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PALM BEACH, Fla. – Radio giant Rush Limbaugh says the ongoing national dispute over Chick-fil-A’s stance for biblically based marriage is nothing short of an attack on Christianity as a whole.

“Now Christianity has to be banned, and that’s where this is all headed,” Limbaugh said this afternoon on his top-rated program. “All this stuff at Chick-fil-A, the target is Christianity, not Chick-fil-A. The target is freedom of religion. [With] Obama and Obamacare, the target is always freedom. When we’re talking about liberals, the target is always freedom.”

Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, has come under heavy fire from homosexual activists since he said he supported the biblical definition that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Limbaugh came to his defense today, saying, “Dan Cathy, the head honcho of Chick-fil-A, he’s not making a political statement when he talks about the values the company believes in. It gets interpreted that way because the left has politicized gay marriage and so forth. And so they recognize it and think it’s a threat.”

“I just cherish freedom. I cherish liberty. It’s under assault,” Limbaugh continued, explaining that freedom “has to give as the government gets bigger. That’s not even arguable. What reason is there for government to get bigger if not to police things, including thought? Fix things, police things, administer things, regulate things, all of that is – you might not want to call it an assault – but it’s all aimed at freedom, pure and simple. And any activity that rewards freedom, any activity that freedom plays a profound role in, particularly something that is successful or good, is an enemy.”

Rush Limbaugh, World Net Daily 80 Comments [8/13/2012 3:45:44 AM]
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Leighton Buzzard

Tough shit, fatso. Your side is gonna lose whatever you say.

8/13/2012 4:27:21 AM

Filin De Blanc

"I want people to have the freedom to do what I tell them."

8/13/2012 4:29:29 AM

WWWWolf

Considering the rest of the civilised world didn't even know what the hell Chick-fil-A was (until we recently learned it's just some completely inconsequential American company run by bigots and morons), there may be a small problem with Limbaugh's argument.

8/13/2012 4:33:15 AM

Ivy Mike

I love the way that they make this all about "religious freedom" or "Liberty", when no one is seriously calling for either to be limited.

As well, exactly why should a belief or opinion, simply because its claimant says it is "religion-based", be exempt therefore from criticism?

If an idea is WRONG (as Mr. Cathy's is), then the inspiration for that idea is of no consequence.

Bad ideas, no matter the source, exist only to be destroyed and tossed on the ash-heap of history.

The religious have hid behind their pathetic God-skirts for far too long. It's time that it was pointed out that THEY ARE WRONG.

8/13/2012 4:33:34 AM

Voice of Humanity

@ Ivy Mike

That's the problem though. They plug their ears and put their head in the sand when its just anyone calling the out on it. Its not gonna have any effect for most of them unless someone dear to them tells them in no uncertain terms that they're wrong. A sibling, a spouse, any relative would do. Someone they love and respect that has a conscience. A Martel to their Mithos, if I were to take a play out of Anon-e-moose's book.

8/13/2012 4:40:03 AM

Passerby

So the Religious Right making a legal issue out of a religious stigma and trying to rewrite laws and definitions to be exclusionary is actually the Secular Left playing politics?

8/13/2012 4:46:05 AM

Doubting Thomas

the ongoing national dispute over Chick-fil-A’s stance for biblically based marriage is nothing short of an attack on Christianity as a whole.

Which is pretty much in line with what Fox News was saying. Too bad when liberals protest and boycott a Christian business it's an "attack," but when Christians protest businesses, they're just "standing up for what they believe."

“Now Christianity has to be banned, and that’s where this is all headed,”

If only.

8/13/2012 4:48:49 AM

Neith

Liar. Cathy didn't just state an opinion. He pours Chick-fil-A funds into anti-gay hate groups who are actively trying to keep gays from enjoying the same freedom to marry the person they love as heterosexuals have.

By refusing to give Chick-fil-A our business, we are advocating freedom, while assholes like you and Cathy are the ones trying to take it away.

8/13/2012 4:56:07 AM

farpadokly

What the fuck is he on about? What about the freedom to love and be with whoever you want, what about the freedom to not be discriminated against and refused goods and services?
How is chick-fil-a suddenly a paragon of freedom here? Making fast food and exploiting your workers with minimum wage is supposed to be a shining example to the rest of us? And I don't even care what he thinks about gay marriage, let him think it. But running a fast food restaurant has got fuck all to do with freedom, and everything to do with exploitation and pandering to people's weakness.

8/13/2012 4:59:27 AM

Mister Spak

the ongoing national dispute over Chick-fil-A’s stance for biblically based marriage is nothing short of an attack on America as a whole.


8/13/2012 5:13:01 AM

Churchy LaFemme

Since Mr. Cathy is so much in favor of biblical precepts in his business, I assume he makes sure the uniforms his staff wears are not made of blended fabric, as the bible forbids such. I also assume he pays his employees daily, since Leviticus forbids holding an employee's wages overnight.

Oops -- too inconvenient? Typical cherry-picking of God's Word.

8/13/2012 5:21:03 AM

John_in_Oz

This 'attack' you're complaining of. That would be the same thing as the 'liberty' you cherish, right?

8/13/2012 5:26:16 AM

Ebon

So people deciding to eat there based on their stated values is the free market in action but people deciding not to eat there based on those same values is an assault on religious freedom. Got it.

8/13/2012 5:39:57 AM

Unbeliever

I am actually rather surprised Rush is still around. I thought that lawsuit was the end of him... Oh well, I can only dream.

8/13/2012 5:42:54 AM

Nowonmai

There is no loss of religious freedom, nor loss of freedom of speech. You and that asshat running the artery clogging Chick-fil-a want full freedom of speech and religion, but seem to think that it means no one else can voice their opinions, and have to be forced to follow you brain sick religion.

