    He’s a symptom, not a luminary.

  • mmm1110

    Rush Limbaugh is nothing but a bad of wind. I cannot understand how anyone can listen to that blowhard. There is a certain segment of the population that needs their Limbaugh “fix.” He is a drug for the Christian far right. Since the far right is always professing their values, shouldn’t they find it unacceptable that a drug user, who illegally acquired thousands of oxycotin pills and is a convicted felon, is fit to tell them how to think? The Christian far right is composed of people who are not very bright. If they can listen to Rush, they can be manipulated by anyone. I guess it was too hard for them to strain their brains.

  • JohnS8

    Well, if you really want to know why the Religious Right was quick to condemn John Lennon for his rather innocent remark and yet completely ignores the outrageous blasphemy of Rush Limbaugh you have to understand their motives.The Christian Right has hated rock and roll since rock and roll was invented. They were always looking for an excuse to condemn it. John Lennon stepped in it big time and gave the right something to shout about.On the other hand the right loves Limbaugh, at that CPAC conference they were lining up to kiss his ass, not to condemn him. The like him because he brazenly bloviates against liberal thought in his most outrageous and bullying manner. He can say anything her wants to say and they will love him for it.

  • jimfilyaw

    it should be borne in mind that these so-called christian fronts don’t own the franchise on christianity. dobson, robertson, perkins, and bauer argue otherwise, but they are not the arbiters of what is and is not christian. it could be argued powerfully that their own credentials are suspect as they represent nothing but their own narrow minded, secular interests. as far as i am concerned, they can take their orthodoxy and go straight…

  • Buzz7

    Oh, brother. Talk about overreacting. Limbaugh was telling a joke, not equating himself to God. It’s called self-deprecating humor. Wake up.And criticizing Obama or other liberals is not hateful; it’s called free speech. (And why is it “hate” only when conservatives do it but it’s “patriotism” or “speaking truth to power” when liberals do?)This is the most absurd, clueless, humorless rant I’ve read in a long time.

  • Arminius

    The joke was in poor taste, but that’s not really the problem. If liberals had told that joke first, the religious right (what an oxymoron!) would have been calling for lynchings. This is rank hypocrisy. Due to free speech, we must conclude that listening to Rush Bimbo is nothing to be ashamed of. But do it in private and wash your hands afterward.

  • intelliwavecom

    Limbaugh’s joke reminds me of a portion of Scripture. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Wake up CPAC!

  • jprfrog

    That anyone would think that Limbaugh is a Christian is a sad, sad joke. Even if you don’t hear the words, don’t recognize the lies, half-truths, and non-facts (he seems to make some stuff up out of thin air) that he spills hour after hour, how can you miss the vile hatred in his tone? What do Christians thing he means when he speaks of bending over and grabbing your ankles? Do they realize what the image is supposed to convey? And what sort of person, let alone Christian, wishes the leadership of our beleaguered country to fail (and thereby the country itself to fail) just so that he can be right? I’d say what we have here is a raging, insecure ego out of control. And as for being an entertainer, so were Roman gladiator fights, bear-baiting, cock-fights, and “pro” wrestling, and Grand Theft Auto. I can’t see any honest Christian enjoying that sort of “entertainment”. Well, maybe pro wrestling…which is to real wrestling as Rush’s expectorations are to reality.Still, I’m glad he is there. I wouldn’t shut him up for anything, because every time he opens his capacious mouth, he turns another independent voter away feom the Republicans.

  • Nosmanic

    In light of all the Messiah idea that Obama’s supports were criticized for I think Rush should have gotten a little crap but no one of power wants to confront Rush.As for free speech anyone that is liberal claims to be true christan isn’t really idea I’m ok with that these true christans can keep their religion to themselves. On a personal note I’m a Catholic I don’t know what this free speech thing is.

  • Chops2

    I dont know about bigger than god but he’s definatly fatter.He was joking, he’s an bloviating tub of drug addicted hypocrisy but he was joking. That was hardly the worst and most offensive thing to come out of the speech. His Kerry rant was so utterly disgraceful for someone that wraps himself in the American flag at every possible moment but he has no shame and neither does anyone that actually goes to CPAC. We all know the only real soldiers are republican ones.

  • EarlC

    I agree. I do not understand the Christian right. As a Christian, I find their comments and reactions questionable.

  • bevjims1

    Buzz7 wrote: “Oh, brother. Talk about overreacting. Limbaugh was telling a joke, not equating himself to God. It’s called self-deprecating humor. Wake up.”Well, how do you explain the violent reaction to Lennon saying the Beatles were more popular than Jesus? It was true after all. He was just pointing it out. But the conservatives in this country went on a rampage, maybe because Lennon pointed out something they did not want to admit. And lets be fair, if Obama had made the “joke” that Rush did, or Polosi or Reid, would the CPAC members have remained silent? Limbaugh would be the first to launch a rampage.And to carry that thought further, what would the reaction have been from the members of CPAC if a democrat had launched a war only to find out the reason for launching the war was completely wrong, or let a city be submerged without a response, or did not prepare for a terrorist attack that killed close to 3000 people? Face it, CPAC is political and politics means attack your opponent at every turn but look the other way when its your side doing the same thing. Politics is what Rush is all about, politics is what CPAC is all about. But don’t blame the Post or the bloggers here for pointing out the stark hypocrisy in their politics.

  • theobc1

    Buzz,”self-deprecating” means to make fun of oneself. saying that God wishes he were you is not self-deprecating at all. the word to describe what limbaugh said is “blasphemy”.

  • ScottChallenger

    Why no outrage? Simple. The room was packed full of hypocrits. Say one thing and do another. This has been going on with the conservatives and Republicans since Reagan. Why is it only Limbaugh that has finally revealed the true character of this group. Why has it taken 20+ years to become self-evident, why there may actually be merit in the “right-wing conspiracy.”

  • willandjansdad1

    The GOP is lost…So very lost. They are engaging in a cult of personality that is evil and self promoting. It’s odd that they refer to Obama as the “Messiah” while Limbaugh compares himself to God.

  • SamBrown2

    The over-the-top reception that Limbaugh and his “witticisms” got at CPAC just proves that the type of people who would attend a CPAC event are extremist kooks.

  • Brent5

    Robert,

  • losthorizon10

    Anyone with a brain has to admit- it’s kind of funny that the Minority Leader is a gluttonous, oxycontin-addicted, sex-junket-loving, gasbag who has never run anything but his mouth (which is usually full of pills or Big Macs). Don’t cross “Boss” Limbaugh, or you’ll have to apologize, the way Michael Steele did! Too funny, the GOP looks up to any inbred freak as a leader, as long as they talk tough. Examples: trailer trash Sarah Palin, George Bush, and Rush Limbaugh.

  • jaxas

    Limbaugh’s joke says a great deal about what he is actually like. It never ceases to astonish me that so many in the media miss Limbaugh’s beyond obvious megalomania. “Talent on loan from God”, “The man who runs America”, “America’s real anchorman”, “America’s doctor of democracy”, not to mention the gozillion times a week that he reminds his viewers that he is a “trained, professional broadcaster”. Limbaugh peddles this self adoring nonsense everyday and gets away with it by dint of a pretense that it is all done in good humor and entertainment. But, from that grotesque, nauseating performance at CPAC and the audience reaction to it, one cannot help but wonder: Is it really a pretense or does this bloated, misshapen, overgrown, obviously hungry-for attention, adolescent-sounding old man actually believe his own taglines? And more importantly, does his audience believe it?There is an old axiom about how human beings are acutely sensitive to the odors of their fellows but blissfully unaware of their own offensive fumes. One has to wonder if Limbaugh is aware of that axiom.

  • jaxas

    Taking Limbaugh’s “joke” to its logical conclusion, the full implication would be that God is a conservative, worships Limbaugh as an idol and apparently rejects the teachings of his own Son. Can you imagine Jesus on talk radio making fun of the homeless while lionizing the wealthy and powerful as the “people in our society who make America the great country that it is.”If I thought for an instant we were the subjects of a God who wants to be like Rush Limbaugh, I would call up Lucifer and tell him to reserve a place for me in Hell.

