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Jan 11 2013

Limbaugh Repeats Nonsense on Marriage Equality and Pedophilia

Rush Limbaugh repeats one of the anti-gay right’s primary talking points on gay marriage, the idiotic claim that it will lead down a slippery slope to normalizing pedophilia, as if there was no difference between them and no possible distinction that will prevent such a thing from happening:

LIMBAUGH: There is a movement on to normalize pedophilia, and I guarantee you your reaction to that is probably much the same as your reaction when you first heard about gay marriage. What has happened to gay marriage? It’s become normal — and in fact, with certain people in certain demographics it’s the most important issue in terms of who they vote for. So don’t pooh-pooh. There’s a movement to normalize pedophilia. Don’t pooh-pooh it. The people behind it are serious, and you know the left as well as I do. They glom onto something and they don’t let go. [...]

What is their objective? They want us to all think that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation. You know who’s gonna fall right in line is college kids, just like they have on gay marriage, just like they do on all other revolutionary social issues. Their own definition of the cutting edge, civil rights, freedom, understanding, tolerance. So I’m just warning you here. You think it can’t happen. “Impossible! Don’t be nutso and wacko on us, Rush.”

He never says who “they” are when talking about “their” objective. Yes, there are a small number of people who think pedophilia should be normalized and made legal. They’re called NAMBLA. They have absolutely nothing to do with the fight for marriage equality and they have zero credibility with “the left.” The two issues simply have nothing to do with one another. One is a push for recognition of consensual adult same-sex relationships; the other is a push, by a vanishingly small group of people, for legalizing adult relationships, gay or straight, with children. But the law rightly recognizes that a child cannot consent to such a relationship. Allowing gay adults to get married does not, in any possible way, diminish that. This is simply an attempt to poison the well.

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  1. 1
    coragyps

    “Don’t be nutso and wacko on us, Rush!”

    “Too late!!” – Marty Feldman

  2. 2
    billdaniels

    If you are talking about the North American Marlon Brando Loo Alikes I think they’ve disbanded.
    The North American Man Boy Love Association is still what it always was. It’s 25 men who sit around and bemoan the fact that they will be jailed if the get caught. They have no influence on sane people.

  3. 3
    brianwestley

    There’s a Troma ultra-low budget movie called “Fat Guy Goes Nutso” which, unfortunately, is not a Rush Limbaugh documentary.

  4. 4
    kevinalexander

    There’s so much disgusting going on. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a group advocating sex with Rush Limbaugh.

  5. 5
    Modusoperandi

    This is simply an attempt to poison the well.”

    From Rush Limbaugh? The Rush Limbaugh? I’m stunned!

  6. 6
    Raging Bee

    Aren’t there some credible-sounding rumors that Rushbo went to Thailand or Malaysia, possibly for sex-tourism purposes?

  7. 7
    Raging Bee

    Oh, and remind me again what side us liberals tend to take on the issue of pedophile priests?

  8. 8
    Modusoperandi

    Raging Bee “Oh, and remind me again what side us liberals tend to take on the issue of pedophile priests?”
    That’s easy. The Muslims.

  9. 9
    Bronze Dog

    Last I heard, NAMBLA’s been defunct for years.

    The steps that make this homophobic rhetoric enraging:

    1. Rape is essentially defined as sex without obtaining informed consent.

    2. Minors are not considered competent to legally consent to sex. This lack of competence is a reasonable assumption to start with on matters involving children, who typically aren’t wise to such topics until they approach adulthood. This undermines any alleged consent because it’s uninformed, hence an adult pedophile having sex with a minor is considered rape. We have laws against this sort of thing for exactly this reason.

    3. Wingnuts are known to defend rape culture. When there is a rape story in the news, many will typically blame the victim, try to manufacture false implicit consent that overrides the victims’ explicit objections to excuse the rapist, and so forth.

    4. We support consenting same-sex marriages between informed adults because we believe informed consent is most important part of sexual ethics. There may be laws against this, but the reasoning behind them is quite absurd, unfair, and purposeless. This makes such bans unjust and unnecessary laws that serve only to confuse the real issues of sexual ethics.

    5. Somehow, through arcane means they consistently refuse to describe, wingnuts assert that using the principle of informed consent will somehow legitimize child rape despite it being a crime defined by its disregard for informed consent.

  10. 10
    frog

    kevinalexander: Rule 34 requires that there must be.

    Raging Bee: I’m pretty sure the wingnuts think it’s not pedophilia if the victim is female. Girls are born with Eve’s sin! How can a man resist?

    Bronze Dog: The evidence would suggest that when someone says “informed consent” to a wingnut, what the wingnut hears is “blah blah blah Ginger blah blah.”

  11. 11
    dugglebogey

    Wasn’t pedophelia pretty common 100 years ago, when the church was marrying 14-year old girls to full grown men?

    Seems like progress is moving us away from that Rush, not towards it.

  12. 12
    Raging Bee

    LIMBAUGH: There is a movement on to normalize pedophilia…

    Rushbo is taking on the Catholic and Muslim establishments at the same time? Damn, he’s braver than I thought! GO GET ‘EM, RUSH!!!

    Oh, wait…

  13. 13
    footface

    First you want to raise the marginal tax rate on people making more than $250,000 a year. What’s next? Making it legal to marry your dog?!

  14. 14
    Big Boppa

    Raging Bee @6

    It was the Dominican Republic. He got busted by US customs with a pile of Viagra in prescription bottles with someone else’s name on them.

    DR is well known as a sex tourism destination – including hookups with underage boys and girls. Not saying that Lush is into that kind of thing but considering the age difference between him and the latest bride he purchased there seems to be a bit of smoke coming from that particular gun…..

  15. 15
    fifthdentist

    Well Big Boppa, since no right-winger ever uses projection we can be sure that Rush only had prostitutes that were of age try to find the penis hidden in his layers of fat.

  16. 16
    skinnercitycyclist

    So don’t pooh-pooh. There’s a movement to normalize pedophilia. Don’t pooh-pooh it.

    Rush reiterates a valuable lesson for us all:

    General Melchett: Is this true, Blackadder? Did Captain Darling pooh-pooh you?
    Captain Blackadder: Well, perhaps a little.
    General Melchett: Well, then, damn it all! What more evidence do you need? The pooh-poohing alone is a court martial offense!
    Captain Blackadder: I can assure you, sir, that the pooh-poohing was purely circumstantial.
    General Melchett: Well, I hope so, Blackadder. You know, if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from being in the Army, it’s never ignore a pooh-pooh. I knew a Major, who got pooh-poohed, made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error! ‘Cos it turned out all along that the soldier who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other officers who pooh-poohed their pooh-poohs. In the end, we had to disband the regiment. Morale totally destroyed… by pooh-pooh!

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