Rush Limbaugh Defends Joseph Kony As a Christian

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Rush Limbaugh Defends Joseph Kony As a Christian
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Back in October 2011, Rush Limbaugh probably had no way of knowing that one of his talking point stories would end up blowing up as big as it did. This was well before he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute”. This story is completely unrelated and is just now coming home to roost.

On October 14, 2011 Limbaugh spent some time talking about a report by Jake Tapper at ABC news that President Obama had sent 100 troops to Uganda to help fight the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which is Joseph Kony’s troops. Limbaugh derided the decision, which people of any political stripe might agree with. But, he spent a considerable amount of time using the opportunity to paint President Obama as siding with Muslims against Christians. His argument was that the group was called the “Lord’s” Resistance Army, thus obviously making it “Christian”. Therefore, Obama was fighting against Christians.

Now, a few months later, the Kony 2012 movement is in full swing and people all over the world are becoming aware of what a madman Joseph Kony is, what kinds of abuses are carried out by his men, and the extent of the evil he perpetrates under the banner of the “Lord’s” Resistance Army.

An archive search at RushLimbaugh.com reveals only one search result for the term “joseph kony“. It is the transcript of Limbaugh’s October 14 remarks entitled “Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians“. Here is a relevant portion of those remarks, but you should go view the entire thing yourself, in context.

Now, up until today, most Americans have never heard of the combat Lord’s Resistance Army. And here we are at war with them. Have you ever heard of Lord’s Resistance Army, Dawn? How about you, Brian? Snerdley, have you? You never heard of Lord’s Resistance Army? Well, proves my contention, most Americans have never heard of it, and here we are at war with them. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. It means God. I was only kidding. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them. That’s what the lingo means, “to help regional forces remove from the battlefield,” meaning capture or kill.

So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda, and — (interruption) no, I’m not kidding. Jacob Tapper just reported it. Now, are we gonna help the Egyptians wipe out the Christians? Wouldn’t you say that we are? I mean the Coptic Christians are being wiped out, but it wasn’t just Obama that supported that. The conservative intelligentsia thought it was an outbreak of democracy. Now they’ve done a 180 on that, but they forgot that they supported it in the first place. Now they’re criticizing it.

Lord’s Resistance Army objectives. I have them here. “To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people.” Now, again Lord’s Resistance Army is who Obama sent troops to help nations wipe out. The objectives of the Lord’s Resistance Army, what they’re trying to accomplish with their military action in these countries is the following: “To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people; to fight for the immediate restoration of the competitive multiparty democracy in Uganda; to see an end to gross violation of human rights and dignity of Ugandans; to ensure the restoration of peace and security in Uganda, to ensure unity, sovereignty, and economic prosperity beneficial to all Ugandans, and to bring to an end the repressive policy of deliberate marginalization of groups of people who may not agree with the LRA ideology.” Those are the objectives of the group that we are fighting, or who are being fought and we are joining in the effort to remove them from the battlefield.

The government of Uganda claims that Lord’s Resistance Army only has 500 or a thousand soldiers in total. So what’s the threat? If that’s the maximum size of their army, what’s the threat? A thousand soldiers? Now, 1100 soldiers because we have sent a hundred. I’m not making this up. This is Jacob Tapper. ABC News had reported that Obama got a letter off to John Boehner a couple days ago announcing this. It’s just for a few months until the Lord’s Resistance Army is eradicated. That’s all. Just a few months. Not much of a threat.

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  • Jim

    “Rush Limbaugh Defends Joseph Kony As a Christian”

    If Limbaugh is continuing his screw-ups then why doesn’t he commit suicide!

  • david

    this guy is really crazy! this is a great example on how the republican base will completely distort the truth just to promote hate and fear!

  • jeff nelson

    Complete Idiot

  • Tom Heppenheimer

    Rush Limbaugh is a pig and I want him to die.
    T. A. Heppenheimer

  • Harv

    Rush is poppin’ the pills again.

  • Lena Anderson

    Hasn’t Limbaugh learned yet that you can’t trust everything you hear on the news. He should know. I guess what goes around comes around.

  • RFreeman

    Rush no more represents my feelings as a Republican (and more accurately a libertarian) than Jeremiah Wright represents the those in the left (I hope). I’d say he represents a part of the far right which does have some influence with the right in general which is troublesome. Rush is an entertainer, and like many of the “bubble heads” he talks about, he has many of his own “bubble head” moments. It’s the nature of talk radio and what appears to be somewhat of a narcissistic personality.

