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Rush Limbaugh: Marriage Equality is Helping to ‘Normalize Pedophilia’

Zack Ford
Think Progress / News Report
Published: Wednesday 9 January 2013
Limbaugh’s tirade is dangerous and unnecessarily conflates homosexuality with pedophilia, as opponents of LGBT equality have done for decades.
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Blowhard Rush Limbaugh dedicated a lengthy diatribe on his radio show yesterday to the idea that there is a movement underway to try to “normalize pedophilia” by classifying it as a sexual orientation like heterosexuality and homosexuality. Limbaugh based his claims on an article in The Guardian that addresses questions science still has about the nature of pedophilia, but then he drew his own conclusions that normalizing same-sex marriage is similarly going to lead to normalizing the sexual abuse of children:

LIMBAUGH: There is a movement on to normalize pedophilia, and I guarantee you your reaction to that is probably much the same as your reaction when you first heard about gay marriage. What has happened to gay marriage? It’s become normal — and in fact, with certain people in certain demographics it’s the most important issue in terms of who they vote for. So don’t pooh-pooh. There’s a movement to normalize pedophilia. Don’t pooh-pooh it. The people behind it are serious, and you know the left as well as I do. They glom onto something and they don’t let go. [...]

What is their objective? They want us to all think that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation.  You know who’s gonna fall right in line is college kids, just like they have on gay marriage, just like they do on all other revolutionary social issues.  Their own definition of the cutting edge, civil rights, freedom, understanding, tolerance. So I’m just warning you here. You think it can’t happen. “Impossible!  Don’t be nutso and wacko on us, Rush.”

Listen to it:

But pedophilia is not considered a sexual orientation. It’s considered a psychiatric disorder and aparaphilia. The issue with pedophilia is that the target of the sexual impulse is children, who can be physically and emotionally scarred by such contact. Pedophilia, like other paraphilias, violates the consent of another entity, whereas sexual orientations do not. In fact, the moral condemnation of same-sex orientations is a judgment of who has the attractions, not who the attractions target. For example, a sexual orientation toward men can present in women or in men, but conservatives have only ever objected to men having that orientation. That judgment is based on religious dogma, not any intention to reduce harm to others.

Limbaugh’s tirade is dangerous and unnecessarily conflates homosexuality with pedophilia, as opponents of LGBT equality have done for decades. There is no way to compare two loving consenting adults to harming a child. If there were a valid reason to be concerned that society was no longer interested in protecting young people from sexual abuse, Limbaugh would have a compelling argument to make and many would surely rally around his cause. Instead, his words serve only to further demonize the LGBT community with archaic myths.



you legitimize R.L. by

you legitimize R.L. by writing articles about what he says....ignore him and he will get smaller and smaller....

People like Rush have trouble

People like Rush have trouble with fine distinctions...like the difference between sexual orientation and sexual predation.

Will someone please get a

Will someone please get a bucket of water and see if it works on talking asses like it did on the wicked witch of the west!
Flyin' monkey turds.

I don't see how pedophilia

I don't see how pedophilia does not count as a sexual orientation. Sexual orientation describes the class of beings one is attracted to. If you are attracted to men, you are androphilic. If you are attracted to women, you are gynophilic. If you are attracted to prepubescent children, you are pedophilic. Whichever it may be, you can't help your basic attractions; you are born with them.

Jargon like "psychiatric disorder" or "paraphilia" should not be taken seriously. These classifications are made up by psychologists to lump together various sorts of mentalities or sexualities that are widely considered loony or icky, and which attaches a stigma to them that pretends to be scientifically founded. Homosexuality was also considered a psychiatric disorder until around 1972 or so, when it was taken off the books mainly because of organized protests. The transgender "T" in LGBT is still in the manuals as a psychiatric disorder, and there is a small but persistent school of right-wing psychologists that wants to classify that condition as a "paraphilia".

We need to distinguish the innate drives, which can't be helped, from the morally consequential actions that the drives may impel a person to do. A gay person cannot help being gay, but having sex with a person of the same gender is a choice. A pedophile cannot help being sexually attracted to children, but molesting a child, or not, is a choice. A transgendered person cannot help wanting to be of the opposite sex, but getting a sex change, or not, is a choice. A heterosexual man cannot help being attracted to women, but raping one, or not, is a choice. Laws providing strong penalties for rape or child molesting are appropriate; demonizing a class of people for the arousal pattern they innately have is a witchhunt.

