In an attempt to out-crazy fellow radio shock jock Alex Jones, Limbaugh announced on his radio program yesterday that the left is pushing to “normalize pedophilia,” saying:
“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.”
You can read Rush’s transcript on his website here.
It’s no secret that a majority of Rush’s diatribes are completely misguided, oftentimes false, and increasingly desperate attempts to attract listeners to his dying show, which lost 2,200+ sponsors since his injudicious attack on Sandra Fluke, according to the “StopRush Project.”
Accordingly, Rush is frantically finding new ways to get his listeners to loath the left, with such outrageous claims as:
“They make the case that kids enjoy it, adults enjoy it; what’s wrong with a little love? The same things that were said about gay marriage.”
In addition to gay marriage, Rush also equates normalizing pedophilia to allowing teens access to contraception, saying:
“It’s the same thinking, if you remember back in the nineties, when we were told that kids are going to have sex, you can’t stop them. And that’s why we needed to give away condoms in the schools.”
In the segment, Rush reminds all listeners that he doesn’t “mean to pick on gays.” The point of his homily is how birth control and gay marriage were once “such a tremendous departure from the accepted norms of the day,” and thus pedophilia, considered a criminal act in the minds of all but a scant handful of deviants, will eventually be looked upon with the same indifference. He says:
“You know how much progress the notion of gay marriage has made. So I’m just keeping you here on the cutting edge.”
Rush also equates his prediction that pedophilia will someday be widely accepted to his prediction that “the Sierra Club was gonna try to come after you and ban your SUV.” (Have SUVs been banned? I’m still seeing an awful lot of them on the road.)
I’m not sure how Rush arrived at the conclusion that the left supports pedophilia. Is it because the article that sent him into such a tailspin was published by the left-leaning British national newspaper, The Guardian? Or because sociologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists tend to be Democrats? (According to a Pew Research Center Poll, only 6% of scientists identified themselves as Republican, while over half identified as Democrat. In other words, scientists are 11 times more likely to identify as Democrat than as Republican.) Rush says:
“[T]he article in the Guardian actually quotes some academics. For those of you in Rio Linda, that’s college professor types. These are the people you see that have leather arm patches on their sport coats.”
He goes on to say:
“What kind of people do you think are behind this, this effort to normalize pedophilia? Which is what? The abuse of kids, is it not? Who’s behind that? 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.”
Those immoral Democrats! They support civil rights AND pedophilia!
No question, there are some disturbing notions in the The Guardian’s article. But I read it with an open mind, and one of the experts quoted throughout the article, Sarah Goode, University of Winchester senior lecturer and author of two major sociological studies on paedophilia in society, concluded at its end:
“We can help keep children safe by allowing paedophiles to be ordinary members of society, with moral standards like everyone else, respecting and valuing those paedophiles who choose self-restraint” so that “they can be able to be honest about their feelings, and perhaps find people around them who could support them and challenge their behaviour before children get harmed.”
If keeping children safe from sexual abuse meant clinging to the notion that pedophiles are born evil and their tendencies are nothing more than the result of an evil soul, I’d say let’s keep going with that strategy. But too many children are still being sexually abused. So if experts say there may be a better way to keep children safe, I’m willing to listen, even if it means sacrificing the desire to regard pedophiles with nothing more than repugnance.
After all, as long as Rush keeps his struggling show puttering along, I’ll still have a wide target for all that repugnance.