I am never one to get into discussions about political things online, but…
After Rush Limbaugh, a prominent right wing talking head, recently passed away from lung cancer, many Christian conservatives were getting their feathers all ruffled over negative things being said about him. They feel the need to defend a man that had been profiting by spreading divisive hate for years. A man who, for thirty years as the most listened to person in radio, used his loud voice and strong words to chew up and spit out anyone who was different than him. For thirty years he spread hate, racist bigotry, misogyny, and cruelty.
Theses Christian conservatives in turn have taken to revising history to praise him as a blameless patriotic saint. A saint who in 2010 while criticizing the school lunch program, said that if hungry children have no food at home and can’t afford McDonalds, “There’s another place, if none of these options work, to find food. There’s always the neighborhood dumpster. Now you might find competition with homeless people there, but there are videos that have been produced to show you how to healthfully dine and how to dumpster dive, and survive until school kicks back up…” This type of comment is just the tip of the iceberg of the vitriol of hate he spewed for decades.
Just a few highlights of the cruelty of Rush Limbaugh include: ridiculing Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s cancer diagnosis and Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease. He mocked people who needed public assistance, hated Civil Rights activists and Native Americans. Took pleasure in the deaths of people who had AIDS. Made jokes about Eric Garner’s 2014 death via chokehold by an NYPD officer.
The 2020 winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by U.S. President Donald Trump, while on television in 1993 inferred that Chelsea Clinton was an ugly dog. While holding a picture of the 13-year-old, Rush Limbaugh said “Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is also a White House dog?”
I know that as a 12 or 13 year old girl, Chelsea being called a dog by a “respected” adult male on national television, whether as a “joke” or not, must have negatively stuck with her for years. He showed by picking on a child that no blow was too low for him and nothing was off limits.
Laughing at the expense of others should not be accepted as mainstream.
Let’s ask ourselves why do a lot of Christian conservatives like and defend him?
Is it because he is pointing them towards the two greatest commandments to Love God and Love others? Or maybe he is encouraging them to follow what is said in James 1:27 where the Bible describes true religion as caring for the widows and the orphans while not being corrupted by the world… Or might it actually be because he was getting away with, being paid for, and praised for saying out loud the rude, mean, racist, bigoted, misogynistic, and hateful things they are thinking and wanted to say themselves yet know they shouldn’t?
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27
Taking care of and generously loving those who can never repay you, those who you cannot profit from, those who have nothing to offer in return is what true Christ like love and godly religion is.
Finally… Just in case you were wondering…. This might come as a shock to some “conservative” people, but Christians, no matter how conservative you are, being racist is wrong! It’s a sin! You cannot follow the second greatest commandment to love your neighbor and say and post racist things! Saying, posting, even thinking rude mean racist things disguised as patriotism: Still Wrong! Don’t fool yourself that your “patriotic” hate is justified. Please stop!
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