    Still, his point remain valid in some respects. The issue here is not one of “should a woman be able to get contraception”… While there may well be some on the far right that would answer that question with a “No”, most would not. I’m sure we can likewise find people on the far left that would support equally stupid and brainless acts.

    The question is… Should I be forced to pay my tax dollars so that the government can provide contraception to someone else. Additionally, the question is, should we be able to force a religions institution to provide contraception if it’s goes against their belief system.

    For me, both of these are easy questions to answer. The individual has no God given right to take my money so they will not get pregnant. Having sex is a personal responsibility and (most of the time) an act of CHOICE. Certainly, I do not think that the federal government has any constitutional mandate to provide this (or any other kind) healthcare and at best, such things belong to the states.

    With respect to the later…. forcing a religious organization to do something that is diabolically opposed to it’s stated religious beliefs, in as much as those beliefs do not a real and present danger to others (and I’m hard pressed to find harm in this case) is wrong. In my mind, such an act is clearly it’s not constitutional. I’m not a big religious person, but there is a bigger principle at play here.

    The question is – do we really believe in the principles that we find within the Deceleration of Independence or the Constitution? Do we believe in them enough to put our own petty and selfish needs behind our backs in the pursuit of a principled life based on the concept of freedom and individual rights? Are we prepared to live by the law – and are we prepared to write just law for us to live by?

    Or shall we slowly chip away at this country with law after law and regulation after regulation such that every human being finally manages to, on day, find that there is no other alternative but breaking the law — for be even the simplest of acts — we have crafted a world where we are all criminals and traitors.

    Think that is not possible? Look at the mounds of law we have even now and tell me that you know the law. Tell me that you don’t break some law on a regular basis with assurance. You can’t, for there is no way to truly know the law anymore.

    We live in a world where we are being slowly destroyed from within. Under the banner of freedom and justice we are all slowly finding ourselves being moved into another kind of slavery. What are you dependent on? Who is your master? Did you give yourself willingly to that master? Did you give yourself willingly to become a slave.

    In the old days, they had to chase the slaves down and capture. Now, they just sit back and watch us come to them.

    It’s a sad day in history.

    • read the facts

      It was never about taxpayer funding. Perhaps you got that impression from talk radio?

  • RFreeman

    You people who say you want to see Rush die, or that he’s a pig or an idiot… You are no better than Rush. You are just as shallow minded as you claim him to be. This is school yard behavior, not that of someone with common sense and a brain. Frankly, I find such things coming from the left all the time and to be honest, I find it to be one of the biggest turn-offs. To me, the right can’t get beyond some of it’s religious power plays and the left can’t get away from being emotional, childish and totally incapable of critical thinking.

    As much as the religious right sits vapored in their mind-clutic religions, wanting to force us down their path… you folks on the left are so brain dead and incapable of seeing your own short-comings that you resort to name calling because, frankly, that’s all you have, most of the time. Both sides I find totally without merit.

    At least the religious right can justify their positions based on their own brand of mythology (it will be curious to see, in 2,000 years, how the major religious movements will be characterized… will they be seen as we see the Greek Gods or the Egyptian religious practices today?). The left just seems to spout our whatever seems to emotionally placate their needs, without considering the overall implications of what they demand.

    The right seems like a bunch of old men in concrete boots, unable to listen or consider they may be wrong. Stuck in their ways and traditions.

    The left, bereft of tradition, or self-discipline, or life-experience, or responsibility seems to be a bunch of people who just think the world revolves around their needs, that seem to think that somehow they are owed something by virtue of the fact they were born. They want to craft natural rights and demand that they should be given the things they think they are owed. They are lazy and spoiled and don’t seem to thing about anyone but themselves. The notion of “Get a job” to me seems to apply here. Instead of spending your time in the park crying because you gave yourself into slavery by willingly taking student loans, get your behind into a business somewhere and pay your life off and regain your freedom.

    What happened to the notion of being responsible for your acts, for the things you do? I don’t owe any of you ANYTHING, period. It’s pure narcissistic selfishness to think I do and to come demand it from me.

    As for you people in the government who take advantage of the slavery these citizens are in for your own purposes – shame on you. Shame on you for building systems that maintain this state of slavery. Shame on you for telling those who will listen to you how down trodden they are and how much they are in need of a hand out. Shame on you for playing Robin Hood – Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor – and justifying such an act. Morality is not obtuse, it is black and white. Stealing, be it at gun-point or through the means of the tax code, to then give to others, is wrong.

    There are ways to craft a societal structure that could protect and lift up those in need. There is a way to keep them out of the bonds of slavery and give them a hand up and a way to be more productive. In the end, some will always be left behind (they always are) but we could be a better nation, still taking care of our poor, and demand not a dollar from our people in doing so. In the end, the hearts of the people are warmer than we give them credit for being – it’s only in the failure to accept this truth that we take from people rather than ask them to give.