8/13/2012 5:46:00 AM

nkd

Apparently it is only freedom if we can enforce freedom against certain groups (see: gays, Muslims, women).

8/13/2012 5:53:49 AM

D Laurier

Why does christianity have to be banned?
It isn't christianity that drives the hate and insanity, it's christian FUNDMENTALISM.

8/13/2012 5:59:04 AM

Stonespiral

It's not that Chick-fil-a has centered its business plan around a Christian ideal that has gotten them into so much hot water. Cathy makes an ass of himself every couple of years by saying stuff like that. It's that along with this years blathering it was revealed just how many hate groups and anti-civil rights groups he was giving so much money to.

I never had a problem with Chick-fil-a being a Christian company. At least until the other day when I met a fellow Pagan who works there. They asked her for her religious affiliation when she applied some years ago(illegal). She told them she was Catholic because that's what she used to be. She said if they found out she wasn't, she would be fired in an instant.

All of these things are eventually going to end Chick-fil-a. Either because the public opinion shifts far into accepting gay rights and their profits die, or their dubious corporate culture proves to be hiring and firing based on the protected religious status of individuals.

And it's all Cathy's fault for being a big mouthed bigot.

8/13/2012 6:28:05 AM

Canadiest

Make no mistake, the words of Limbaugh and the upper Republican leaders and their base couldn't be more hypocritical.
“I just cherish freedom. I cherish liberty."
Complete bullsit, within minutes of saying things like this they're calling for restrictions on other religions, the Atheists, other races or liberal ideas that have shaped the country for the better.

Hey fat-boy, people making their opinions heard is liberty and freedom, you spout off shit everyday that the majority thinks is wrong and even insane.

This fits in with a regular stunt that's gained great traction and has become obvious since Palins appearance. They can say what they want but deny any the right to rebuttle, wrapped in religious idealogy they believe they can continually lie and avoid answering for it. Right-wing elitism at it's worse.

8/13/2012 6:28:09 AM

Street Sharks

"Now Christianity has to be banned..."

Rush Limbaugh finally says something sensible :)

8/13/2012 6:37:51 AM

Horsefeathers

"Radio giant Rush Limbaugh says the ongoing national dispute over Chick-fil-A’s stance for biblically based marriage is nothing short of an attack on Christianity as a whole."

Since when has Limbaugh been sober enough for his opinion to matter?

"'Now Christianity has to be banned, and that’s where this is all headed,' Limbaugh said this afternoon on his top-rated program. 'All this stuff at Chick-fil-A, the target is Christianity, not Chick-fil-A. The target is freedom of religion. [With] Obama and Obamacare, the target is always freedom. When we’re talking about liberals, the target is always freedom.'"

Still trying to whip people into some sort of frenzy over an entirely unrelated topic, I see.

"Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, has come under heavy fire from homosexual activists since he said he supported the biblical definition that marriage is between one man and one woman."

Which just shows that he's never read his Bible, else he'd know that the Biblical definition of marriage is nothing of the kind.

"Limbaugh came to his defense today, saying, 'Dan Cathy, the head honcho of Chick-fil-A, he’s not making a political statement when he talks about the values the company believes in. It gets interpreted that way because the left has politicized gay marriage and so forth. And so they recognize it and think it’s a threat.'"

I'm sorry, the left has politicized marriage? You must be joking. Gay marriage and abortion are the only two subjects Republican politicians can manage to sputter out sentence fragments about when it comes election time, or anytime they need a diversion from something they've fucked up or just actual issues that would require them to do their job.

8/13/2012 6:39:53 AM

emau99

“[With] Obama and Obamacare, the target is always freedom. When we’re talking about liberals, the target is always freedom.”

Obama and the liberals want to give gays equality under the law in order to deny you YOUR freedom?

Rush, are you back on your pills again?

“I just cherish freedom. I cherish liberty.

You cherish your own freedom and liberty, maybe, but it's readily apparent that you don't give a damn about anybody else's.

All the more reason to dismiss your opinions, Rush.

8/13/2012 6:54:02 AM

dionysus

The target is a company that donates to Christian hate groups. I didn't have a problem with Chick-fil-a being Christian, I didn't even have a problem with the CEO saying he was against gay marriage. I had a problem when I found out they donated to hate groups though.

8/13/2012 6:58:43 AM

Swede

Yeah, because Liberalism and freedom have absolutely nothing in common...



Dan Cathy has every right to say that HE thinks marriage is between one man and one woman. He has every right to only get married to a woman. More progressive and open-minded people, however, have every right to say that we think he's reactionary and bigoted. It's a good thing that Chick-fill-ah, or whatever the name is, doesn't exist in Europe, for it's own sake, that is. It wouldn't last long over here. Oh, perhaps in Ukraine, some parts of Poland and maybe in Russia.

Ellen DeGeneres probably cherish freedom and liberty too. Her liberty and freedom have always been under attack (literally), it's just now easing up a little bit, but then idiots like Cathy and Rush come along and want to go right back to attack mode.
Rushie, dearie, you have every right to THINK like that, but you can't force others to follow your thoughts. That's hardly freedom, that's more like brainwashing.

Allowing everyone to marry their consenting adult loved one, that IS successful, it IS good, and it's definitely rewarding freedom. You're just too bigoted, too reactionary, too closed-minded to realize this, stupid.

8/13/2012 7:09:19 AM

Sporkman!

"I'm being oppressed! I'm being oppressed!"

Yeah, riiiiight. You're just a raging nutter.

Unfortunately, I LIKE Chick-fil-A; they make some good chicken for a fast-food joint. Don't agree with the CEO's views, though.

8/13/2012 7:35:14 AM
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