Rush Limbaugh: Obama’s gaystapo is making everyone say they’re atheist

It’s no secret that Christians are having a rough go of it these days. Real Christians, mind you, not those “love and acceptance and helping the poor” Christians. They’re doing just fine, but they don’t count.

No, things aren’t going too well for Grade-A, all-beef, Jesus-wearing-an-American-flag Christians, who only seem to be doing well when they get to Christian all over everyone else — in the doctor’s office, in the classroom, at your wedding and so on.

Things are going especially poorly for Rush Limbaugh, who isn’t getting to Christian all over as many people now since he keeps getting dropped from more and more radio stations across the country.

So for Rush, along with God-fearing, straight-caking, wife-doing Christians across the country, Monday’s Pew survey showing that America is way less Christian now than it was in 2007 — only 70 percent! — must have felt like a particularly strong punch in the dick.

Don’t worry, though, Rush knows exactly why Christians are the 21st Century’s great (white) persecuted majority: Barack Hussein Obama turned his gay activists loose and made everyone pretend to be atheists!

Listen to Rush Christsplain the Pew survey, via Media Matters:

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You heard him, folks: “Under the Obama years we have this dramatic drop,” in self-identified Christians.

If you don’t think about it at all, you can clearly see that he’s right. The Christian share of the American public wasn’t declining at all before Obama took office in 2007. But as soon as he did take office — in 2007 — everything started going downhill.

But don’t worry, maybe Christians aren’t leaving the faith. They could just be going into hiding:

Even after this dramatic drop of 8 percent Christians still comprise 70 percent of the population…Let’s round it up — 10 percent drop in people who identify as Christians. That’s key. They may still be; they’re just not admitting it.

Even at that — 70 percent of the country identifies as Christian — less than 1 percent of the country identifies as Muslim.

Phew, OK. So it’s bad, but it could be worse. Christians might be leaving the faith, but they could just as easily have become secret Christians because haven’t you noticed how hard it is to be a Christian these days? Either way, at least they aren’t becoming, you know, the other guys.

After getting this initial concern out of the way, Limbaugh turned his attention to diagnosing the real problem: If forced conversion to Islam wasn’t snuck into Obamacare at the last minute, then what did happen to all of these Christians?

Obviously, Obama’s gays scared them off:

The last eight years have not been static. They have been dynamic. There have been a lot of things happening in various denominations around the country that might explain this drop. The Methodists, the Lutherans, the Presbyterians, the Episcopalians (the American equivalent of the Church of England) have had dramatic changes in their structure and their organization. Many of these churches within these denominations now perform homosexual marriage. They ordain gay pastors and ministers, and in some cases female and lesbian pastors and ministers, which you might think would cause some people to leave those churches if they disagreed with the decisions made…

…If you look at the evangelical churches, they haven’t lost anything. Their membership is holding pretty steady. Where the message has remained, where the mission has remained the same, where the members of the church don’t think any corruption is taking place. They’re still hanging in there.

Some might say, the churches that haven’t fallen pray to the dark side. All of this silly social evolution.

There you have it. All of Obama’s “silly social evolution” has caused eight percent of the country to leave their super gay churches. And those Christians with deeply held religious beliefs that gays are icky didn’t go out and find good, honest pure churches that haven’t been turned to the dark side yet; they simply gave up on calling themselves Christians altogether.

Probably because if they did out themselves for the passively anti-gay Episcopalians that they were, Obama’s gaystapo would find them and send them mean tweets and give them bad Yelp reviews, or something:

How is it possible that less than one million gay activist are able to bully and steamroll an entire country on the subject of marriage? By the same token, how is it that 70 percent of the population can be bullied and silenced and coerced into accepting societal evolution with which they disagree because of their religious beliefs?

That’s quite a pickle if, again, you don’t think about it at all. 70 percent of the country is Christian and yet 60 percent of Americans support marriage equality. Rush may not know much, but he does know this: Vegetables are for communists, rehab is for quitters and those numbers add up to more than 100.

Unless maybe, perhaps, possibly, just spitballing here, some of those self-professed Christians have, through some form of voodoo Jesus witchcraft, found a way to both believe in redemption through Christ and think that it isn’t a big deal if two men or two women can get married. Furthermore, maybe — and it’s a big maybe if you haven’t read anything that Pew has published on religion in the last very long time —  Christians of all stripes were paying attention when the Religious Right insisted for decades that you can’t share their religious values if you don’t also share their political values. And maybe an increasing number of them heard that message and decided that it wasn’t for them.

As Limbaugh said, “I’m not tolerating or intolerating anything. I’m just telling you — I’m guessing — why the numbers are the way they are.”

