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Is Rush Limbaugh Really a Christian? Part 1 of 3: Marriage


For many years Rush Limbaugh has implied that he is a conservative Christian in order to maintain the devotion of his adoring masses of right wing listeners.  Even before his career took off it is clear that Limbaugh knew support from the religious right was vital in conservative talk radio.  In  this rare television interview from 1988, Limbaugh says that the one of the few topics that is off limits when it comes to jokes is "the Lord" (at 8:30 mark).  In the 25 years since, Limbaugh has consistently portrayed himself as the talk radio defender of Christianity and what he has decided as Christian values, even going so far as to defend Ugandan terrorist/war criminal Joseph Kony because he believed that a group calling itself the "Lord's Resistance Army" must certainly be Christian.  But is Limbaugh really qualified to lead as head of the Christian right’s radio bureau?  In a word, NO!!

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Before going any further, I need to acknowledge the difficulty in defining what makes a person a Christian.  Some feel that simply identifying oneself as a Christian makes it so.  But I think many would agree that someone can only justify calling themselves Christian if they attempt to conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with Christian teachings.

Rush Limbaugh does not.

How is Rush Limbaugh Not a Christian?  Let me count the ways....

1)  Marriage history (after the jump)

Rush Limbaugh loves traditional marriage so much that he has done it four times at last count.  He most recently married Katherine Rogers, 25 years his junior, in 2010. What is the evangelical Christian view of Limbaugh’s multiple divorces?  Here’s what the Bible has to say about the topic:

Matthew 19:6 What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.

Evangelist James Dobson’s non-profit organization Focus on the Family states  that marriage is intended to be a permanent arrangement as well:

God, the Creator of humanity and of marriage itself, has laid out His plan for marriage as a lifelong union. God knows this design is the best. When we stray from His plan…the results are damaging on many levels.

The Bible gives a couple of scenarios under which divorce is justified for Christians.  One is if the spouse has been unfaithful, and another is when the spouse leaves.  In Limbaugh’s case, the cause of the divorces is not clear, although media reports indicate that each of his first three wives left him and not vice versa.  At least one of Limbaugh's wives is reported to have lived in a separate house on his property while they were married.  Why would all these women leave such a rich, intelligent, charming man?  

One theory is that Limbaugh is homosexual and that his marriages have just been for show.  Limbaugh has no children, despite his assertion that the “institution of marriage is about raising children,” and his first wife Roxie Maxine McNeely filed for divorce "on grounds of incompatibility."

Reports have consistently circulated that Limbaugh, while working for KQV in Pittsburgh in the 70s under the name Jeff Christie, was arrested for solicitation in an area of the city known for gay pickups and was fired from his radio job the same week.  I was unable to locate a booking photo or arrest record online.

As if his own miserable marriage history weren’t enough evidence of his disregard for Biblical principles, Limbaugh also spoke up in defense of fellow serial divorcer Newt Gingrich after Gingrich asked his wife for permission to sleep with other women:

"So Newt wanted an open marriage.  BFD.  At least he asked his wife for permission instead of cheating on her.  That's a mark of character, in my book."

Limbaugh’s personal history of marriage and his disdain for marital fidelity in general are not consistent with Christian values.  Along with his lack of regard for the poor, this track record makes him unqualified to represent evangelical Christians.

Is Rush Limbaugh Really a Christian? Part 2 of 3: Drugs



How is Rush Limbaugh Not a Christian?  Let me count the ways....

2)  Drugs (after the jump)

Another piece of evidence that Rush Limbaugh does not live his life according to the Christian code are his brushes with the law for drug use.  Here’s what the Bible has to say on the topic:

1 Corinthians 6: 19-20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

America’s foremost evangelist James Dobson’s Focus on the Family  identifies some symptoms to help parents identify drug abuse in their children.  Many of them sound eerily familiar to those who have followed Limbaugh’s career:

*Complete loss of control of adolescent's behavior, escalation of conflict, possibly to the point of violence.

*Ongoing denial by user that drugs are a problem.

*Increasing problems with the law and time spent with police, attorneys, hearings, court officials, etc.

Rumors of Limbaugh's drug problem had swirled for years, increasing after his mysterious hearing loss—one side effect of prescription opiate abuse --from 2001-2002.  

