Satire Has Become Reality: Rush Limbaugh Attacks Pope Francis for Acting Like a Christian

limbaughA few days ago, I wrote a satirical article  based on Pope Francis’ comments in a document that was published where he basically called out the entire Republican economic ideology as being a scam.  He actually wrote that the facts don’t back up the theory and addressed it by “trickle-down” economics specifically.

Now, I wasn’t mocking the Pope in my article.  I was mocking Republicans by “predicting” what I thought some of them might say in response to what Pope Francis wrote.

However, it seems satire can’t match the stupidity of real conservative quotes, as Rush Limbaugh has now accused Pope Francis of being a Marxist.

Limbaugh said:

“This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.”

Yes, but of course it is.  Because, you know, the Pope has a “liberal agenda” too, right?  This is how insane conservatives are becoming.  They’re sinking quickly into a delusional world of paranoia and hate.

But towards the Pope?  Well, at least Limbaugh didn’t claim the documents released by the Pope were part of some form of conspiracy or something — oh, wait:

 “Somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him.”

I’m honestly shocked he didn’t blame the Pope’s comments on President Obama.  Though I do find it hilarious that the same day I wrote my satirical piece, Limbaugh made these comments.

I’ll admit, my mocking of what Limbaugh might say didn’t include any mention of Marxism — but the tone of Limbaugh’s comments in my satirical article closely mirrors his actual comments.  Here’s what I predicted Limbaugh might say:

“Look, I know Pope Francis thinks he knows something about religion, but he obviously doesn’t.  God and religion are tools meant to stir up fear, hate, anger and paranoia within people so they’re easier to manipulate.  And I’ll tell you what, this hopeful demeanor this new Pope has seems very similar to that of President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.  And we all know President Obama is the anti-christ.  The last thing Americans need is hope.  Pope Francis might need to take a few classes in American Christianity before he offers any more insight because the stuff he’s talking about, the Koch brothers just won’t like.”

That’s how sad many conservatives have become.  I’ve written many real stories where I’ve had to put disclaimers about the content not being satire because what I was writing about was so completely ridiculous.  Then when I’ve written the occasional satirical story, the majority of the people who read it claim that until I told them it was satire, it was completely believable.

One thing I did point out in my satirical piece was how the Pope’s comments would soon set off a fire storm within the Republican party, and I couldn’t wait to see how conservatives would react to the Pope essentially bashing their entire economic platform.

And if Rush Limbaugh’s ridiculous comments are any indication of what we’ll soon hear from other conservatives, it’s going to get very interesting.

Will Republicans — and the conservative media — dare to take on the Pope?  Will others echo Limbaugh’s comments calling the Pope a “Marxist” or insinuating that somebody must have “gotten to him”?

I guess we’re about to find out.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • bamcintyre

    Sarah the witch already has..

  • peter

    You have to give Rush a break. After all he is a recovering drug addict.

    • Skip Patterson

      Or so he says.

      • I’d bet a check of his medicine cabinet would reveal an unusually large amount of oxycodone.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        covered in chocolate

      • doughnuts64

        And boys from the Dominican Republic.

    • hermanprovi

      Wait a minute, he does not need a break, he is still dealing with two alimonies~

    • regressive rightwing trash

      recovering? perhaps he simply changed “tastes”


    Keep up the good work Allen.

  • Guest

    Limbaugh is just a larger version of the a town idiot… He’s our country’s idiot.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      don’t be disrespecting Hannity and Huckabee and michelle “no tits and hating her life” malkin and glen beck—- they have equal share in being Americas idiocy

      • Isidis St Claire

        Just curious: where did the “no tits hating my life” come from? I detest Malkin: did she say this herself?

      • regressive rightwing trash

        that’s my moniker 4 her—- shes totototally pissed off at life: even anne coulter has more grace socially than malkin. I work in the adult ( south FLA) strip club industry since 1989,,,I DO know all about chicks with either NO TITS or BOOOOOB–JOBS: trust me: malkin is hating life every day she showers and sees those barely “A’s” in the mirror. U KNOW her hubby is cruising strip clubs and watching buxom internet porn as his “wife” is built like a typical Filipino locust

      • Pat

        Hmmmmm, kind of like guys and the whole small penis thing!?

