Congratulations to the FOURTH Mrs. Rush Limbaugh!

Yes, readers – though I suspect many of you probably follow Rush Limbaugh’s doings (not to mention his words) about as closely as a toddler follows the minutes of the UK Astrophysics Society – yesterday was the day that talk-radio hatemonger Rush Limbaugh entered into his fourth “traditional marriage.” You know, the kind he and other wingers always refer to as having all that “sanctity” (as opposed to all those ooky gay ones which lack it)?

Let us take a moment, on this happy day, to remember that, while the New Testament has exactly zero instances of Jesus explicitly condemning homosexual marriage or in fact homosexuality, period, it does have a few other things to say on related topics (h/t Glenn Greenwald)

So, just to recap, according to Rush:
= bad, but

= just Pee-Chee.

Despite the comments of that Jesus guy. Got it.

3 thoughts on “Congratulations to the FOURTH Mrs. Rush Limbaugh!

  1. Interesting. Though I’m definitely not a Rush follower. Just a comment on what you said, ‘New Testament has exactly zero instances of Jesus explicitly condemning homosexual marriage or in fact homosexuality, period.’ The New Testament does make a statement concerning homosexuality…as does the Old Testament. Check it out.

    Ro 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

    Ro 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

    Ro 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

    Ro 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

    Ro 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

    Ro 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    A very alarming record in Genesis the 19th chapter…tells of the destruction of Sodom and Gamorrah when the two angels sent from God to deliver Lot and his family….had to supernaturally smite with blindness the roving band of gay men who were attempting to break down the door to Lot’s house in order to rape the two angels. Lot even offered his two virgin daughters. But they insisted on ‘knowing’ the two angels. These men were destroyed along with the rest of the wicked of Sodom when God rained down fire and brimstone.

    Sin is eternally serious business….whether it’s homosexuality or self-righteousness…both are equally destructive.

    I don’t mean to offend. Just offering clarification concerning biblical references to homosexuality. I’m not throwing stones. I have a full time job dealing with my own sin.

    And, concerning Rush ….he seemingly is a very conflicted fellow…and is not the earthly spokesperson for our ‘loving’ heavenly Father.

    Best wishes,

    Carolyn

  2. I didn’t say the Bible never mentioned homosexuality, I said that there is no record in the gospels, anywhere, of Jesus having condemned it.

    Contrariwise, there are repeated, explicit examples of Jesus being very, very consistent with regard to the concept of divorce. He even contradicts past doctrine, when someone points out that Moses used to allow Jews to divorce. This isn’t one verse where you sort of have to interpret it in a certain light to get the reference; it’s quite explicit that Jesus, on multiple occasions, stated in no uncertain terms that divorce was not permissible except in cases of adultery.

    I obviously don’t know Rush Limbaugh’s marital history; I suppose it’s possible that each of the three wives he had before the current one cheated on him with another man, while Rush remained faithful, and that he only asked for divorce when the adultery was revealed. But I tend to doubt it. Just the law of averages says that’s somewhat unlikely. The larger point was that four marriages is considerably outside the number most people ever get to in their lives (Liz Taylor-types being the outliers, not the norm), and that it is considerably hypocritical of a man like Limbaugh – who has become very wealthy indeed peddling his ideas and brand of “entertainment” on the radio for decades now – to inveigh against gay marriage on Biblical grounds, when there’s considerable evidence to suggest that Jesus was more opposed to the idea of heterosexual divorce than he was to homosexuality.

    It’s not normally my business to judge the morality of others publicly, either. But I tend to make exceptions in cases where I see those who would (and DO) try to publicly and repeatedly judge the morality of others acting in hypocritical ways, ways which always allow or excuse their own behavior, while conveniently allowing them to continue casting aspersions on the behavior or lives or morality of those they condemn. Limbaugh is a prime – though far from the only – example.

    The final card such people often play is the “Jesus-as-perpetual-get-out-of-jail-free” card. That is, when they’re caught flat-footed in their hypocritical behavior (Ted Haggard comes to mind, here, as does Jimmy Swaggart), they make a showy and tearful “confession,” at the end of which they point out optimistically that their loving God has forgiven them…so why shouldn’t YOU, their flock, their family, their community? When caught with their hands (or other body parts, LOL) in the cookie jar, these men (and occasionally women) will say that they’re NOT being hypocritical, since they still believe all that stuff about sinners being bad, etc….but that they never CLAIMED to be perfect, and that this incident, whatever it was, proves that they are merely fallible sinners themselves.

    Convenient, and it allows them to go right on preaching the gospel of exclusion and division….but it’s not convincing. Or, rather, to the degree that it IS convincing, it’s sort of what the people who didn’t judge those behaviors (adultery, drug abuse, etc.) in the first place ALREADY understood: that we’re all fallible and should be cut a little slack. But that means the slack should be cut UP FRONT, by not demonizing anyone who engages in those behaviors, not by blasting them repeatedly, then crying “Jesus forgives me!” when they themselves get caught doing the same things.

    Limbaugh repeatedly spoke, years ago, of lazy drug abusers. He called Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead “just another dead doper.” Funny how that all changed when Limbaugh was forced to admit his own indiscretions with various prescription medications. The point is: many of these self-righteous pastors and media figures want it both ways: they want to be able to issue moral fatwas against people they find somehow morally inferior to them…but they want to reserve the right to being forgiven if and when THEY stray. It’s that core hypocrisy which causes me to write about it.

  3. God, Word, and Jesus are the same being. Jesus existed with God from the beginning. The entire body of scripture is the Word of God, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God

    Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

    Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

    And you are correct about adultery and its prevalence in the Church. I suspect there is nothing more displeasing to God than a hypocrit. And Rush Limbaugh is a sad, sad icon to be before the public speaking on behalf of Christian ethics. I never listen to him. I find him rather intolerable…insincere….full of showmanship. I’m a Democrat and, as you know, Rush places the Democrat on the Vile list :smile:.

    Thanks for your response.

    Carolyn

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