News Hounds observes that "in the alternate reality of GOP 'boss' Rush Limbaugh, the man behind the infamous anti-Islamic You Tube video is being persecuted by the Obama administration."
Apparently we should sympathize with Nakoula, the creator of a crude, offensive Islamophobic video that may have played a role in the death of an American ambassador and his escorts in Libya, and the creation of which may have resulted in the video's author being "dragged" from his home "in the middle of the night". The arrest of Nakoula was premised on a probation violation, but Fox's Kelly and others are pitching the story as a free speech issue.
Of course it is difficult to assess the extent to which Limbaugh, and his apparent apostle at Fox News, Megan Kelly, are motivated by legitimate concern for civil rights <cough!>, and how much their views are influenced by their own knee-jerk sympathy for a Muslim basher.
To provide a little historical insight, I decided to catalog a few random comments about Muslims that Limbaugh has uttered over the last three years.
Limbaugh's anti-Islam attacks go well beyond one of his most scandalous, about Egyptian men having sex with their dead wives. However, the many smears listed here are not necessarily the most egregious, nor do they represent an exhaustive overview. They are simply the first thirty or so examples that I encountered in a search of the Limbaugh archives. Most are aimed directly at Muslims; some use the Muslim religion to slander President Obama.
A plethora of Limbaugh's Muslim slurs, right after the jump.
|June 3, 2009||I could really anger some people if I said let's compare the number of Muslims who have been Nobel prize winners to the number of Jews who have been Nobel prize winners, and I don't think it's a contest...
What hopes do these Muslims all over the world, not just in the Middle East, what hopes do Muslims all over the world have? They're not spelled out. Might it have something to do with Israel? Do they just want his share of the stimulus money? Do they want some shovel-ready jobs? —Rush Limbaugh
|November 11, 2009||[W]hat you have to understand is we're the enemy. We're the ones that need protection against backlashes. Not Muslims. Muslim backlash in this country? There's hardly any hate crimes against Muslims compared to other religions. —Rush Limbaugh|
|November 11, 2009||And that's what we have in president Obama. I'm still struggling, does he face reality, is he this naive or is he this cunning? He's got to know what jihad is. He's got to know of the imams that preach it. He's got to know that there are scriptures in these people's book that suggests the way to get to heaven is to kill infidels. This is not even arguable. As Andy says here it's not about all Muslims but clearly hundreds of millions of them...
[Meanwhile] there are statistics and numbers out there: Hate crimes against Muslims are at an all-time low, since 2001! They have plummeted.
There aren't any hate crimes. There is no "backlash" against Muslims in America. Zip, zero, nada!
It's not the Muslims who need protection. It's us! We conservatives are the ones who need protection. Oklahoma City, blame us! 9/11, blame us! Chelsea Clinton said it was Bush's tax cuts that led to 9/11. She did. Hurricane Katrina, blame us! Fort Hood, blame conservatives! Some lunatic shoots an abortion doctor, blame us! Swine flu, blame us! —Rush Limbaugh
|May 4, 2010||For every problem, there is not a solution but there is a villain, unless Islamic extremists are involved. Let me repeat that. As far as this regime concerned, for every problem, there is not a solution, but there is a villain, unless Muslim terrorists are involved...
Domestic terrorism, especially by Muslim terrorists, is apparently an unwanted distraction to be swept under the rug, if possible. —Rush Limbaugh
|August 19, 2010||Here's Kirsten Powers, Fox News Channel's Happening Now. Kirsten Powers and the Republican strategerist Chip Saltsman are the guests, and during a discussion about this new Pew poll, which is taken last week, this week, last month, it's an ongoing poll — he-he-he — Saltsman says, "A year ago one in ten believed he was a Muslim." Again it's not right, he's not now. "And now it's one in five think he's a Muslim."
POWERS: The reason for that is that you have people like Rush Limbaugh referring to him as Imam Hussein Obama.
RUSH: No, I have not said Imam Hussein Obama. I've never thrown Hussein in there, I just said Imam Obama. —Rush Limbaugh
|August 20, 2010||The American people are used to seeing their presidents go to church, but, no, Obama's getting his devotional from the BlackBerry. By the way, his devotionals come from his Muslim advisor, too. He's got a Muslim religious advisor. —Rush Limbaugh|
|August 20, 2010||It must be tricky being Barack Obama, winding down the U.S. presence in volatile Iraq, trying to keep Afghanistan from degenerating, pondering war with Iran, even as, according to the latest bulletin, one in five Americans thinks he is a Muslim." Yes, he's been working so hard. He's tamed the economy; he's tamed Iraq. The oil spill is fixed, he plugged a hole, and now he gets to go to Martha's Vineyard.