      • regressive rightwing trash

        Ive HEARD of that………………. luckily I pronounce myself as John C Holmes “little” brother

  • hermanprovi

    Ah republicans, Rep. King of NY has stated that mexicans are carrying 75pounds of mary-j across the Mexican desert and there by producing “melon like thighs”! {true, he did say it]. I would love to see what a bale of 75pounds looks like, and what distance these human mules traveled! Mr. King has NEVER produced ANY evidence of such an occurrence! No border patrol officer has ever come to his defense. In other words the man lied, just to stir up hate! If there is no truth, there is deception. The people of NY are not stupid, so I hope that when election come around, they send this liar packing. Of course Mr. King can, If he has the evidence, he can produce it! By the by, he is also a ‘birthed advocate’.

    • Steve Riner

      That was Rep. Steve King of Iowa, not Peter King of NY. The latter King, while Republican, has occasionally shown signs of reasonableness and sanity. The King from Iowa is, along with Michele Bachmann and Louie Gohmert, the heart of the Tea Party brain trust.

      • hermanprovi

        I stand corrected on his whereabouts, but that does not absolve his ignorance! ” the heart of the republican party, need a heart specialist! It is a good thing that ignorance is not contagious, just those who drink that cool-aid are the ones that are affected!

    • frankz1

      mexicans do indeed carry burlap bundles across the border, 60 lbs not being uncommon. look up Pheonix Fox 10 for expose’ on maricopa county evidence warehouse. Don’t assume that this doesn’t happen because you live in New jersey or wherever you might be. Vast majority of illegals are not the problem and those mules head back for more loads, it’s their job. Fox 10 is a good station, not to be confused with FOXNEWS

      • hermanprovi

        Show me! since it is all out there i9n the open!

      • hermanprovi

        75lbs over the Mexican desert! that is quite a feat. How many Americans can do that. I would love to see that healthy
        Iowan perform that feat!

    • hermanprovi

      My apologies to the Representative from NY.

  • Paula

    I don’t know anyone who could convince American’s they are on the wrong path like Pope Francis. He is so Christ Like. I pray for him daily.

    • Skip Patterson

      I like to think of Pope Francis as, He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk.

  • In any contest between the Pope and the and bloated Republican Idiot, my money is on the Pope.

  • Skip Patterson

    “I’m honestly shocked he didn’t blame the Pope’s comments on President Obama.”

    “”Somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him.”

    Typical right winger thinks: No gee lets think just who might that be? Who else do we know in our government that has Marxist leanings? Wait a minute wasn’t that Kenyan also a Marxist?

  • Skip Patterson

    “I couldn’t wait to see how conservatives would react to the Pope essentially bashing their entire economic platform.”

    I don’t think the Pope is bashing their economic platform as much as he is just telling the truth about it.

  • Skip Patterson

    “Will Republicans — and the conservative media — dare to take on the Pope? Will others echo Limbaugh’s comments calling the Pope a “Marxist” or insinuating that somebody must have “gotten to him”?

    Well part of this I think, the Pope is putting right wingers in a very precarious position here. Or worst yet, some people might actually start reading their Bibles to find out what it really says.

    • Christopher Riess

      I think it is time for us to just stop referring to these people as “conservative”. They are dangerous radicals that need to be dealt with and calling them conservative is BS. Thank God Obama didn’t close Guantanamo. We are going to have to put these freaks somewhere.

      • Tim Cramer

        I’m goin to assume by your comments that you don’t own a business. Ignorance is bliss.

      • Christopher Riess

        I’m going to assume that you touch children as a hobby. See how that works, Tim?

      • a2phil

        He doesn’t do it as a hobby, it’s his business…

      • JKess

        I’m going to assume, Tim, that by your comments that you run your business all by yourself and have absolutely no employees.

        After all..that’s the only actual way you deserve all the reward.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        Im a self employed chef since 1989 in south FLA——wanna try me?

      • regressive rightwing trash

        they are regressive white trash,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, what are they CONSERVING? outdated religious (NEE: superstitious ) dogma? white supremacist ideology? Business practices which favor the wealthiest business owners? “regressive white trash” fits delightfully

    • a2phil

      “some people might actually start reading their Bibles to find out what it really says.”

      There’s going to be some giant moths flying around…in the wintertime, too…

  • Jimspy

    Look up “Poe’s Law.”

    • Dennis Cope

      I say, “BLATHER ON! BLATHER ON!!” Alienate a huge sector of society. Soon He’ll only have any credibility with people who wear swastikas and hoods.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        and guns


    It could get a little dicey but I think
    in some form or fashion they will all
    follow their leader. After all, it is rush

    who sets the talking points for the day.
    Just listen to his show for 15 minutes
    in the morning and you know exactly
    what all the other so called conservatives
    will be saying for the rest of that day. With
    very few exceptions, that’s the usual protocol.