  • kjohnson3

    “It’s called self-deprecating humor.”Buzz7 –Try reading a dictionary. Limbaugh’s joke would more accurately be described as “God-deprecating humor.”

  • willandjansdad1

    His constant sexual innuendo and references to “bending over” plus his total disregard to “the least of these” should have legitimate Christians running for the exits.

  • Dieterman

    No surprise here. The “Christianity” of the right is little more than a political cloak – a mantle of righteousness to disguise an entirely modern American political movement driven by an intolerant and jingoistic populism and fierce opposition to the social changes of the past half century. Hence the dirty little secret of this “Christianity” – its adherents are actually less than enthusiastic about Jesus Christ Himself, who, to put it mildly, fails them as a source of authority.

  • theobserver4

    kert1 Author Profile Page:I’m not a big Limbaugh fan but I do find some of commentary insightful. As for the above mentioned joke, I’m not sure if we are getting it in context. So much of what Limbaugh does is parody. It is meant to confuse those who don’t follow him. I wouldn’t be surprise if he is just playing on the media, which frequently portrays him as god like among those on the right.In fact, Limbaugh’s tag line seems to indicate a belief and respect for God. His line is “Talent on loan from God.” Seems to indicate he has his priorities straight there. I wish we would all see our gifts as being from God.Honestly Limbaugh isn’t a Christian, so I can’t really relate to him in many ways. He does give insight and great arguments for conservative issues. I don’t agree with him on everything but who does? His does stick to his convictions and that I appreciate, since no politicians do this.It is quite clear that most liberals hate Limbaugh because has more power than anyone on their side has. They try to silence him anyway they can. You can’t expect them to like a guy who gives the best arguement for voting against them. Anyway, just remember a little thing called “free speach”.-hahaha yea ok guy.Please please please keep listening to Limbaugh. Go to his speeches, donate money to his radio show, open your mouth and quote him whenever possible. Use him for “information” as well as entertainment and be sure to preach the truth you learn to everyone around you. Disparge those dirty libs every chance you get and pray for failure of our economy so you can say I told you so. Eventually the other 75% of Americans will see it your way.The Republican party will be gone in

  • analyst72

    Not that “nobody” challenges him. It is that the bunch of customary “christian hypocrites” are THAT stupid.

  • bevjims1

    Dieterman : “Hence the dirty little secret of this “Christianity” – its adherents are actually less than enthusiastic about Jesus Christ Himself, who, to put it mildly, fails them as a source of authority.”I have to agree and would add that these “Christians” only read the old testament and follow the vengeful God described there. We hear about Sodom/Gammorah, eye for en eye, etc but we rarely hear the words of Christ espoused by the likes of Limbaugh and the “christian right”. If Jesus walked into that CPAC convention he would have been outraged, but the God of the old testament might have looked on approvingly, at least if he considered CPAC His chosen people, which most are certainly not by God’s own definition.In other words, these “chrsitians” are mixed up and not following the new testament at all. They are the people who not only would have passed the injured man by that the Good Samaritan eventually helped, they would have shouted at the Samaritan explaining why the man should NOT be helped.

  • willandjansdad1

    “Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin, the teenage daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin, have broken off their engagement, he said Wednesday, about 2 1/2 months after the couple had a baby.”…Sarah chose to push these kids to the front of the stage.Vitter, Craig, Limbaugh, Haggert, Palin…The arbiters of how the rest of us should behave?I think not!

  • EdwardGutting6

    “It is quite clear that most liberals hate Limbaugh because has more power than anyone on their side has. “Limbaugh is more powerful than the President of the United States? What you are saying does not make any sense to me.

  • bigbrother1

    Christians react so favorably to Limbaugh and in such large numbers because christianity has become little more than a tool of the right wing of American politics.American christianity has as little to do with the sayings of the person called Jesus as the Chinese government has to do with the writings of the person called Marx. In both cases the names are invoked and used as sigils of authority. In both cases the words of their nominal gods are completely ignored, even condemned if they can be successfully detached from their original speakers.If there is a god proper to modern American christianity, it’s true name might be Moloch. Something like that is the real god of Rush Limbaugh and his followers.

  • pvilso24

    You missed the joke : ) Don’t liberals have their own Messiah ? : )Try listening to Limbaughs radio show than you’ll understand His humor.Limbaugh has been falsely elevated by liberals to the status of Republican Leader.. some recently called him Minority Leader.Limbaugh has taken the gift and uses liberal Larry King to take it to an absurd level. Liberals envy Limbaughs success ? even GOD envys His success ! : ) : ) Get it ?Christian conservatives are NOT offended. It says something about their confidence and their faith.

  • bevjims1

    pvilso24 wrote: “Limbaugh has taken the gift and uses liberal Larry King to take it to an absurd level. Liberals envy Limbaughs success ? even GOD envys His success ! : ) : ) Get it ?”Not in the least. First, I had no idea King got a liberal rating. Is there a reason he’s considered liberal? Been married more than Rush?Second, what gave you the idea liberals envy Limbaugh’s success when liberals are the ones pointing it out? Liberals have been trying to get that message out for years. It is the republicans who are playing down Limbaugh’s influence in the party.Third, would the joke have been as funny if a liberal had told it, or would it have been offensive?pvilso24 wrote: “Christian conservatives are NOT offended. It says something about their confidence and their faith.”Their faith in Limbaugh is obvious. Even those who anger Limbaugh pray to him for forgiveness. And I was once told by a christian that God can break his own commandments because He is God, and thus he can destroy the world with a flood or kill all in Sodom/Gamorrah. God laws are for men, not God. It seems Limbaugh is free from God’s laws as well. His drug use and multiple marriages would have conservatives in an uproar if he were liberal. But it seems as a conservative god Limbaugh is equally exempt from God’s laws as God Himself is. Liberals understand the joke. They just don’t find it funny.

  • risejugger

    ” matsamuelson Author Profile Page:I’m no friend of Limbaugh, and agree about Christians’ seduction by him, but Limbaugh was saying an absurd joke, NOT a theological statement. We all know people who use such humor and your inability to recognize that undermines your argument (which I am in agreement with in substance). Limbaugh’s power is not in his ideas but his humor. Failing to have a sense of humor ourselves only increases Limbaugh’s power.The point is not whether Rush Limbaugh truly believes himself to be above God; which is highly unlikely. What Mr. Parham is illuminating is the basic hypocrisy of so-called “Christian conservatives.”They applaud Rush Limbaugh for the same kind of statement they would condemn anybody else for. The same hypocrisy was on display during the recent campaign in regard to Ms. Palin and the well-publicized facts regarding her daughter. Personally, I was disgusted by all the attention focused on Ms. Palin’s daughter; it was purely a private matter for their family. On the other hand, both she, the Republican Party, and the “Christian right” bring such scrutiny on themselves. If they were not so quick to condemn and demonize the moral failings of anybody who does not believe precisely in what they do; perhaps their own moral failings would not be scrutinized as much as they are.As for Rush Limbaugh; I have heard his rants and their is nothing christian about them. When I think of him, the “Christian right,” and the Republican party; the words “judge not, lest ye be judged” come to mind! I think they will have more to worry about when they meet St. Peter than explaining a poor-taste joke.

  • KatieAtl

    Mr. Parham, I feel certain that you published a long line of articles during the Bush administration criticizing the hateful and intolerant left’s obsession with publicly spewing vitriol about our nation’s president. Perhaps you could quote from a few of those articles so that we could see that you hold both side’s feet to the fire. I eagerly anticipate some entertaining reading.

  • kchses1

    Limbaugh is a salesman and he’s very good at selling himself. He’s not selling a product, he’s selling himself as an entertainer, a teacher, a giver of advice, a pitchman or whatever to promote himself. I have nothing against this if anyone wants to listen to him and feels good associating himself with being one of his ditto heads. But don’t take offense when someone calls him what he truly is, an entertainer selling himself. When he is gone people who need this type of entertainment will replace him with someone else. He will leave nothing lasting behind. He will leave no books behind that will survive him. No one will search out old movies or radio clips of him as they do with someone like Bob Hope. He will be wind in the buffalo grass. Hence the need for him to be as bombastic as possible in the here and now as I suspects he knows none of it will survive him.

