March 2nd, 2012
04:43 PM ET

Column: Rush Limbaugh, take the log out of your eye

Editor's Note: Rev. Debra Haffner is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Religious Institute, a multifaith organization advocating for sexuality education, sexual health, and sexual justice in America's faith communities and society.

By Rev. Debra Haffner, special to Erin Burnett OutFront

An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh on Comments about Sandra Fluke

Dear Mr. Limbaugh:

“It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”

As an ordained minister and a person of faith, shame on you for passing judgment on Ms. Fluke. Remember John 8 asks us to not throw the first stone unless we are without sin.
Single people have sex. Nine in ten Americans have sex before marriage. More than 8 in ten have sexual intercourse before their 20th birthday.

You had sex when you were single. I remember you were found with Viagra as well as illegal prescriptions for Oxycontin. Did your health insurance pay for the Viagra?

The fact is that single adults are having moral ethical sexual relationships every day. An ethical sexual relationship is consensual, non-exploitative, honest, mutually pleasurable, and if any type of intercourse occurs, protected against pregnancy and disease. I don’t know Ms. Fluke, but I’m guessing her relationship meets that criteria. Have all of yours?

Contraceptive care is basic preventive health care for adult women and men. Along with millions of people of faith, I support the President’s proposal.

As the Gospel of Matthew states, Mr. Limbaugh, take the log out of your own eye.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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    April 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  2. sosolly

    Rush Limbaugh is a druggie and what he says doesn't amount to a hill of beans as far as anything meaningful is concerned. He sits around all day spewing hatred and sarcastic remarks while getting high on pills and his brain is so fried he is pathetic and really to be pitied. Why doesn't he enjoy the good life with all the money he had made off of the stupid folks that support him?

    March 13, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • CHAZ

      LOL.. talk about spewing hatred.
      Pot.. meet kettle

      March 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  3. sosolly

    I have 0 use for Limbaugh and 0 use for Republicans, but if Debra Haffner is a Preacher the woods are full of them.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  4. TKH1957

    Rush's comments are not about insurance, birth control, or any of those things...it's about free speech. It's alright for the talking heads on the left to bad mouth conservative women (i.e. Palin, Bachman, etc.) with impunity, but if someone from the right does that it is the end of world. Rush only took the insanity of a grown woman asking for the taxpayers to pay for her birth control to its absurdity. Gloria Allred and the rest of the liberal whiners should just shut up...oh, and they should "take the log out of their own eye."

    March 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      I don't condone what the liberal left does on personal attacks either. There is a difference here. This woman was a "civilian." She is not a national political figure the way Sarah and Bachman are and want to be. Rush could have made his point without using the terms he did. He does it to incite and not to be insightful. He does the same thing that rappers do. He tries to get a rise out of the public.

      March 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
      • TKH1957

        You are only partially correct when you call her "a civilian." In actuality, she is a 31 year old (not a 20-something coed) activist with a 7 year history of activist activities. She is no innocent little college coed as the media and the left want to make her out to be. So, in essence she isn't a "civilian." Yes, Rush was harsh and I don't necessarily agree with his approach, but as far I know the first amendment is still in place...at least for awhile longer.

        March 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
        • sosolly

          Not necessairly is nothing but a copout and the easy way out for all rightwingnuts. You agree with this turd 100% but do not want to go on record as saying it.

          March 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  5. Richard

    Sandra Fluke's testimony was about an insurance company refusing to pay for a medical condition. Limbaugh did an excellent job. He's probably made more in kickbacks from the insurance industry than his show lost in advertisers. Some how all of these irate people lost track of the subject – health care and the shame we call insurance.

    March 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  6. SAHMWriter

    Oh please, let Rush continue to run his mouth. It only benefits the Democrats and the left. It does my little heart good to see Romney and Santorum have to peddle like mad to make up for Rush's rants!

    March 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  7. Bvanman

    Rush is the past, present and futuer of the crazy extremist GOP! Not the conservatives..just the extremers!

    March 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      There are legitimate Conservative voices and I even agree with them on a few issues. That being said, your point about them being very different from ultra extremists is well taken. Unfortunately, I get a lot of email with "info" in them from friends I have known for many decades and longer. The info in these is usually way beyond weird. I don't want to bore (and/ or) scare you, but it is close to the tin foil helmet variety.

      March 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  8. Hillary

    Thank you for this wonderful response to a crazy, hate filled rant. In addition to his Viagra and Oxycontin I am sure Rush's health plan covers his proctology exam. Let's not ask him to post that online.

    March 3, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
  9. joann Schiavone

    I see you hurried up and post that last comment, but the not the ones before... go figure... Hmmmmmmmmmmm don't tell me you support this kind of reporting...

    March 3, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
  10. joann Schiavone

    whats the point in posting a comment you don't end up posting it... Too bad limbaugh's program isn't monitor... Where are our rights as women to speak up and demand that this person be fired from his job.. It is our airways... Come CNN get with it... You should have been all over limbaugh...Well he gets away with everything he says on our airways and gets paid for degrading women, blacks, and is so crude and rude and vulger..

    March 3, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  11. Viktor Perez

    Didn't Don Imus get fired because he called a women's college basketball team "a bunch of ho's?" What is the difference between his crude comment and Rush Limbaugh's? Nobody seems to be suggesting he be taken off the air waves.

    March 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      Imus was fired for making nasty comments and he is a comedian/ entertainer. I'd like to think the bar is higher for a guy like Rush, who is supposed to be a political analyst.

      March 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  12. mike shako

    As the fine print says, " If your reasoning becomes clouded while using oxycontin, seek immediate professional medical help."

    March 2, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  13. Marty

    I don't like what Limbaugh said... I'm just wondering why liberals have showed no outrage for Bill Maher's (also an "entertainer") comments about Sarah Palin. Oh, Rev. Haffner, a course in logic and biblical exegesis would be in order for you. The logic of this blog you wrote is simply irrational.

    March 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      Irrational is a polite term, but has the same effect of much harsher, and incorrect, words. The woman of Rush's ire is not a public figure the way Sarah is. Maher is an is an entertainer. Not sure Rush should be thought of in that regard. I had to laugh when former Senator Santorum referred to him as an entertainer. I'm sure two weeks ago, he thought Rush was an incisive political analyst. After a dumb treatise, he is an entertainer. Can't have things both ways. Another "both ways" came to mind was this week when the NY Post had Tony Soprano on the cover with a bare woman in his lap. This is the same paper that claims to be the champion of "family values." Again- a "both ways" problem.

      March 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • kmj08c

      Actually liberals did freak out when that happened, and demanded he apologize. Women's groups all over the country were appalled, and said so. Perhaps you missed all of that?

      March 10, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
  14. Robert

    It seems this hypocritical windbag has shot himself in the foot once too often. He has really hurt the right wing candidates. Puts a smile on my face.

    March 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
    • joann Schiavone

      you are so right Robert he put the frosting on the cake...

      March 3, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
  15. Lori

    Rev. Haffner is right on!

    March 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • CHAZ

      RIght on the drugs. She doesn't get it.

      March 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  16. David Hall

    Thank you, Rev. Haffner. This is such an important blog. Shame on Rush Limbaugh for this.

    March 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
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    March 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply

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