The fear LGBT activists have of being linked with pedophiles who might reasonably appeal to the same logic for recognition as human beings is understandable, but the reaction suggested by this article is less than admirable. The picture I see is a bully tendentiously equating an insecure schoolmate with the most despised child in class, and the insecure kid responds by loudly declaring how much he detests the one on the bottom in order to prove himself acceptable in the eyes of the bully. This cowardly strategy simply shows his own weakness, and lets the bully know how to manipulate him.

Men is an age group and boys

Men is an age group and boys are an age group. Women are an age group and girls a younger age group. A pedophile prefers boys or girls, a very young age group. But his/her sexual preference, male or female, has little to do with his/her age preference.

I am sure Rush has his

I am sure Rush has his reasons for his strongly held beliefs. I recall the drug addict with the anti-drug stance.

Tell me Rush doesn't take

Tell me Rush doesn't take discreet vacations to Thailand and--oh right!--the Dominican Republic... Methinks he doth protest too much.

I was thinking the same

I was thinking the same thing.

This is just more of rush

This is just more of rush limbaughs patented inanity. Let him go at it. This is exactly the kind of pablum his audience thrives on, but also serves to make him more outside the mainstream, and more and more.... He will be remembered as an over paid "radio personality" that took his credulous listeners to the bank, (but dropped them off a block short). He will be remembered as a trafficker of BS for profit. He will be remembered for representing the worst that we could offer our culture. He will be remembered for being a quintessentially American huckster mining people's fear, yet another pitch man. He will be remembered for his viciousness and callousness and his remarkable ability to profit from these otherwise objectionable traits. He will be remembered for supplying a special variety of American cretins their talking points. He will be remembered as one of the biggest of American dicks.

Opinions are like assholes;

Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one. Ours is named Rush Limbaugh.
The same goes for anyone who listens to him.

Who needs to listen to

Who needs to listen to psychopath Limbaugh? The creature is manifestly a vicious idiot.

Limbaugh is an opportunistic

Limbaugh is an opportunistic and predatory capitalist who gets ever more rich and influential pandering to fear and ignorance. He loves it when you publicize his name and his absurd and outrageous comments.

I choose to change the subject, with apology to those concerned with marriage equality. TV and other electronic media bombard ever-younger children with sex and sex-object glorification. Those models and messages do not promote development of self-respect and respect for others, neither as to sexuality nor as to the whole of a person, whether oneself or another. They do influence and pressure adolescents and teens to be sexually overt and active. In the meantime taboos prevail over birth control.

In 2012 more than half of all births to American women under 30 were out of wedlock, despite over one million abortions. No matter your views about pre-marital or extra-marital sex, and no matter your views about abortion or over-population, those numbers translate to an enormous amount of human carnage, economic deprivation and disadvantage, familial stress and distress, social-support expense, and physical and emotional pain.

It is altogether a horror show that could be dramatically reduced to the direct benefit of millions and indirect benefit of 300 million in the USA. But we don't talk about it nor do anything significant about it, in part because our media serve us the polarizing distractions of filthy greedsters like Limbaugh. In its own way this article panders no less, even if innocently in intent.

as my uncle said even a blind

as my uncle said even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while looks like rush found one

The major groups of people

The major groups of people trying to 'normalize pedophilia' vote R. Those who back the Catholic church and those who live in back woods R states. There are no Liberals trying to further this movement.

Sez the guy to was caught

Sez the guy to was caught coming back from the Dominican Republic (a rumored child-sex tourism destination) with a suitcase full of illegal Viagra.

WARPED. . . PREVERTED. . .

WARPED. . . PREVERTED. . . TWISTED .......DERANGED
........YUP REPUBLICAN
.......but I like him being on radio
============SO EASY TO TURN OFF

marriage is a CONTRACT!!

marriage is a CONTRACT!! That's why you have to be of LEGAL age to sign one, right?? There's no comparison with a derranged mind (Oh, wait, I better think about that...). Nope, even a pedophile can sign a contract...but NOT a child!!! Rush is such a Whack-a-doodle. I don't know why anyone listens to him. And on Armed Forces Radio????? Who set that up....Trump??? LOL

He says something absurd

He says something absurd every single day. But he is still on Armed Forces Radio.

Oh, gee, gun control for

Oh, gee, gun control for the Military is P E A C E .....
WHICH IS THE END OF THE MILITARY

I always consider what

I always consider what junkies say as gospel.

Rush has one sick mind and

Rush has one sick mind and imagine the leverage given to such a mind. So maybe this encourages others with abnormal social behaviors to thrive, come forward and perform. Canada has it right, none of this diatribe heard on the air for hours each day. There are no sacred airwaves here. Put all the perverse opinions you can out there and for certain there is some ditto head repeating it as if it were gospel.

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