  • kchses1

    Limbaugh is a salesman and he’s very good at selling himself. He’s not selling a product, he’s selling himself as an entertainer, a teacher, a giver of advice, a pitchman or whatever to promote himself. I have nothing against this if anyone wants to listen to him and feels good associating himself with being one of his ditto heads. But don’t take offense when someone calls him what he truly is, an entertainer selling himself. When he is gone people who need this type of entertainment will replace him with someone else. He will leave nothing lasting behind. He will leave no books behind that will survive him. No one will search out old movies or radio clips of him as they do with someone like Bob Hope. He will be wind in the buffalo grass. Hence the need for him to be as bombastic as possible in the here and now as I suspects he knows none of it will survive him.

  • billmosby

    Oooooo… somebody made a religious joke.Why the different reactions between this one and the Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus”? Maybe 46 years of social evolution in which many sacred cows have been gored? Maybe because Lennon wasn’t joking?

  • chatard

    You do not understand the joke. You do not understand humor. You do not understand Rush Limbaugh. You do not understand conservatism. You do not understand Christians. You do not understand worldviews. If you abhor “excessive individualism” you are a communist front or a pawn. But you will be highly valued by the Washington Post, much the same as John McCain used to be, then wasn’t, and now will be again. Why don’t you just come out and write a piece decrying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

  • jimarush

    Hitler mesmerized an entire nation with hateful rhetoric. Limbaugh and his followers have been spoiling for a confrontation with liberals forever so anything that he says that is rhetorically inflammatory is to be expected. The hateful Christians who support this nut had better pray that Limbaugh is in fact God when that great book is opened.

  • alvin12

    Conservatives have two sets of values. One for themselves and one for everyone else.The true test is going to be how they treat the octuplets born in California. They ARE here and they are going to need a lot of help

  • SaraNYC

    I’m a Christian. THe only thing that is going to keep leftist ideology from becoming predominant in the thinking of Americans during this administration is sacrificial prayer. NOT Rush Limbaugh reactions.

  • octopi213

    Wow, you clearly have zero sense of humor, because Rush was clearly telling a joke. Like the first poster said, this completely undermines your credibility with this piece by taking that whole statement seriously.Another problem you liberals have is that you can’t separate your personal and business feelings about people. Rush doesn’t have a personal vendetta against Obama. When he criticizes Obama it’s because he disagrees with him. He has criticized plenty of Republicans as well. But this is all business, this is his job. You and other libs take this stuff too personally, and have zero sense of humor. Get a life.

  • Paganplace

    ” pvilso24 Well, you see, that’s not really a ‘joke’ in the sense that it’s not funny and is predicated on a whole lot of scaremongering that was designed to try and get people to fear a competent… Whoa. President, and instead choose people who will speak of a Messiah and act against their interests as citizens. No, actually, the caricature and demonization of ‘liberals’ Rush put in your heads actually doesn’t meet with reality. Gods forbid people should be enthusiastic about a President for *good reasons,* eh?Has that become such a foreign idea that you can only project your own mob hysteria on more than half the country?

  • octopi213

    Wow, you clearly have zero sense of humor, because Rush was clearly telling a joke. Like the first poster said, this completely undermines your credibility with this piece by taking that whole statement seriously.Another problem you liberals have is that you can’t separate your personal and business feelings about people. Rush doesn’t have a personal vendetta against Obama. When he criticizes Obama it’s because he disagrees with him. He has criticized plenty of Republicans as well. But this is all business, this is his job. You and other libs take this stuff too personally, and have zero sense of humor. Get a life.

  • bstanton55

    When I read trash like this my first thought is, Liberals and Convervatives could not be more opposite. I find it hard to believe that the writer actually believes what he’s written. But I’m often amazed at how liberals think. I think the answer is two countries. Just give us Texas (I’ve heard it’s nice), and you can have everything else. Until then, we will have to tolerate the insanity of the liberal mind.

  • Paganplace

    ” bstanton55 Hey, as far as I’m concerned, you can have it. Speaking of ironies, did you know that actually the Federal money, as regards ‘conservative Red States,’ entirely contrary to the claims of Rush, actually flows *to* those states *from* the blue ones? You wanna talk about not approving of social responsibility, buy your own darn roads, and good riddance.

  • abqcleve

    The answer to all your questions, Mr. Parham? Because Rush is no Christian, but fundy Christians were successfully coopted by Reagan and have been duped ever since. You see, Rush is fat and white, like most of them. It’s the culture wars, stupid, not religion that’s in play.Fortunately, increasing numbers of Christians are becoming disillusioned by the hypocrisy of the right.

  • Paganplace

    And, speaking of ‘Just give us Texas,’ maybe you could elect *Bush* as El Presidente. He’s all kinds of tight with Vicente Fox and *his* corporate connections. And now we’re facing a possibility of a failed state on our southern border. But you got fences you could build, right?

  • Paganplace

    I mean, hey, elect Limbaugh… He’s already dressing like a Miami Vice villain, …now *that* would be funny. :)

  • MHawke

    The party of Lincoln is now the party of Limbaugh. A very different vibe…

  • dad15

    This issue is dead. Get over it and bury this story.Is this radio commentator so dangerous to you people that you continue to talk up about this nonsense? Besides you dont really believe there is a God do you? That is so medieval? RIGHT! I MEAN LEFT.

  • j2hess

    “No doubt, a lot of conservative Christians were in the room. Days later, no Christian Right leader has objected to Limbaugh’s claim to be bigger than God, a claim similar to what John Lennon said in 1966.When Lennon said, “We’re more popular than Jesus,”***Minor point: Lennon was criticizing the whole pop-culture erection of idols, using the popularity of the Beatles as a case in point. He was saying that our values where misplaced, out-of-whack. It was the opposite of Limbaugh’s hubris.

  • FH123

    I think Rush’s act is getting real stale and old. Obama and the Dems are right to try and tie the GOP to this guy, and CPAC was foolish for giving him the spotlight they did. Rush’s joke was accurate in that his schtick is all about self promotion and creating a larger-then-life character…the GOP needs to start shedding this loser and putting forth some ideas, instead of hoping for failure. The concept of any American hoping for the country’s failure for the next 4 years in history just sickens me…maybe I’m just too much of an old-school conservative in that I can’t bring myself to trash the Commander-in-chief even if I disagree with his policies.

  • willandjansdad1

    Rush is an entertainer if your idea of entertainment is pulling the wings off flies.

  • rmorris391

    I am not a fan of Rush Limbaugh, but I understand he has wide-spread appeal. For news, I prefer Larry King or Bill Moyers or even Jim Lehrer. I feel all of my favs are presenting themselves as journalists. Rush seems to present himself as a political comedian. For political comedy, I would pick Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert (both on Comedy Central).While some of us might dismiss Rush Limbaugh as a political comedian. We might remember that some of his faithful listeners might believe his version of ideology. This is a dangerous disconnect because many of his followers will vote or act in support of Rush Limbaugh’s beliefs. For me the bottom line, is to “think for myself” and not be seduced by a Rush Limbaugh. Democracy is about keeping informed, weighing in on debates, and then acting for the highest and best of all concerned. In other words, I favor the ideology of “I am my brothers keeper”.

  • aredant

    I would much rather listen to the Beatles than read the Bible or be hit over the head by Limbaugh.

  • irabird

    Splendid words, Mr. Parham!

  • EnemyOfTheState

    Limbaugh referred to himself a few short years ago as just an ‘entertainer.’ Apparently, his head has swelled…along with the rest of him.

  • kbtoledo

    Rush Limbaugh is a humorist in the same vein as Lenny Bruce once was. He pokes holes at our vanities and shortcomings, one-sidedly. I don’t like anything he says or the way he says it, but that’s me. Those folks who take him so dearly to heart aren’t going to change their minds.