    All I can say, is that we need to look differently at how we run this country and how we interact with this world. We need to develop firm, ideological principles that give us a base from which all other things spring. Our founding fathers, in the form of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights started this process. We have mis-understood the path that we should have taken, and have gone down a rabbit hole so deeply that it will take a great deal of effort to extract ourselves from it. Extract ourselves we must though or we will simply find – one day soon – that we are all in slavery to someone. Oh…. we will not have chains running from our necks to our wrists and ankles… the chains will be in the form of law which we can not hope to follow, in the form of debt, which we can not hope to pay, in the form of dependency – for the government will have gone “broke” and all that we had/all that we have will be worthless except for our memories. On that day, our servitude will be complete for there truly will be two classes, the halves and the have nots.

    Can you see that our own slavery will be our own doing? It will be the result of so many things…. the fact that you would rather watch TMZ than understand what your government is – or is not – doing? That you took on so much debt that you are not in the control of some debtor? That you took on so much student debt that you could not pay it, and then you could not get a job because you were behind on your student debt – and you will blame the government or the employer when the fault is your own.

    Oh…. our attention is drawn to the Limbaugh’s of the world only in a great effort to draw our attention away from the things that are really important. American – are we really doomed? Can you not see that it’s your own apathy and lack of focus and concern for the important things that will -long term- cause this country to become the biggest slave state in the world. One where it’s people freely gave themselves and their freedom, one where there still exists the ability to extract yourself from it, but they simply will not do so… for they think they live in comfort but in reality they live in the shadow of what their life could have been – If only they took the time and had the personal drive to care and make something of themselves.

    • DanielMD

      RFreeman writes:
      ” I don’t owe any of you ANYTHING, period. It’s pure narcissistic selfishness to think I do and to come demand it from me. ”

      Well, perhaps you live in a cave, and grow your own food using tools you make by hand. But as for me, I owe a lot of people a whole lot, and I do every day.

      I owe the taxpayers who paid for the public schools that gave me and my peers the education we needed to earn the substantial salaries that we make. I owe these publically educated engineers for the publicly funded roads and bridges that enable me and most of the 300million + other Americans to go to a local grocery store and buy fresh food of enormous type and variety. I owe the publicly financed inspectors of the USDA to provide a 99+% confidence level that that food is not contaminated. I owe a public banking system that allows me to be paid with electronic credits for green pieces of paper that I can exchange for just about anything in the world.

      To say that everyone who benefits from all the bounty, freedom, and security provided from living in this great land does not owe an extraordinary debt to the society that makes this life possible is not narcissitic selfishness, but a recognition of the interconnectedness that we all enjoy.

      • read the facts

        Well said.

    • Greenespace

      Mr Freeman- you argue eloquently, and I like that. I’m a moderate, but I also see both sides of an argument before I make a rush (pardon the pun) to judgement. In this case, the govt was not being asked- with taxpayer dollars- to pay for contraception. In question was whether or not private, church-related institutions should. And while I can certainly see someone not wanting to spend money on something that goes against their religious beliefs, I think the whole issue was taken out of context when taxpayers were brought into it. I honestly believe that Rush did this to outrage people into thinking about further tax waste, but in this case, it’s private institutions, private insurance and shouldn’t involve the American taxpayer.

      And I agree with you about the TMZ comment- we’re a nation of idiots. What I would like to see more of is people who would rather be informed that simply, affirmed. People need to watch a variety of news broadcasts or end up being the pawn of whatever ideology and agenda that the particular news organization has.

      And that, is scary.

  • SPaltrineri

    RFreeman, the simple fact is that our tax dollars pay for a lot of things we don’t like. That’s the price you pay for living in a society. It’s not “slavery” it’s life. I would love to pick and choose where my money goes, but it just doesn’t work that way.

    Also, there has not been a huge increase in laws and regulations under Obama. That’s just a right wing talking point.

  • Justin

    Something that has a title isn’t “entitled.” It’s “titled.” If you want to write, learn the language first.

    And how exactly is “the KONY 2012 movement in full swing”?? People are forwarding a video to each other on Facebook. Is that seriously what passes for a “movement” these days?

  • Justin

    I’m sorry, that last comment appears very snide and mean-spirited looking back on it. There’s no excuse for that and I apologize to the author. I’m sure you’re doing your best, I just get really annoyed with that “entitled” thing because I hear it all the time.

  • Jared

    what a dumbass

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