Keep guessing, Rush.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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33 Responses to “Rush Limbaugh: Obama’s gaystapo is making everyone say they’re atheist”

  1. LanceThruster says:

    Weapons grade stupid.

  2. GayEGO says:

    Oh well, Rusty Limplebomb is losing his popularity with his looney-tunes comments! :>)

  3. wmforr says:

    Fifth time’s a charm!

  4. wmforr says:

    This is known as Pascal’s Wager. He figured you better believe in the big G just in case he existed and in his loving and merciful way sent unbelievers to eternal torture.

    But suppose he is a rational being who knows that there is not a shred of evidence for his existence, so he rewards the honest atheist and punishes the self-absorbed believer? Didn’t think of that one, did ya, Blaise?

  5. Butch1 says:

    Hi, mirth and it’s great to see you here as well! I miss your intelligent and pithy comments. ;-)

  6. mirth says:

    Butch! Great comment. I always seem to be off the blog when you are here and miss the opportunity to ^5 what you write and to say I miss you, Friend.

  7. PattyJM says:

    Why can’t the party of personal responsibility understand that the hateful rhetoric is what is driving people away?

  8. goulo says:

    I can’t tell if that’s a sincere statement supporting Rush or a sarcastic joke at Rush’s expense. Poe’s Law in action.

  9. Indigo says:

    It’s fun but let’s face it, Limbaugh’s an easy target.

  10. Indigo says:

    That and the social demands of Christianism.

  11. Indigo says:

    The Gaystapo? Oh, now. We don’t even have armbands.

  12. Tap the dancer says:

    I asked a friend if she truly believed…after a pause she said: well, I am not sure, but just in case there is a godI am going to believe

  13. Glen Thompson says:

    Easter Bunny? Santa Claus? Oh nooooooooo!

  14. FLL says:

    “Give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory”


  15. 2karmanot says:


  16. Bill_Perdue says:

    While it’s good to hear that the cults are in trouble these fights over cultism and their always bigoted and misogynistic and often racist ‘values’ are a distraction from real questions of equal or more importance.

    For instance the U6 unemployment rate (the real rate) was almost 11% last month.

    “April Jobs Report: The Wage Picture Is Bleak and ‘We’re Still Millions of Jobs in the Hole’ … Yes, all of the U.S. jobs lost to the Great Recession were recovered by mid-2014. But “we didn’t manage to create enough new jobs to satisfy the shortfall” in positions that would have been made “had the economy kept chugging along at a reasonably normal pace,” writes Suzanne McGee at The Guardian. And the “wage picture is bleaker still.” … “Average hourly wages, however, only grew by 3% in April, taking year-on-year gains to 2.2%.”

    October 5, 2014 | For the second year in a row, America’s richest 14 individuals made more from their annual investments than the $80 billion provided for people in need of food. Nearly half of the food-deprived are children. Perversely, the food stamp program was CUT because of a lack of federal funding.

    In a testament to the inability — or unwillingness — of Congress to do anything about the incessant upward re-distribution of America’s wealth, the richest 14 Americans increased their wealth from $507 billion to $589 billion in ONE YEAR from their investment earnings. As stated by Forbes, “All together the 400 wealthiest Americans are worth a staggering $2.29 trillion, up $270 billion from a year ago .

    Add to that incessant wars aggression, a totally stagnant economy, racist cops rioting and murdering people of color and the growth of police state measures and you can see why Democrats and Republicans alike want to distract us with debates about cultism and cults.

    Their antics will serve to increase the numbers of people voting for socialists or just staying home.

  17. mirth says:

    Argue: Give reasons or cite evidence in support of an idea, action, or theory

    …OxyRush’s (airquote)logic(airquote). No, it can’t be argued.

  18. Butch1 says:

    He’s so clever. It sounds like the last attempt of a despite man trying to be relevant in a society who has ignored him already.

  19. Bikeridinman says:

    “Real Christians, mind you, not those “love and acceptance and helping the poor Christians”

    This is what I’ve always suspected. Real Christians! What a joke.

  20. JustSayNoNow says:

    You can’t (intelligently) argue with Rush’s logic. He’s right.

  21. nicho says:

    Most people don’t have “faith.” What they claim are their “beliefs” is merely a subscription to a dogma with which they are presented as adults — or led into as children. No one has a Paul-like moment when they are struck with a light and say, “Gee, you know, now I believe in an omniscient and eternal triune god wherein the three persons exist in a hypostatic union, one with the other, with the son proceeding from the father and the spirit proceeding from both the father and the son.” That doesn’t happen. Someone pretty much tells you that’s what you have to believe if you want to be a member of their club, and you go, “Oh, OK. WTF is ‘hypostatic?'”