  • EnemyOfTheState

    Regarding Limbaugh’s appearance at the convention, someone ought to tell him that black isn’t slimming when you weigh 300 lbs.

  • Paganplace

    “When Rush is eventually discovered on the floor of his bathroom with an overdose of Oxycontin in his arm, they will surely claim it was a liberal conspiracy.”I’m a little more concerned about him having been on the *radio* on too much Oxycontin (Couldn’t you tell?) while *shaping ideas about this disastrous agenda.*I mean, did it ever *occur* to the average dittohead, upon this ‘revelation and redemption’ to even *consider* that while he was shaping their view of America, he was *off his gourd on drugs?*

  • anla1974

    I am just glad you used the term “conservative Christians.” To many people who are not of the caucasian race are Christians for this group of Christians to represent them all much less truly represent Christianity. I don’t consider Rush Limbaugh any more a Christian then he considers himself to be with those blasphamous comments. Limbaugh the bigot, sexist person that he is, is just one more example of a wolf in sheeps clothing. You shall know them by their fruits is a piece of scripture that warns Christians to recognize other Christians by their deeds not just their proclamations of themselves as Christians. He probably knows all the dirty little secrets of most of the parties biggest names and has become an untouchable. Perhaps he knows who is a member of the KKK (I say that facetiously) or some other race driven terrorist group in America and who knows what else. Bottomline, he’s a bigot and we all would be hard pressed to forget that about him. It reflects his true character and agendas.

  • bluesneakers

    I can’t listen to rushs nonsense, and I wonder how so many can. Many listeners that I know claim to be religious/christians – yet they subject themselves to hours on end of bitter hateful talk – and continue parrotting the lines. Does having strong religious beliefs make them gullible? I just don’t understand it. I do believe that limbaugh fails the most basic human decency tests – I would think that christians in particular would be offended by his points of view and disposition, but go figure, they’re his fans.

  • j2hess

    bstanton55:And you’ll end up like Mexico!No, seriously, the socio-economic structure of the southern tier of states is more like Latin America than the North – a small agrarian or natural-resource extracting elite, a mass of poor and dis-enfranchised, and a middle class squeezed in between. (The middle class is as large as it mostly because the North won the War Between the States.) The northern structure was more egalitarian – numerous land-owning small farmers and industry requiring skilled labor. The egalitarian base leads to democracy and economic dynamism. Inequality leads to oligarchy and a rentier society. So if you’re going to take Texas, can we give you Lousiana, Mississipi, Alabama, and Tenessee? Maybe South Carolina too, Georgia except for Atlanta.

  • duh3

    the authors don’t get the joke. obama is god in the joke. if you don’t listen to rush, but then listen to his CPAC speech, things don’t make sense. that’s why the authors do not have context. gee, the authors are profound in their ability to point out that Rush may have been exaggerating in some of his comments about liberal/obama views, but that does not make the comments patently untruthful. this piece could be called, “I’d like to point out rush’s exaggerations and question why people don’t think his exaggerations are lying.” Because it’s sarcasm that makes sense in context.

  • bigsprgs

    BUZZ7 :Actually, it’s both.

  • G6482

    I agree in part with what you say. I think humor should definitely be used in looking at Limbaugh. He is a perfect caricature of the indulgent, fat, unrestrained Capitalist. He should be held up as the poster boy for unmitigated greed and sloth, spewing his rhetoric while growing ever fatter on his stacks of money. I am not a communist and I love my country but Rush Limbaugh is a joke and only in a country as free as the one we enjoy could success come to one as comical and clownish as Mr. Limbaugh. There is actually one thing worse than Godless communism, and that is Godless capitalism, and Mr. Limbaugh should ever be our reminder what it looks like, and the religious rights failure to identify it in their own ranks is a good indicator of what they really embrace.

  • Robert_B1

    “Just give us Texas (I’ve heard it’s nice), and you can have everything else.”Given that the state of Texas currently has the most applicants for food stamps (over 3 million according to the source I heard), I for one have no problem with handing it over…How’ja like that joke? :)

  • JimMF

    The Limbaugh envy is quite telling when you have the White House and liberals in general targeting him. NEWSFLASH, HE IS JUST A RADIO TALK SHOW HOST!!!! All the low-class personal insults (e.g., fat, drug addict, etc.) thrown at Rush remind me that the liberals are shallow, politically driven, and unprincipled. They can’t come up with substantive arguments to challenge Rush’s conservative arguments AND THEY CAN’T PUT TOGETHER INTELLIGENT ARGUMENTS TO CHALLENGE TALK RADIO LISTENERS. Liberal talk radio is a failure due to the liberal arguments being based on emotions and political causes. I have listened in and it was full of whining and smart-@ss remarks.But, then again, so are the posts here.

  • kbtoledo

    Many Christians and Catholics believe they are supporting life and God by supporting anti-choice legislation. This makes them right, period!, because anything else doesn’t support life so it must be wrong. Liberals complicate things with logic and reason, but the Bible is about faith. As a result, conservatives have misplaced their faith in someone they genuinely believe is on the side of God and who, like George W. et al., justifies their means by claiming to be working for the ultimate good.

  • zzapynys

    It’s well and good that you denounce this sleazeball Limbaugh, but it’s best that you just ignore him.

  • bevjims1

    bluesneakers : “Many listeners that I know claim to be religious/christians – yet they subject themselves to hours on end of bitter hateful talk – and continue parrotting the lines.”Sorta like reading the old testament and continually regurgitating its moral “lessons”, Exodus 32:27 for example. Christians are conditioned to listen to Rush’s type of speech, which is akin to the firey christian speeches of hellfire and brimstone, fear and mistrust, good and evil, and of course the continual war between heaven and hell. Don’t be surprised that christians listen to him. They are conditioned to listen to that type of speach, and I think Rush probably knows it though I’ve heard he himself does not go to church.

  • tisch

    I am just amazed that Limbaugh and others of the so called CHRISTIAN right can go to church and act so rightous, yet go out and say such hateful, fabricated things about others. Not just Obama. Racist cruel things. As a Christian, I was taught the golden rule(love thy neighbor as thyself” as well as “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” I never saw such hipocracy. I don’t think Limbaugh can count on a spot in heaven. Satan has his throne ready for him.

  • tisch

    zzapynys: Its amazing that you said to just ignore Limbaugh. Thats all Obama said to do and man did he get slammed. All of a sudden his followers are calling for a debate between him and Obama, statements of Obamas challenging Limbaugh and so on. The GOP and Limbaugh Nazi followers are the ones making a big deal out of it all and over stating his status.

  • chowner

    This is because the “Christian Right” is hardly Christian. These are church-going folks who don’t ponder the biblical teachings, but show up every Sunday to be seen. They would rather count their money than their blessings. And for some reason, the Christian Right has determined that if you’re not wealthy, it’s because God is punishing you for your sin. All these folks will surely roast in Hell, for what did Jesus say? “It is easier for camel to fit through the eye of a needle than a rich man to get into Heaven.” Rush Limbaugh is a drugged-up jerk, appeared to be high on Cocaine during this speech, and these people worship him and wealth — not God.

  • blbower

    I believe Rush’s speech and the non-reaction to it show exactly what is wrong with the revolting Republic party. They spout off about their core values and then proceed to stomp said values into the dirt with their caustic treatment of anyone who doesn’t drink the kool-aid. What ever happened to “Love thy neighbor as Thy self”?

  • presto668

    JimMF wrote:Except he’s not. When you have the RNC chair apologizing for remarks about him instead of the other way around, that means he’s beyond “just a radio talk show host”. He’s the de facto leader of the GOP right now.Also, it’s hardly envy. It’s more like having a crazy relative who shows up at Christmas and makes loud, obnoxious, inappropriate comments during dinner. Everyone just wants him to be quiet and go home.

