Rush Limbaugh as Saint Francis?

Rush & Punkin.jpgThe right-wing crock jock does love animals–don’t get between Rush and his cat, Punkin. So it’s no surprise that he is the latest celebrity plugger enlisted by the Humane Society in its campaign to underscore the link between faith and the proper treatment of animals. The Humane Society of the United States says it “welcomes such vigorous statements of support from Americans of all points of view, and is grateful to Rush Limbaugh for reaching out to his audience with a message of kindness and compassion for animals.”


In his PSA, Rush does try to underscore that being nice to animals is a “traditional value” that he says is a natural for conservatives and believers. The reason this link hasn’t been so strong, he says, is because “views about religion have been stereotyped and so have ideas about those who champion the cause of animals.”

Rush sets us straight: “It’s not politics, it’s not pop ideology that bring animals into our thoughts. These are fundamental matters to the teachings of all the world’s major religions.”

Even The Gospel of Limbaugh, it seems. Now, if Rush only liked people as much as his cat…

Listen to Rush here.

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posted April 16, 2009 at 11:22 am

It is great that Rush is speaking out about the importance and value of animals in our lives. We should all be faithful stewards of God’s creation–including the animals. The way we treat the animals around us is indeed a reflection on how we treat–and respect eachother. Animal protection is at least one issue everyone should be able to agree on, no matter your politics.

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posted April 16, 2009 at 12:17 pm

There’s a strong tradition of religious support for animals, going back to the founding of the RSPCA in England, by Wilberforce and others. I think it’s great that the animal groups are getting back to tapping that original font of support. You can find kindness to animals values in just about every world religion.

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posted April 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Animals have a friend in Rush Limbaugh, this is good! The humane treatment of animals is a cause that deserves attention everywhere — home, work, both sides of the aisle in the halls of government, at social venues, and places of worship. Compassion, mercy, and the opposition to cruelty, are universal values to be sure. Together we can make a difference for the creatures who share our lives and our planet.

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posted April 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I hope that the audio recording increases the discussion among people of faith about the treatment of aniamls. So many people just aren’t aware of the huge impact the decisions they make every day can have. From what we eat to the cosmetics and clothes we buy – all of those decisions impact animals. Choosing to adopt a pet and give a homeless animal a chance at life are all expressions of our compassion for God’s creatures.

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posted April 18, 2009 at 11:55 am

I think Rush’s statement really hits home:
“It’s not politics, it’s not pop ideology that bring animals into our thoughts. These are fundamental matters to the teachings of all the world’s major religions.”
Kindness and compassion to animals is something that people of all faiths and politics should be able to agree on.

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posted April 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Since I listen to Rush Limbaugh every day and have so for years, I just want to say that he is no right-wing crock jock. He is a conservative with conservative values, as serious a journalist as you are Mr. Gibson. If you listen to Rush for a while, then you can understand his views and, just to go on the record, I don’t always agree with him. However, I was sorry to see you are affiliated with some left wing liberal idealogues, ie. the NYT. This is the first time I have read your blog and I have ordered a copy of your book, “The Coming Catholic Church …” I must admit that I will continue to read your blog and get a better picture of your beliefs. A sidenote: global warming – oh my, let’s blame the USA as usual. Many other prestigous scientists do not agree with global warming, its causes and if we can do anything at all to stop it. Other countries who don’t have our technology certainly pollute much more than America. At least we are committed to finding and using cleaner energy sources. And it would be sad day if the USA didn’t come to the rescue when world wars, natural disasters and human disasters occur. America is the greatest country on God’s green earth, but will now have to fight for it’s very existence because of left-wing liberals’ crocky ideas. I hope we don’t lose our national identity just to be “liked” by third-world despots and dictators. It’s been said that when a country loses its national identity, it is lost. Anyway, I hope to enjoy reading your blog into the future and seeing where you are truly coming from. Thanks for the outlet!

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