And Mr. Achenbach is very disturbed at the stupidity of you people, nearly 20% of you, 25, depending on the poll, believe that he is a Muslim. "Why not just believe he's an alien from outer space? Or a Manchurian Candidate, programmed by, say, the Chinese to bring America to ruin? Crazy times. —Rush Limbaugh
|Aughst 23, 2010||[A]nywhere from 20 to 25% of the American people think he's a Muslim and the number of people that think he's a Christian is plummeting. It can't be his fault, though. He can't have any role in it. No, it's gotta be me for saying "Imam Obama." —Rush Limbaugh|
|September 29, 2010||If it was okay and even laudatory to call Bill Clinton America's first black president, why can't we call Imam Obama America's first Muslim president? —Rush Limbaugh|
|November 23, 2010||We treat mass murdering pieces of human debris with kid gloves. Law-abiding passengers are treated as legitimate, genuine murder suspects. You cannot tell me this regime is serious about security. That's not what is going on at the airport. What's going on at the airport is the humiliation of the American people, and it is sending a signal of a weakened America, no credibility in the Muslim world. We're sending a message that we are a vulnerable country in the process of surrendering. —Rush Limbaugh|
|January 31, 2011||[T]he liberals, the Democrats, the media seem to be more embracing of the Muslim Brotherhood than the Tea Party movement... if Mubarak goes down, you're gonna have terrorists (Muslim Brotherhood) likely to have a seat at the Egyptian table of government, if not own the table. —Rush Limbaugh|
|January 31, 2011||There is not a Muslim nation democratic in the way we are anywhere in the world...
By the way, Snerdley, do you think the Muslim Brotherhood will blow up the pyramids?
Obama went over to Egypt, made a speech, outreach to all of Muslimdom. He even grew a quasi-mustache there for the appropriate facial hair during the speech. Where is the scrutiny? —Rush Limbaugh
|March 25, 2011||[W]e had this Clapper guy, the security guy for Obama saying, (paraphrasing) "Eh, Muslim Brotherhood, actually a bunch of good guys. I don't even know who they are." They're just like a bowling league, no big deal. —Rush Limbaugh|
|May 4, 2011||[W]henever it comes down to deciding between American or Muslim sensitivities, Obama always seems to side with the Muslim sensitivities. —Rush Limbaugh|
|October 26, 2011||Muslim students at Catholic University are claiming that Catholic University is too Catholic. Muslim students at Catholic University claim it's too Catholic, and they are demanding changes... Christian symbols make them uncomfortable when they pray in empty classrooms — At the heart of this complaint is the hope of establishing a Muslim prayer space on the campus that would be subject to different standards than the rest of the university — a little enclave of Islamic law where its ban on the display of crosses would be 'respected.'
The article continues. "This formal complaint also maintains that the new same-sex residence halls are particularly discriminating against female students, which is a new position on the same-sex lawsuit that began last month." So this university is being sued for all kinds of things. Is basically being sued because they're Catholic. Catholic University of America being sued because they're too Catholic by a whole bunch of different groups of people, not just the Muslims. So you see the assault on the traditions and institutions which have made the country great continues... —Rush Limbaugh
|December 9, 2011||Muslim women [must] stay away from cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, bananas and all that, men are supposed to stay away from melons. But kumquats are okay, anybody can reach for a kumquat. Snerdley, what's the melon supposed to be? The breast, a boob, what's it supposed to be? Are these guys dreaming or what? At any rate, it's the latest news out there, ladies and gentlemen. (interruption) Why did God make sexual fruit? The temptation, Snerdley, the temptation. To test us. God is testing these women with cucumbers, zucchini, bananas, testing them. You know, I'd love to call some of the NAGs, ask them about this, Gloria Steinem, she ever had temptation with a cucumber?