  • JoeBewildered

    Rush’s popularity can be explained with one word: FAITH.People that swallow his lines rely on what they believe to guide them. Verifiable fact and other empirical evidence does not enter into consideration. They believe with all their being that whatever is wrong with their lives, the country, the world, is somebody else’s fault (ususally liberals) and here is this big commanding voice for three hours a day confirming their belief.Faith, as a guiding force, should not stray beyond its realm that is the spiritual. When you try to bend the real world to what you feel and believe (especially if what you feel and believe is what Rush Limbaugh tells tou to feel and believe)the result is disastrous. That experiment has just been run. No matter how fervently you believe you can fly, when you step off that cliff you’re going to crash to the ground.

  • limpscomb

    If you do not fully understand the Evangelical and Fundamentalist form of worship, what they claim to believe and how they see themselves in relation to the rest of society, you cannot appreciate in any depth why they admire Rush so much.Most Evangelical and Fundamentalist churches are not big or overflowing with church members. They are often in strip malls housed in little sections of stores, often headed by a preacher who hasn’t attended any theological school and sometimes, as several I’ve been personally acquainted with, have no more than a high school education. However, they have been *born again* by some experience and feel that they have been called to preach. Their form of preaching will often remind one of how Rush himself speaks – loud, bombastic, pacing up and down the podium, quoting numerous Bible verses to back their unstrutured and often rambling and very long sermons.Their bigotry, ignorance of the wider world and all its nuances is actually a shield that they clothe themselves in so as to be able better to believe themselves on some higher plane of Godly existence, castigating all others who don’t see it as they do.Rush plays into this mindset. He is very much like Huey Long, Eugene Talmadge, and many, many other Southern politicians.He is NOT amusing. He is NOT a fool, and he KNOWS full well what he is doing.

  • marcedward1

    Kert1 – not sure if you’ve lost your mind but you claim Limbaugh has more power than anyone on the ‘liberal’ side? Let’s see – Limbaugh has a radio show. The Liberals have the White House and both houses of congress. So Limbaugh has the power to repeat the same crapola he’s been saying for the last 15 years, Liberals have the power to save the USA from the policies Limbaugh advocated and brought the USA to it’s knees.

  • onestring

    EXACTLY!WHY don’t legitemate Christians step up, speak out, and throw the scum in their midst off of the dais?Because many people claim to be Christian who aren’t. They sin allll week long in a breathtaking lack of ethics, immoral financial transactions, environmental degredation, and violate the bible – and the 10 commandments – daily. They have a “fish” on their car or truck, and yet they hate others who aren’t like them. They selectively read (if at all) the Bible and stick to a pro-gun (where IS that passage in the Bible, anyway) anti-choice, anti-science (where is THAT passage in the Bible, again?), and unconstitutional melding of church-and-State positions.THAT stuff they parrot really well.People like Limbaugh and his blissfully ignorant supporter/parrots give Christians a bad name.I’m waiting for honorable people to take over the Republican party and let the hypocrites like Limbaugh and his supporters out when they complain about the strong ethical and actually moral behavior that could be practiced.

  • newamerica

    The author raises valid and truthful points. As a christian myself, I have to truly live not just according to the word of God, but also using Jesus as and example. When something comes up to me and I am faced with a decision I always ask myself: What would Jesus do ?.

  • agolembe

    I understand Limbaugh was making a joke, but if you’ve ever spent time around 11 year old girls (and I was one) you hear similar jokes all the time. “You’re stupid! No offense, just kidding!” There’s an awful lot of truth to be found when you listen to how some people kid.

  • lambcannon

    Ho ho. Using “Baptist” and “Ethics” in the same sentence reminds me of another “joke.”

  • 12thgenamerican

    you can preach when your party stops killing the unborn.

  • gshpc

    The new Testament teaches much that is un-Republican. On militarism: beat your swords into plowshares; On taxes: give unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s and unto God that which is God’s; On wealth: it is easier for a camel to walk through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the gates of Heaven. Given that many evangelicals ignore the teachings of Christ to follow the modern conservatie movement, is it any wonder that they also worship false idols like Rush Limbaugh.

  • Arminius

    It amuses me no end how some of the right wing numbnuts continue to believe that we of the left are afraid of Rush Bimbo. The truth is completely the opposite. Rushbo IS currently the de facto leader of the republican party, and this is made obvious by so many top conservatives genuflecting and groveling before him. So the White House took what is almost a Machiavellian approach – support Rushbo as the head of their party because it drags the whole bunch deeper into the cesspool they have cheerfully dug for themselves.The tragedy is that American needs two viable political parties, especially now, when we all need discussion and new ideas to confront an unknown situation. And I can’t believe that I, a liberal, am going to say it, but it is true: where is Goldwater when America needs him? There was truly a man of honor and integrity, even if his politics were out of date even in 1964. He opposed any influence of religion in politics, and was a social moderate even then.

  • thevanguardco

    Don’t you get it you moron? It was a joke. And Lennon’s remark was not.

  • Paganplace

    “hevanguardco “Don’t you get it you moron?”No, I didn’t. Please do elucidate.

  • Paganplace

    I mean, hey, I’m sure it will be *hilarious,* when you explain what you’re trying to say. That always works great.

  • Arminius

    “Liberals have no sense of humor.”This liberal is LHAO at the utter stupidity of that statement. Where do you people get your brains – mail order from Elbonia?

  • bevjims1

    12thgenamerican wrote: “you can preach when your party stops killing the unborn.”And your party can preach when your party stops killing the living.

  • rightPOV

    Your article is full of half truths twisted to say what was never said. The opening comment about God’s throne was a JOKE. Man, we may be “Christian Right” but we have a sense of human. Rush never defended greed- you’ve seen Wall Street too many times when you interchange “greed” and “profit”. Let’s face it- you hate Rush. Period. And you are entitled to your opinion. But don’t accuse him of things he’s never said to bait your audience. The man hosts 15 unscripted hours weekly of political commentary and discussion and more than 20 million people tune in. You hate that. Because Air America closed shop and Newsweek is dying… along with WAPO, NYTimes, San Fran Chron, MSNBC, et al. Since you can’t compete you either try to discredit with lies and smears or you go running to Congress for the “fairness” doctrine.

  • Arminius

    rightPOV -”The opening comment about God’s throne was a JOKE. Man, we may be “Christian Right” but we have a sense of human.”Jokes told by bigots which slam a race or people are ‘jokes’ too, but they’re sick jokes. And any real Christian will tell you that Rush Bimbo’s ‘joke’ was very close to blasphemy. “Rush never defended greed- “Maybe not, but Rushbo spews his hatred of liberals in the same fashion that a Nazi spews his hatred of Jews.”Let’s face it- you hate Rush.”Get over it, dude, we like Rushbo, because he’s leading you numbnuts deeper into your self-made sewer.

  • kbtoledo

    i notice that most of the comments referring to the fat man’s use of Oxycontin have been deleted. Who, exactly, was offended by these if they were clearly based on factual news reporting and police and court records??

  • kbtoledo

    12thgenamerican hit it on the head when he said, “you can preach when your party stops killing the unborn.”Rush and conservative Christians believe they are defending the unborn from slaughter and defending the House of God from homosexual deviancy, so they feel justified in everything they say and do. Thus was George W.’s “vision thing” a free pass for corruption and greed. They knew as long as they stood against abortion, everything else they did would be tolerated… and it was… and is…

  • Paganplace

    I have to say, that in the past eight years, it stops being funny, as well, when you can’t tell what out of the Right is satire. Yaknow?

  • archie136

    It is easy to understand why the Christian Right would show deference to Limbaugh’s anti-christian jokes. the fact of the matter is that the majority of these folks are political idealogues first and Christians fifth. In fact the religious part of their psyche is more of an auxiliary part of their political persona. Bear in mind that Rush Limbaugh was at his very best, at least to supporters on the Right,when making derogatory comments about Michael J. Fox who was at the time showing signs of having a debilitating disease and more recently, he took some delight in Ted Kennedy’s brain cancer, using the word memorial to attach to a issue Kennedy was supporting.Individuals on the Right who take pleasure in listening to a man with this peculiar sense of taste, a man who incidentally has a very difficult time forcing himself to laugh, are unlikely to armed with any christian principles when they attend events where he is the prime speaker. There is no surprise in this scenario.