  • hermanprovi

    Lots of pictures and eidence that have never seen the light of day! SHOW MW!

  • hermanprovi

    Popr Francis, behaving like Martin Luther, has in effect nailed a document on the door of the church of the republican party!. Let us remember that Mr. Luther started the reformation. Unfortunately, good catholics thought they had Divine guidance, so slaughter was justified!

  • hermanprovi

    Rash Limp-bough is at it again. when he jumps up and down, does that mean he is eliminating gas? If we had smellavision, we would know for sure!

  • Edward Krebbs

    For my moral compass, I always choose the guy who was caught with drugs while returning from an island known for offering underage sex.

    • Larry

      Whoa Now! Drugs and under age Sex! Doesn’t make Him a Bad Fellow! LOL LOL……….

  • Edward Krebbs

    In all seriousness, Rush has proved the postulated “Republicanity” as the replacement for Christianity. And if you want to argue conservative-ism, when the Pope releases a document it is based on 2 millennia of church teaching. (Not understanding this often leads to criticism of the Church). How many years back does Rush’s conservative thought go back ?

  • Martin

    Jesus was a socialist. When Christianity became a tool of Emperor Constantine, and made a grab for power, they gave up Jesus’s message of love and compassion, and adopted the fear based message. Institutional Christianity has been grabbing the power and money ever since. Jesus would be appalled.

    • a2phil

      But he wouldn’t be surprised…

  • Common sense

    Limbaugh is the 2nd coming of Jim Jones.. Enjoy the Koolaid teabaggers!

    • regressive rightwing trash

      jim jones wasn’t fat

  • Rick Heath

    One of the prominent central themes to the message of Jesus Christ was to feed the poor, heal the sick and attend to the needy among us (for free). His words to the rich man who came to him asking what he must do still ring true, “go, sell all that you have and give it unto the poor and then come and follow me”.

    This theme was so profoundly clear, that both the bible and history show that for the first few centuries after the crucifixion it was quite common for the believers in a geographical location to pool their resources and “give to every man as he had need”.

    The term Socialism simply means that everyone works together and contributes to a central pool of resources which are then distributed equally, so that everyone has what they need.

    As much as this will infuriate conservatives who will undoubtedly disagree with me, Jesus was a socialist by the very definition of the word, as were all real Christians. (many of you lack proper historical, cultural and ethnic context when thinking of Jesus)

    Western capitalism tends to be materialistic and self centered. (Anyone attend the black Friday lemming rush yesterday for an example?) The sort of greedy Ayn Rand mentality is exactly what Jesus Christ opposed when he overturned the money changer tables in the temple.

    • dutch163

      you have it

    • Tim Cramer

      Conservatives aren’t anti-poor. We’re anti-lazy. My wife and I and our company have given nearly $100K to the poor and homeless in the city in which we live – That’s the trickle down theory at work. On the other hand, I suppose I could have given that money to the Catholic church for them to use as a payout to molestation victims.

      The Bible and Christ are very clear on assisting the poor. On the other hand, SLOTH was also addressed.

      2 Thessalonians 3:10
      For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

      Proverbs 14:23
      In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

      Proverbs 10:4
      A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

      Psalm 128:2
      You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

      Proverbs 13:4
      The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

      Ephesians 4:28
      Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

      Proverbs 20:13
      Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.

      I can keep going – You see, the Bible and Christ talk more about the importance of a solid work ethic that they do about ‘GIVING TO THE POOR’. In fact, there are nearly 600 instances in the new and old testaments devoted to the importance of a solid work ethic and only 18 instances of Christ or any other author speaking about helping the poor.


      That’s the message of Christ – and it has nothing to do with what the Pope said.

      • James Schroder

        So, you take one verse out of the new testament, followed up with cherry picked verses out of the old testament in an effort to somehow justify your greed. Shame on you.
        You ignore the entire teachings of Christ. Jesus fed the masses with no inquiry about the ability to pay or work. Jesus healed the sick without asking if they had an insurance card or could afford the treatment. Jesus HATED wealth and power and greed. And yet, you worship your money and your business.
        You may get on here and preach your piety all you want, but I can see through it and so can God. Enjoy your wealth on this world. You shan’t see it in the next.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        there U go again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, shedding FACTS upon a white trash regressive christian cherry picker!!!

