Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke

I believe Rush Limbaugh was using hyperbole (yes, in poor taste) to make the point that Sandra Fluke, who wants the government / taxpayers to underwrite her evidently extensive sexual habits (so much so that she cannot afford the $3,000 she needs in order not to become pregnant or pick up an STI) is not an innocent victim deserving public subsidy. The point is: She is free to do whatever she wants sexually, but she is not free to demand that the rest of us underwrite it.

Someone paying $40,000 a year for tuition at Georgetown Law (if that is the figure) should not expect the rest of us pay for her condoms. If you say it is uncouth or insensitive for me to say this, so be it. Fluke is the one who said she cannot afford the $3,000 cost in birth control she has rung up. To me, that’s what’s really indecent about this story.

Rush is a satirist who sometimes steps over the line, as he did in this case. But I find the behavior that she has acknowledged, combined with her sense of entitlement about it, to be quite indecent. I cannot overlook her behavior and attitude simply because I wouldn’t have called attention to them as Limbaugh has done–but I would call attention to them. Sad to say, they are relevant.

But remember, it is Mr. Obama and Nancy Pelosi who have forced us to talk about this issue. And it is the president who is shamelessly pandering to female voters by actually calling Fluke, a grown woman who has inserted herself in an ongoing controversy over government overreach and religious liberty, to ask if she is OK. Wow. Doesn’t our commander in chief have anything better to do with his time?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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