  • bobbyvalenz

    You’ve missed the point completely. Nobody takes Limbaugh seriously. He is a clown. Will you criticize a clown for making children laugh? The Beatles? Now that was a credible group.

  • stadtbear

    I think Lush Rumball should be left alone. He is singlehandedly drawing mass attention to the sickness, greed and distortions that are centerpieces of the Republic party and of the christers who are the ultra-right. His antics, if not his cowardly use of a personal servant to procure his drugs, will be recalled by the newer, younger first-time voters in 2012. Democrats will win again. I’m perfectly willing to recognize him as head of the Republic party. They deserve each other.

  • therev1

    The Christian Right is corrupt – not Christian.

  • donaldtucker

    voodoo princess from haiti predicts rush,cheney and murdoch. will make the trip this year.

  • labman57

    Limbaugh’s philosophy is a common one among the loudest blowhards of the far right. He, Coulter, Hannity, Beck, etc. couldn’t care less whether what they espouse is factually accurate. All that matters is whether or not they can SELL it.

  • kbtoledo

    To Paganplace – You have it all wrong. It was your wanton sexual behavior that caused the stock market to crash, the Saudis to attack us, and the world to stop liking us. My net worth would be considerably enhanced had you not had sex with that man, or woman, or person. Thank God for people like Rush, Rick Sanctified, Ted Hagred, that guy with the wide stance, and other conservatives who are not afraid to be gay sometimes just to show us mortals how wrong it is and exactly what we should not be doing. they are true ‘mericans and they support our troops and our unborn babies and virgin women.

  • donaldtucker

    keep using rush, and the big macs and you may meet st. peter this year.

  • IpiTombi

    From this article, I gather that the writer takes Limbaugh, the Christian Right, and the conservative movement seriously. Their arguments, rants, hypocrisy, self-righteousness, and contempt of others reminds me of my ex. A mature, civic-minded, and serious person must learn to ignore them for sanity’s sake.

  • free9604

    I wish all these ‘pundits’ and ‘commentators’ would stop talking about this chump. It’s just free pub for the fattest demagogue on radio. This porcine pill-popping hypocrite is a waste of kilowatts and all people of sane mind and good will toward their fellow citizens should reward this blow-hard bloviator with intense indifference.

  • JDeter

    In Germany they had their Fuhre. He was at that horrible time in German history their leader or guide. Today in America the Republican Party have their FUROR Limbaugh. And just as Hitler led the Reich into horror and calamity and eventual destruction so will FUROR Limbaugh the Republican Party.

  • scriobhaim

    I believe you have completely misunderstood the intention and import of Limbaugh’s joke. While, as a Christian, I must admit that I was naturally, viscerally jolted by the joke, I also understood what Limbaugh meant. You are taking a decidedly dishonest (and how “Christian” is that?) tack in your attack on him. First, you – just like Rahm Emanuel and others who have a clear interest in this – choose to distort (again, how honest is that?) Limbaugh’s statement on wanting Obama to “fail”. Limbaugh CLEARLY said (were you listening?) that “if” success for Obama meant the destruction of the capitalist basis of the American economy, then, yes, he wanted Obama to fail. Let me ask you: which part of that is hard for you to understand? Moreover, what’s so new, or evil, about that? Seems to me the very notion of “political opposition” ipso facto entails a desire for the political agenda of your opponents to fail. That’s all the man said. It’s deceptive and manipulative on your part (how moral is that?) to make it out as if Limbaugh was wishing general destruction and ruin on both Obama and the country he leads. But back to the joke: for people who have listened to Limbaugh (and I used to, though I now live overseas and haven’t heard him in some years, though I caught snippets of his CPAC speech on the Internet), the meaning of the joke was perfectly clear. It goes like this: “Since the Left in its genetic snide, snobby superiority is going to tell conservatives that they’re mindless drones and caricaturize Limbaugh as an arrogant boor, anyway, let’s give ‘em a joke that feeds right into their playbook and drives ‘em crazy.”

  • jeffreyclarke

    All of the conservatives seem to be saying “it was just a joke…”I guess I can see that. Honestly, though this is a man that rails every day about how Obama is “the messiah” and demands a sort of pseudo-religious and blashphemous form of loyalty. He does this with no evidence of anything of the sort. Joke or no, I think we can all agree that Limbaugh has an extremely high sense of his own self importance. I don’t think I would ever make a joke about how god must look up to me.Its hard for me to believe anybody takes this guy seriously. Obama’s people were very smart to put him front and center as the voice of the Republican party.On another note:To my fellow liberals:I don’t think that we should be making fun of Limbaugh’s weight or marital history. I think that is just sinking to the Republican’s level and joining them in the gutter.I’m all for mocking his egocentrism and his very extreme viewpoints, but why do we have to talk about his personal life?

  • skygrunt

    Is your mother proud of you? I know Rush Limbaugh’s Mom was very proud of him. Rush Limbaugh donates his time and millions of his hard earned dollars to many great causes. In 2007, Rush donated $4.2 mil to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation from auctioning off a letter Harry Reid signed along with 28 other Dem senators asking Clear Channel Communications to punish Rush. The high bidder paid $2.1 Mil for Reid’s smear letter and Rush matched the $2.1 million with all proceeds going to provide education resources for the children of our fallen military and law enforcement heroes. At the time, this was the largest charity auction ever held on Ebay. Rush has held annual radio thons raising over $15 Mil for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His combined personal donation for 2007-2008 totaled close to $1 Million. How much do you give???It is easy to tell the author has never listened to Rush Limbaugh, yet casts judgment. I John 4:20.…. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

  • besongfittsjoseph

    Pick up a copy of Newsweek, march 16,2009,pages 26 to 32 and read what Mr. David Frum a stunch CONSERVATIVE wrote about Rush Limbaugh, and what he means to the Republican party. In there also, Mr. Frum gave a vivid but succint decription, not comparison becuase there’s nothing to compare and contrast between President OBAMA and Mr. Limbuagh. The christian conservatives are hypocrites. Rush Limbaugh boost of two failed marriages, has no child, is drug dependent, call women derogatory names, commits fornication, a mortal sin, but the christian conservatives stiil love and respect him. What a joke.

  • tcdifla

    Maybe you ought to get a life Mr.Parham. It was a joke. I have not heard where Barry and Michelle are attending church on Sundays. Have they picked a church or is he playing hoops every Sunday morning?

  • Fjet2020

    Why? Because they are hypocrites (and haters), just like him. Rush and his supporters are “American Taliban,” narrow-minded people who hate everyone not like them, which happens to be the rest of the world… God could have a big surprise for Rush when he finds there is no place in heaven for arrogant hypocrites who think they are God.

  • billkistler

    Robert, you really are dense. The difference between Limbaugh’s joke and Lennon’s statement is that one is a JOKE and the other is a STATEMENT. I would try to explain to you some of your other fallacies but I am sure it would be a waste of time.

  • ASKENNEDY

    It should have been the bathroom then the extra large throne would have made sense.

  • springsjulie

    Hey, if the GOP wants to have Rush as their spokesman,then more power to them. Their popularity just plummeted yet again. The vast majority of Americans, I think, despise Limbaugh and see him for what he is–an egotistical, hate-filled blowhard who is only interested in making more money and gaining more notoriety for himself. He seems to be of the belief that “Any press is good press” and doesn’t care how he comes across. I guess the Christians see him as one of them even though he’s equating himself with their God. As you mention, anyone else who dares to do such a thing would be sent to hell very quickly by these same folks. Every time Limbaugh opens his big mouth, the GOP sinks lower into the pit they’ve dug for themselves. As a non-GOP’er, it makes me smile. If they continue to let this idiot do the talking for them, pretty soon the entire GOP is going to consist of the people who listen to his radio rants, and no one else. Polls are showing that moderate Repubs and independents already despise him and have moved away from the GOP. That’s good news for Dems and possibly a third party candidate, so nice work, Rush, thanks! You’re saving intelligent, thoughtful people a lot of work trying to convince those voters that the GOP has seriously lost its way and no longer represents anyone with any sense of community, decency, or common sense. As for the Christians fawning over Limbaugh–it seems he flies in the face of all of Christ’s teachings about loving your neighbor as yourself, helping friends in need, not judging others lest you be judged, etc. Perhaps those priniciples only apply to…well, apparently no one anymore. Shame on the right for pandering to such a loser as this pill-popping, woman-hating moron. However, there’s also a saying about reaping what you sow, so perhaps the right is getting exactly what it deserves. In other belief systems that’s called Karma.