      • JKess

        most poor people, Tim, bust their asses working. Sorry, that conservative claim that poor people are all lazy is just utter bullshit.

        WHereas quite a few corporate executives get massive pay while doing very little actual work.

        The average taxpayer pays $50 in taxes that goes to food stamps. That same tax payer pays near $10,000 in taxes for all the welfare that the rich and corporations get.

        Tell me, Tim, why don’t you conservatives if you’re oh so worried about spending actually turn off the spigot of where the money is being really spent and where it’s not really needed?

      • Suzie

        The Pope preaches what God has taught us: Not to judge others who are less fortunate and may not have had the same opportunities as you. He is telling us to be tolerant and compassionate, not hateful and judgmental. I know many, many people who are middle class and poorer, and they are some of the kindest, most tolerant, least judgmental and HARDEST WORKING people you will ever meet. Just because someone is not wealthy does not mean they are lazy. You conservatives seem to assume a lot that is not true about most people who struggle financially. Enough already!

      • Rick Heath

        Tim, let me be succinct in saying that if wealth is the inevitable result of hard work, then I know MILLIONS around the world who should be rich, yet live in poverty.
        Though I admit there are lazy people out there, the evidence from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that the vast bulk of those you are claiming to deserve to live in destitution are in fact busting their asses harder than ever before, just to survive.
        I admire your giving to charity and your devotion to the ideal of hard work, but let’s not forget the philosophical moral of this discussion, which is to ask oneself which is the greater injustice? Taking from the excesses of those who have worked hard and can afford to share or to allow those who also work hard to suffer and go without, while we the tax payer subsidize both the wages that these working poor are not being paid AND subsidizing the wealthy who rent the favor of Congress?
        Are you certain that you are angry with the right people?

    • Jamroast

      It about time the world had a reasonable pope…. good riddance to the nazi youth member.

    • Gail

      You are correct in attributing the message of Jesus to feet the poor, etc,. BUT, he wanted YOU to do it personally, not any government agency. You can do this by working with church groups, civic organizations, or even by yourself. My favorite is to buy a meal for someone who is sitting on the street, obviously hungry, and then direct him/her to the nearest shelter.

  • Rick Heath

    In spite of not being Catholic, I really like and respect this Pope. He is a refreshing change from the stagnant, pompous, Pontiff’s that preceded him. I get the feeling that he really cares about people… which instantly sets him at odds with the far right wing, tea Taliban types.

  • Suzie

    Pope Francis is the coolest Pope ever. He can influence so many millions of people on what God’s message is truly about. He preaches love, kindness, generosity, tolerance, and selflessness. Not hate, intolerance, selfishness, and self-righteousness, like Limbaugh. Thank you, Pope Francis, for your refreshing honesty. You are truly a God-send.

  • Talltimo

    I read this in a piece in the paper – the pointed out someone HAS gotten to the pope – it’s Jesus!

  • dutch163

    I have said for awhile that some of these right wing conservatives would not let Jesus in the door (after all He’s a foreigner, doesn’t speak English, skin slightly darker)
    and there is His “whatever you do for the the least of me brethren, you do unto Me”
    feed the hungry?
    heal/care for the sick?
    don’t be silly

    • a2phil

      He looks “Middle Eastern” and he’s wearing sandals…must be a TERRORIST!!!!

      • dutch163

        and long hair…a HIPPIE terrorist…LOL

      • a2phil

        With a BEARD!!!! CALL THE DHS!!!!

  • medcannabis1

    for the Christians who follow the teaching of Jesus.. of compassion and
    forgiveness and kindness to the sick and suffering and feeding the
    poor.. Rush is the anti-christ..along with the rest of the false
    prosperity preachers that have infected the evangelical movement

  • Christopher Riess

    It is simply time for us as a nation to come together, put the boot on the neck of the tea party and deal with these America hating freaks once and for all.

  • Michael Arnold

    Religion is the ultimate version of Communisim, you are mandated to care for those less fortunate, it’s part of the damn rule book. What shocks and scares me is, people who claim to be Christians will stand here and say, here, here, Rush is correct.

  • Tim Cramer

    It’s obvious that NONE OF YOU actually read what the Pope said. You’re just accepting what Olberman has to say on the issue without digging in any deeper.

