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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