    The idea that hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people, could all come to the same arcane, convoluted, and impossible beliefs is just stupid. In fact, most people who claim to be Christian couldn’t get 10 percent on a test of basic Christian dogma. That’s not belief. That’s just going along.

  22. UncleBucky says:

    I use “christianIST” all the time, so as not to be reminded of and scared by “DominionISTs”…

    They are really Dominionists. Scary shit.

    Rushdoony. Scary shit.

  23. UncleBucky says:

    Look. Many people claiming to be atheist may arrive there, like me, through several steps.

    For me, atheism has several levels.

    1. Not having a belief in the biblical “sky god”. This is a big one. Reading, doing the research and getting the results. Such a variety of “sky gods” (for almost every book, ever chapter in some cases, of the Bible has a slightly different creation of the writer’s “sky god”). When you see a whole book, that some people claim was literally “written” or at least “inspired” by “God”, then you have to think that a so-called infinitely wise, infinitely powerful, and infinitely wise being is horribly schizophrenic. That doesn’t wash, and so such a “God” can’t exist logically or any other way. There can’t be a “God” that is silly.

    2. Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Leprechauns, Ghosts, Devils, Spirits, Angels, and God have never been demonstrated with any physical evidence. That being said, and given more and more data from the macro and micro Universe, and even possibly the Multiverse (yes there is evidence that our Universe has traces of the existence of the Multiverse around it), we see no God as represented in the Bible or any other kind of Biggie caretaker. There can’t be a “God” that never shows up.

    3. Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, Limbo… We’ve heard all the scare stories. And once you see that Earth’s people are worse than any of these, well, give it up. Ignore a “God” that is a wimp, as compared to Earth Biggies. There can’t be a “God” that doesn’t show the torture tools.

    We can do what is necessary to make the Earth a better place, regardless of any other place. These cretins, such as Limbaugh, are intent on making it a worse place. Screw them.

  24. FLL says:

    Also, Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot.

    Al Franken, the senator from Minnesota, is insightful here, as usual.

  25. FLL says:

    Glad to hear that you don’t mind very occasional snark. It has its place.

  26. FLL says:

    At 1 pm today, I checked the time/date stamp for my comment on the previous thread about the Pew Research Poll (link here), and the time was 21 hours ago (yesterday at about noon, Eastern Time). No, I don’t listen to Rush’s radio show, so I looked up the time slot for yesterday’s show which Jon Green quotes from, and Rush’s show runs from noon to 3pm (ET). I posted my comment before Rush made his remarks, and sure enough, Rush gives us a perfect example of what I stated in my previous comment:

    …I think there has always been a second group within the 70% Christian population who are Christian-identified not because of genuine religious faith, but because they think it gives them an excuse to support government discrimination against gay people…my guess assumes that people sometimes lie about their motives and misrepresent themselves.

    Rush is an example of someone who lies about his motives and misrepresents himself. He claims Christian faith, but is only using that label as an excuse for his sexual…um…issues.

  27. 2karmanot says:

    Win for the day!!!!

  28. 2karmanot says:

    Jon—–just love it when you talk snarky and it happens to be the truth! xxxooo

  29. BeccaM says:

    A major part of that social evolution is (1) more LGBT folks are being out and public and ordinary and (2) people in general are finding out the fear-mongering by the conservative fundamentalists was unfounded.

  30. torchie4269 says:

    The idea that people were “bullied” into accepting gay marriage is beyond obnoxious. It’s like he can’t even imagine that maybe people are just becoming more tolerant.

  31. BeccaM says:

    Let’s not forget: Each and every ‘Christian’ claiming their religion is being oppressed for whatever reason is actually a fundamentalist conservative Christianist. Whether it’s gays not being shunned and imprisoned, Muslims not being deported, women failing to be forced into perpetual pregnancy, or the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’ isn’t being declared mandatory by law, part of the Christianist belief system is the apparent right to impose their beliefs on others.

    Anyway, one unavoidable consequence of constantly declaring theirs to be the only valid expression of Christian beliefs is it turns off the more progressive and tolerant-minded.

    Also, Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot.

  32. The_Fixer says:

    I certainly can’t trust any analysis that comes from the mind of someone who considered the abuse of oxycontin a recreational activity.

    This, like the rest of what comes out of Mouth Rushmore, is just plain stupid.

  33. Knottwhole says:

    Not to worry Lushbo, you still haven’t figured out the sanctity of marriage.

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