    What the Pope said had nothing to do with Christianity or any other religion. It has to do with the debate between the Keynesian economics model and that of the Austrian model. BTW-Just to be clear, the Keynesian model is a modified version of communism. It’s typically the model followed by dictators and the left because it puts all financial power in the hands of the government. If you know your history, you’ll also know that every government that has followed this model has failed.

    Secondly, according to what the Pope said, all business owners would be in violation because they choose to build a business that will, at some point in the future, pay them more than those working under them – However, that’s the trickle down theory at work.

    Lastly – why would anyone on the planet pay any attention to the Pope or the Catholic church about socia-economics? Give me a break. We’re supposed to listen to a guy who’s existence is subsidized by the poorest people on the face of the earth? He lives in his ivory tower as head of the WEALTHIEST church/religion on the planet?

    The Catholic church is the REVERSE of trickle down economics – they’ve been following the TRICKLE UP model for over 2,000 years. If the Pope were so concerned about the poor he would liquidate the Vatican and spread the wealth.
    a few seconds ago ·

    • Gail

      We own a successful business, and we pay our employees first. If there is anything left it goes primarily back into the business, with a small amount for my husband and me. We’re very happy doing business this way, and we are free from the bonds of greed. Our employees love working here, and we treat them well. We are all part of the success of the business–without the employees, no one would use our services.

      Socialism and communism are two entirely different models. I have no problem with the US becoming more socialist. I don’t want communism. Many socialist countries are doing quite well. After the last 10 years or more of crazy emphasis on getting more and more “stuff” and spending money to keep our economy going, and people being shot in Black Friday binges for “Christmas”, I am ready for some sharing, and peace, and love. We stopped buying “stuff” for Christmas about 10 years ago, and our family is much happier. Giving in the form of helping out at a hospital or retirement home is a much more satisfying “gift” than a new toy that will be thrown away in 3 weeks.

      Last, perhaps Pope Francis is considering doing exactly what you suggest in your last sentence.

      • Suzie

        Well said, Gail. How refreshing it is to hear from a business owner who truly appreciates the employees, and knows that they are a huge reason for the business’s success along with you.

    • James Schroder

      I would invite Mr. Cramer to continue to worship his one and true god MONEY.
      Yes, the Catholic church has had problems, but Francis is putting the Church back on the right track…a movement I might add that is upsetting many of the old guard bishops and cardinals but not the masses who are for the most part poor.
      Christ taught us to take care of ourselves but to have pity and compassion for the poor, not falling in love with money or wealth or possessions. I subscribe to that theory. If the USA wants to get back on a path to righteousness, it should abandon its love of power, greed, and violence and follow the teachings of the REAL JESUS, not the false Jesus taught at prosperity based protestant churches and Fox News.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      I totally miss egomaniac OLBERMAN destroying the FOX “news” quandary of o’reilly/beck/limbaugh and hannity. As terrific as Rachel and Lawrence and even ed Schultz are,,,,,, OLBERMAN was the one that FOX “news” crybabies hated and feared the most as his delivery cut right through the veneer these overweight overpaid agents of canard-ism ( is that a word?) propagating half truths –at best– on that regressive rightwing “NEWS” outlet

  • Patrick Nance

    “American Christinality?” Are you serious? I guess Rush means the kind of Christianity that promotes greed, lack of compassion and promotes capital punishment. American Christianity? The Pope needs to take a few classes? Rush needs to back off on the crack pipe a little…

    • Brian Harris

      that was part of the authors satire piece, not something Rush actually said.

  • Lee Anthony Nieves

    So therefore, what is the Pope’s economic plan if it isn’t based on capitalism?

  • a2phil

    The Pope is going to get assassinated, if he keeps mouthing off like this…

    Just look at history…ANYBODY who dare speaks out for the poor gets killed by TPTB…

  • anon55344

    “This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.”

    Tomorrow the Pope will declare Religion is the Opium of the People.

  • Mike Stover

    Rush Limbaugh is a fucking idiot. You are all mooks down here battling back and forth spreading your hate for each wing. If that guy says regressive one more time I will pay someone to find him and beat the living Christ out of him. While on Christ you bible bashing hippies down here saying oh you conservatives calling poor people lazy Jesus fed everyone without asking for payment or work blah blah blah. Shit the the fuck up. Until that motherfucker shows up with food for everyone your ass better do something to earn that shit. I’m not working my ass off so these fuck faces can get a free meal ticket? Also there is no reason these two things should ever be in the same argument,