  • totalkaosdave

    If you didn’t understand the joke and the context of it, don’t lie about it.

  • smith_michael

    Mr. Limbaugh attempt to pass him off as a Deity brings to mind the struggle between good and bad in heaven. Lucifer felt he was an equal to God this was his downfall and the reason for his banishment from heaven with his disciples. This speaks volumes of the people who accept Mr. Limbaugh’s mindless rantings. This is totally unacceptable and I wonder why not one minister in America has put him in his place or call for and end to the fodder on his syndicated show.

  • bevjims1

    jeffreyclarke wrote: “To my fellow liberals: I don’t think that we should be making fun of Limbaugh’s weight or marital history. I think that is just sinking to the Republican’s level and joining them in the gutter.”I agree on the weight part, but marital status I think is part of one’s moral character. I’m not so nieve that I consider every divorce a moral flaw. I’ve seen good reasons for divorce. But when you couple the marriage failures with other behavior, yes, its relevant.jeffreyclarke wrote: “I’m all for mocking his egocentrism and his very extreme viewpoints, but why do we have to talk about his personal life?”Because he talks about our personal lives, why the government should care about our sex lives and how our children should be taught the bible in public school. We just heard Michael Steele say that he is pro-life and against abortion and favors the overturning of Roe v. Wade, yet he says everyone should have a choice. The hypocrasy of these republicans is astounding. If Rush is going to support a party that wants government to control my personal life and how I should live it, then yes, his personal life is fair game.

  • Kathy5

    It just amazes me that supporters of Limbaugh can so clearly see that his was a joke and John Lennon really “meant” what he said. How is that so clear to them when it is not at all clear to me? What have I missed? Why do they know that and I don’t?Perhaps because they worship him as if he were God? Isn’t that going against all that God teaches – isn’t there only 1 God?I’m not a religious person, I lean toward the “spritual” side, but I haven’t always been like this so I know a bit about the Bible and there is NOTHING in the Bible that supports any of Limbaugh’s actions and words – NOTHING!

  • adipalm1

    Simple:Conservatives have prostituted themselves to various interest groups so why not kowtow to Limbaugh too ? They have given the “religious right” tremendous power over its policies to the point where they will not do anything unless its “approved” by the religious side.

  • dollyq

    Obviously, this moronic “journalist” does not understand satire, This is just a knee-jerk response to find anything (even if one has to conjure up some revelation from thin air) to bash Christians.

  • msiddiqu

    Why are we giving so much importance to Rush. He is a driggie, who preaches virtues then does drugs. On top of that when he comes back from drigies’ retreat, he did not have gutts to appologize to his audience.Let his moron listeners listen to him. They are happy with him, so be it. Otherwise just change the dial, as I did years ago.

  • msiddiqu

    Why are we giving so much importance to Rush. He is a druggie, who preaches virtues then does drugs. On top of that when he comes back from drugies’ retreat, he did not have gutts to appologize to his audience for his behavior.Let his moron listeners listen to him. They are happy with him, so be it. Otherwise just change the dial, as I did years ago.

  • coloradodog

    Limberger is the big fat, glutenous poster boy for the political agenda and the hypocrisy of the neochristian right.

  • fliberals

    As it has already been said – this was a joke – and very old one – this was used with Adm. King the head of the Navy During WWII – you on the left need to get a grip – you are the one’s that make deities out of your leaders – FDR, Kennedy, and now Obama – who according to you is greatest person on earth – now that is scary

  • cmarsh1

    On the eve of the American invasion of Iraq, Limbaugh argued daily that the welfare of Iraqi civilians should be of little concern to our nation as it makes plans for war. Worrying about innocent Iraqi life was a distraction we needed to get over. Rush ruled indeed: more influential than the Pope, more influential than the leaders of every denomination (except the Southern Baptist Convention) and the entire global Christian community, when it came to shaping opinion about Iraq. One might even wonder whether Mr. Limbaugh himself (in the late hours) is unsettled by the popularity of his anti-Christian life-boat ethics among listeners who call themselves followers of Jesus. On the other hand, this is a man who has ridiculed the Christian Peacemaker Teams and their global reconciliation work, dismissed them as people “practicing a bunch of irresponsible, idiotic theory”, and who once said of the arrest and torture of Christian Peacemakers in Iraq, “Folks, there’s a part of me that likes this.” We’re a long here from Billy Graham’s gentle invitation to the altar of forgiveness.

  • bevjims1

    fliberals wrote: “…you are the one’s that make deities out of your leaders – FDR, Kennedy, and now Obama – who according to you is greatest person on earth – now that is scary.”What’s really sad is that when you look back on former presidents it is hard to determine what republican presidents did that was positive. Eisenhower had the interstate highway system and the buildup of our triad deterent. Nixon had opening China and the war on cancer. All positive things they should be credited for. But then you get to Reagan. He did lift the spirits of Americans during tough economic times and brought patriotism back after the delusionment of watergate. But other than the tax cuts, which drove up the deficit and debt to record highs, he really has little to show. Then Bush I, who pushed Iraq out of Kuwait (after his ambassador gave Iraq no qualms about invading Kuwait). But what were the positive achievements of Reagan/Bush I? Then Bush II came along and we had disaster after disaster: 911, Iraq’s non-WMD threat, Katrina, Depression II, just to name a few, and all due to negligence and arrogance. FDR and Truman got us through an economic depression left by the Hoover administration and a world war. Kennedy also brought out our patriotism and made anything seem possible, including going to the moon. Kennedy stared down Kruschev and got Russia’s short range nukes out of this hemisphere. When I was a child I remember the fear, the duck and cover, the stockpiling of canned goods in the school basement. Russia’s missles were in Cuba and we had a few minutes warning time. Scary times Kennedy took care of. Johnson escalated the Vietnam war, something the republicans supported. For that he gave up a second term, but he did sign the civil rights act, a watershed in moving this nation toward full civil rights. Then Clinton came along and we saw prosperity abound and the management of the deficit. Good times were at hand.I don’t know anyone who considers Obama a messiah, except conservatives who use that label. But the man seems to care and is prepared to work hard toward positive achievements. I live in the flight path from the white house to camp david. Every friday afternoon helicopters were on their way to camp david. Every weekend except when Bush was on his month-long vavation in Texas. I have only seen those helicopters once since Obama became president. Its nice to have someone who works at the job. A messiah, no, but a working president is something that is refreshing after a president who thought everything he did was hard work.

  • fliberals

    In response to bevjims1One more thing – you took my comments out of context – something your side does alot

  • fliberals

    Response to bevjims1 :

  • sabrina2

    When you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything ..and this is very apparent from the laughter of the CPAC crowd when Limbaugh showed so much irreverance.. When you are a soldier for Christ irreverance is not tolerated.. When you are a soldier for Christ hatred and greed are not part of your psyche. When you are a soldier for Christ you understand sacrifice and sharing..These so-called Christians are playing a game with their souls by embracing a puffy..drug addict and in so doing they are holding a mirror for the world to see that they are truly phonies..

  • bevjims1

    fliberals wrote: “One more thing – you took my comments out of context – something your side does alot”You say your comments were taken out of context but did not explain how – something your side does a lot.

