It’s been a while since I’ve written anything about Rush Limbaugh. Not because he hasn’t said anything offensive, but because he’s reached a point of absurdity where it’s tough to take anything he says seriously. He’s one of the few well-known Republicans who can actually make Donald Trump seem tame and moderate by comparison.
But then I read comments he recently made concerning civil rights, the transgender bathroom controversy – and rape.
Yes, this bottom-feeding jackass actually managed to bring rape into the conversation after he said that based on the left’s push for civil rights for all Americans, that we could legalize rape under the guise of civil rights.
“No, that’s actually a good point,” Limbaugh said responding to a caller. “Civil rights — you could legalize rape if you called it the Civil Rights Act of 2016.”
“If you call it a civil right, then you automatically make it impossible for people to oppose it,” he added.
But he wasn’t done. He then went on some babbling, incoherent rant about civil rights that made absolutely no sense:
So they always attach people, the reading public, the news consuming public, has been conditioned to attach the words “civil rights” to race. Now it’s being expanded. Civil rights, gay marriage; civil rights, transgender bathroom rights; civil rights, whatever the left wants. Except over here, rape has become a safety issue. But over here this stuff is a civil rights if, when you hear the left equate anything with civil rights, what you should learn is this is how they are attempting to corrupt the culture. And they’re doing it under the banner of civil rights, which is supposed to shut you up. It is supposed to silence opposition, because nobody with a brain is ever supposed to violate civil rights.
Like I said, that makes absolutely no sense.
First, here’s the actual definition of civil rights:
The nonpolitical rights of a citizen; especially: the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to United States citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution and by acts of Congress.
Just because the most prominent civil rights battle we’ve had in this country circulated around racial issues does not mean that civil rights only pertain to racism. Civil rights relate to all the rights given to all Americans as guaranteed by the Constitution. It just so happens that, historically, in this country bigoted white conservatives (especially in the South) have constantly represented the largest opposition to granting certain groups of people their due rights.
The truth is, LGBT rights should have never been oppressed in the first place. This “battle” is only taking place because there are those (just like there’s been throughout our history) who cling to the past, hold on to their bigotry and refuse to evolve.
Once upon a time people cited religion to justify slavery, segregation and bans on interracial marriage. Now they’re using religion to justify discrimination and unfair treatment toward members of the LGBT community.
Though only in the warped mind of a conservative can the people fighting to give people true equality be considered the “oppressors” vs. the people who are trying to deny certain people their Constitutional rights.
And while I would like to say that I’m “shocked” that Limbaugh would try to use the horrific act of rape to justify the ignorance of people like him, I’m not. This is the sort of ignorance I see all the time from those standing in the way of true equality for all Americans. It’s a sick and twisted way of thinking where they somehow justify their abhorrent ignorance by using completely outlandish and absurd examples to excuse it.
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