When he could no longer keep the news a secret, Limbaugh gave  this statement on his radio show:

I am addicted to prescription pain medication. I first started taking prescription painkillers five, six years ago, when my doctor described them to treat post-surgical pain following spinal surgery…I chose to treat the pain with prescribed medication. And this medication turned out to be highly addictive. Over the past several years, I've tried to break my dependence on pain pills. And, in fact, I've twice checked myself into medical facilities in an attempt to do so…Immediately following this broadcast, I will check myself into a treatment center for the next 30 days to once and for all break the hold that this highly addictive medication has on me.

But Limbaugh wasn’t arrested for drug addiction, he was arrested for illegally visiting multiple doctors in order to fraudently obtain prescriptions to feed his habit.  His housekeeper was more forthcoming than Limbaugh  about the details:

Limbaugh's former housekeeper claims she helped him buy thousands of dollars of prescription pain killers over a four-year period, including the highly-addictive Oxycontin, a potent painkiller known as "hillbilly heroin" because of its black-market popularity in some rural areas.

By his former housekeeper's account, Limbaugh took up to 30 Oxycontin pills a day.

Following a lengthy investigation, Limbaugh was arrested in April, 2006 for illegally obtaining massive quantities of painkillers.  

Just two months after his arrest, Limbaugh was detained for another drug offense upon returning from a vacation in Domincan Republic.  This time Limbaugh had a bottle of Viagra which was not prescribed to him.  No charges were filed, and Limbaugh later joked about the incident  on his radio show:

"I had a great time in the Dominican Republic. Wish I could tell you about it."

Limbaugh was between marriages 3 and 4 at the time of his detention with the erectile dysfunction medication in his possession after what must have been an exhausting vacation.  Incidentally, impotence is a common side effect of opiate abuse.

Limbaugh avoided jail time and any real consequences—apart from public embarrassment--for his decidedly non-Christian drug follies.  This failure to be held accountable for breaking the law is something that Limbaugh’s fellow conservative Rush Limbaugh spoke out about on his mercifully brief television show in 1995 in an epic demonstration of hypocritical foresight:

"Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. ... And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up."

Limbaugh’s history of drug abuse and arrests, along with his multiple marriages which I have documented earlier, make him a very poor poster boy for the religious right.

Is Rush Limbaugh Really a Christian? Part 3 of 3: Women


How is Rush Limbaugh Not a Christian?  Let me count the ways....

3)  Attitude toward women (after the jump)

I wasn’t able to find many Bible verses which specifically talked about the need to respect women.  But I do think the following verse speaks to how Limbaugh and any other who labels him or herself a Christian should treat others:

Proverbs 11:17  A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.


Limbaugh’s treatment of women over the years has been anything but kind.  One frequent target of Limbaugh’s attacks has been feminists, referred to derisively on his program as “Feminazis.”  

Limbaugh did offer his tongue-in-cheek support for this movement, saying he especially likes the women’s movement “when walking behind it.”  Limbaugh ignores the importance of a struggle for equality and turns women who simply want to be treated fairly into cruel caricatures:

"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society."  

Last year, Limbaugh leveled the bizarre charge that feminism was causing men’s penises to shrink.  It’s possible the Viagra he was detained with while battling a boner-killing opiate addiction has lost its effectiveness.

Limbaugh and fourth wife Kathryn Rogers

Sandra Fluke Attacks

In late February and early March 2012 Rush Limbaugh launched a 3 day attack on Georgetown student Sandra Fluke after Fluke testified before a congressional committee about her health care rights.  Limbaugh responded with a 3 day slut-shaming rampage that was vicious even by his standards:

What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.

The strength that Sandra Fluke had to go before Congress is amazing. She's having so much sex it's amazing she can still walk, but she made it up there.

As if the slut-shaming weren’t enough, Limbaugh upped the ante with a request for pornography:

So, Ms. Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here's the deal:  If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. And I'll tell you what it is. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch...



Limbaugh’s assault on Fluke ignited the StopRush movement, a movement which is still costing Limbaugh sponsors every day after almost a year.

Abortion with a Gun

Just this month Limbaugh appeared to call for violence against women who exercise their legal right to choose when he suggested that abortions should be performed with a firearm:

"You know how to stop abortion? Require that each one occur with a gun."

Limbaugh offered no apology or explanation for the comment.

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Rush Limbaugh’s history of mocking and deriding women, requesting they send him pornography of themselves, and calling for them to be shot all conflict with the basic moral tenets of Christianity.  When considered along with his treatment of the poor, his marriage history, and his recreational drug use, all signs point to Rush Limbaugh being an exceedingly bad spokesman for the Christian right.


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