  • bevjims1

    fliberals wrote: “Kennedy almost got us into Nuclear War”Yup, but we knew at the time we would win it, overwhelming. So did the Soviets. The only real danger was Castro, who we now know wanted to fire the Cuban missles. The Soviets were smart and kept them under their control. fliberals wrote: “LBJ Great Society was a Great mess and FDR did not get us out of a depression the war did”But people had work, people were not starving. And FDR put together policies that galvanized the nation to face the twin economic and argicultural crises. Try reading “Grapes of Wrath”.fliberals wrote: “and don’t even get me started on Carter”Yea, he was pretty bad, I’ll give you that. But he did do one thing that was important, he held up the concept of human rights. That concept took hold, even in remote areas behind the iron curtain. It might not have caused the Soviet Union to collapse, but it probably helped. People around the world could understand human rights and America’s championing of them.fliberals wrote: “Kennedy did nothing except fool around on his wife- he is a myth with very little substance – he didn’t even write Profiles in Courage – other people did”While you’ve listed about all of his failings you cannot ignore getting the Soviets out of this hemisphere with its nukes nor the goal to go to the moon. He also forced integration of schools and stared down Wallace. He was a visionary.fliberals wrote: “you flower children of the sixties need to grow up – and start looking at history – the change that Obama is bringing is just recycled class warfare the left always uses.”I don’t see any class warfare. The taxes Obama is proposing were the same under Bush I. If anyone started a class war it is Madoff and others on Wall Street and arrogant actions of corporate executives. fliberals wrote: “I can admit the the Bushes leave much to be desired but at least I can be critical – the left can never admit their mistakes. And don’t forget that Vietnam was for the most part a DEMOCRATIC WAR – (a Kennedy Legacy)”Yes but also remember that McGovern ran for president in 1968 with a promise to end that war by a quick withdrawl. Nixon promised “peace with honor”. Nixon won and we finally withdrew 7 years later without honor. And don’t forget who the children of the ’60s were protesting against. It was Johnson and the democrats, unless you forgot what happened at the democratic national convention in ’68. The mood focused on the republicans after Nixon started his secret wars in Cambodia and Loas. Then watergate was the terrible icing on an already bad cake. History shows those children were correct in where they focused their disagreements. Too bad that most kids today are too focused on everything except their country. How college kids stayed quiet under Bush II is hard to understand.

  • JDeter

    skygrunt: You must be born again. Otherwise that verse only makes you a mormon. FUROR Limbaugh can give all of his wealth and have not love for God and man and it means nothing. (1 Cor. 13) FUROR Limbaugh is just a large piece of kindling for hell’s fire unless he too is born again.

  • CharlesWGray

    dollyq wrote : Well, Dolly. In case you have not noticed the name of this forum is “On Faith”, and the moronic “journalists”, are people of Faith, themselves. The difference between there faith and yours, is obvious…thier faith comes with common sense, where as yours is blind, and misguided. Hope that helps ;-)

  • pierrejc2

    Limbaugh personifies the three traits that define Conservatives:

  • EnemyOfTheState

    I don’t care for the likes of Limbaugh, but it was just a joke. No need to get bent about it. There are plenty of important matters to with which to concern ourselves.It is odd, though, how certain conservatives tend to avoid self-deprecation in their humor. Probably comes from the same gene that makes it difficult to admit error.

  • EnemyOfTheState

    Clarification to my last post:I said: “There are plenty of important matters to with which to concern ourselves.” That doesn’t make much sense.Here is what that is supposed to say: “There are plenty of important matters with which to concern ourselves.”Apparently, I need some writing skills remediation.

  • bevjims1

    EnemyOfTheState wrote: “Apparently, I need some writing skills remediation.”You admit your errors. You must not be a conservative.

  • JBL1

    As a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I loved reading this article! For the first time in my life I voted for a Democrat for President largely because I believe the Republican party has been hijacked by an intolerant, and increasingly irrelevent, base. While I still consider myself a conservative, I shutter to see what vitriol is articulted by conservatives while claiming to be “the” pious party.

  • JBL1

    As a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I loved reading this article! For the first time in my life I voted for a Democrat for President largely because I believe the Republican party has been hijacked by an intolerant, and increasingly irrelevent, base. While I still consider myself a conservative, I shutter to see what vitriol is articulted by conservatives while claiming to be “the” pious party.

  • marcedward1

    fliberals wrote ‘Kennedy almost got us into Nuclear War’And you think we should have backed off and have Russian missile in Cuba. You’re an idiot.’LBJ Great Society was a Great mess’You’re an idiot and you don’t know what you’re talking about. The lot of the elderly and the poor improved, it was money well spent.’and FDR did not get us out of a depression’When FDR took over unemployment was 25%, and 4 years later it was 10% – you’re an idiot.’the war did’So massive government spending did end the depression. Wow, do you now know when you’re beat!’don’t even get me started on Carter’Who was still a better President and man than Reagan ever would be. Reagan was such a coward he refused to serve in combat, prefering to make movies while real Americans fought and died pretecting the USA.

  • stadtbear

    fliberals wrote ‘Kennedy almost got us into Nuclear War’ and a lot of other mindless drivel.Good god man, you make Archie Bunker look like an intellectual.

  • stadtbear

    fliberals wrote ‘Kennedy almost got us into Nuclear War’ and a lot of other mindless drivel.Good god man, you make Archie Bunker look like an intellectual. I am more convinced than ever that mere citizenship should not be the overriding requirement for the right to vote.

  • stadtbear

    fliberals wrote ‘Kennedy almost got us into Nuclear War’ and a lot of other mindless drivel.Good god man, you make Archie Bunker look like an intellectual. I am more convinced than ever that mere citizenship should not be the overriding requirement for the right to vote.

  • stadtbear

    fliberals wrote ‘Kennedy almost got us into Nuclear War’ and a lot of other mindless drivel.Good god man, you make Archie Bunker look like an intellectual. I am more convinced than ever that mere citizenship should not be the overriding requirement for the right to vote.

  • deweland

    Just one clarification: John Lennon, the “intellectual” Beatle, was commenting wistfully and ironically on the adulation-bordering-on-worship that the Beatles received. It’s probable that the Beatles were more popular with more individuals in the world than was Jesus at the time. But John – as he made clear in later interviews – never believed himself or his bandmates to be superior to Jesus or any other religious figure. (I’m not so sure about Mr. Limbaugh.) John admired people like Ghandi (not people like John Thain) and inspired his fans then and even still, by his own example, to become involved in peace, freedom and anti-poverty movements. At the same time, John and his mates never claimed to speak for anyone but themselves.You’d think that a (physically and intellectually) lazy, self-absorbed and self-aggrandized, greedy, overweight, thrice-married unrepentant convicted drug offender would be a non-starter as a conservative icon, but apparently there’s no accounting for taste.

  • meand2

    It’s all right to make jokes about God if you’re Rush Limbaugh. Really, the Bible thumpers know it’s just a joke, right? Besides, what are the chances an intolerant, hate-filled, bigoted bag of hot air will ever enter Heaven to see if Rush is there?

  • ivri5768

    Here is a question for the Right: What has it come to when your intellectual underwriter is a hate radio show host?

  • Paganplace

    “‘m no friend of Limbaugh, and agree about Christians’ seduction by him, but Limbaugh was saying an absurd joke, NOT a theological statement.”Actually, the commenter in this column was remarking on the fact that just cause you joke about it, doesn’t mean it isn’t true in some way. Fact is, Limbaugh *has* been speaking as though he was someone’s ‘God’ and that the rules he demands are for the ‘little people.’ It’s like when they tried to imitate Jon Stewart and then screamed it was ‘liberal bias’ when it didn’t work. Cause that’s all they can see. “I’m funny and insightful, dammit! Even when I’m just off! *whine.* PC oppression hurts our righteous feelings!”It’s about *not* getting it. That’s the point.

  • awotter

    “Talent on loan from God” pretty much sums up Limbaughs tongue in cheek view of himself.It was sort of amusing to watch the various left wing bigots heads explode in the comment section here, but then it gets old as they are the same comments repeated in every online comment section everyday, everywhere that deal in any way shape or form with religion.

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