By the way, we scoured the internet. I had a question during the break and so far there is no proscription for Muslim clerics that prohibits men from handling, buying, or touching bagels. Apparently it's just women and cucumbers and so forth. Totally unfair. —Rush Limbaugh
|February 13, 2012||"The White House announced plans on Monday to help 'Arab Spring' countries swept by revolutions with more than $800 million in economic aid, while maintaining US military aid to Egypt." That means the Muslim Brotherhood. That's an earmark for the Muslim Brotherhood, which... They're not our buddies. They're not our friends. $800 million for the Taliban? $800 million for Al-Qaeda? These guys are gonna be upset. The Muslim Brotherhood gets $800 million and Obama's not giving money to the Taliban? Wait 'til Mullah Omar hears about this. Wait 'til Ayman al-Zawahiri at Al-Qaeda hears about this. —Rush Limbaugh|
|April 27, 2012||...story out of Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood now permitting sex with your dead wife for six hours after her death, one question I had of my own was, "Who provides the contraceptives when an Egyptian guy has sex with his dead wife?" I got an e-mail from a guy who said, "How did the Egyptian men know that their wife is dead when they're having sex with them?" I shoulda known that I was gonna get this kind of stuff. And now all the wizards of smart are saying, "Hey, Rush, ever heard of rigor mortis? I mean, that could be a way for the wife to continue the coital relationship post-death." I don't know enough about rigor mortis and how long it lasts and what all it affects. But it sounds good to me. —Rush Limbaugh|
|July 6, 2012||[W]ould somebody show me any Nobel prizes for math or science from the Muslim world? I'm going to get in a lot of trouble for this, but that's what we do here, we make the complex understandable, we deal with the truth. Most of these claims about Muslim contributions to science and math are myths. Even, folks, the so-called Arabic numbers were actually invented by the Hindus in 500 AD. I looked this up this weekend. It was even before there was such a thing as Islam. The Hindus created the so-called Arabic numerals and you can find this in Wikipedia if you want to believe it. —Rush Limbaugh|
|July 23, 2012||[We distinguish] Muslim terrorists from other Muslims. In a more sensible time, we did not say 'German Nazis' — we said 'Germans' or 'Nazis' and put the burden on non-Nazi Germans, rather than on ourselves, to separate themselves from the aggressors." —Rush Limbaugh|
|August 6, 2012||I have always heralded NASA for the contributions they have made to the advancement of science and the human standard of living, American standard of living. Obama shut it down. Some people told me, Ray, that they didn't know there were any Muslims on Mars because that's what Obama's turned NASA into after this, Muslim outreach. —Rush Limbaugh|
|August 19, 2012||[T]here's a Pew poll out today that more and more Americans think Obama is a Muslim and fewer and fewer think he's a Christian, and the media is wondering why. And the New York Times has a piece (summarized), "Well, there's gotta be utter confusion out there! Why do they think this? They must be hearing it on TV." No! They read it in the New York Times. —Rush Limbaugh|
|August 19, 2012||There's panic out there. "Poll shows more Americans think Obama is a Muslim." Spreading of falsehoods is to blame. Washington Post leaves out the fact in their story, one in ten Democrats think that Imam Obama is a Muslim, one in ten Democrats... over half of those who think he's a Muslim said they got the information from the media...
Senator Obama is half African by birth and Africans can understandably identify with him. In Islam, however, there is no such thing as a half-Muslim. Like all monotheistic religions, Islam is an exclusive faith.
"As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion. Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother's Christian background is irrelevant. Of course, as most Americans understand it, Senator Obama is not a Muslim. He chose to become a Christian, and indeed has written convincingly to explain how he arrived at his choice and how important his Christian faith is to him. His conversion, however, was a crime in Muslim eyes. ... it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder," that is, to quit Islam.
So according to Luttwak, Muslims look at this guy, he's a Muslim, his father was a Muslim and that's all it takes. The American people increasingly don't know. —Rush Limbaugh
|August 25, 2012||Now, Andy McCarthy, National Review Online, one of the editors over there, I mean this is a great, great piece. His headline: "Inventing Moderate Islam — It can't be done without confronting mainstream Islam and its Sharia agenda." It's a long piece, but McCarthy says we're being force-fed the idea there are moderate Muslims pouring out of our elite, totally bought-off universities. And McCarthy explains there's no such thing as a moderate Muslim. Now, Andy McCarthy, National Review Online, one of the editors over there, I mean this is a great, great piece. His headline: "Inventing Moderate Islam — It can't be done without confronting mainstream Islam and its Sharia agenda." It's a long piece, but McCarthy says we're being force-fed the idea there are moderate Muslims pouring out of our elite, totally bought-off universities. And McCarthy explains there's no such thing as a moderate Muslim. —Rush Limbaugh|
|September 12, 2012||If we're so concerned about hurting the feelings of Muslims, why is Obama bragging that he killed Osama so often. —Rush Limbaugh|
|September 17, 2012||You would think, folks, that if Obama is reelected, there would be riots in the Muslim world. Stop and think of that. Here's Obama, 21 times at the convention, (imitating Obama) "I killed him. I did it. I pulled the trigger. I killed Osama." Twenty-one times they made a big deal, "Osama dead, and I did it, and I run the drones, and whoever's gonna die, I say so." Okay, so they don't like that. If this guy wins reelection, shouldn't that cause riots in the Muslim world? —Rush Limbaugh|
|September 20, 2012||Answer this question with intellectual honesty: "If your average liberal had a choice to rid the world of Muslim extremism or American conservatism, what do you think the liberal would choose?"
And before you answer, try to remember what you've been told about what's being taught in schools about who the real enemy is in America today. The real enemy is any Republican and any conservative —Rush Limbaugh
|September 24, 2012||Islam [is] the one part of society that hasn't been completely controlled by government. —Rush Limbaugh|
|September 27, 2012||[The Obama Administration] didn't gut NASA. They just turned it into Muslim outreach. —Rush Limbaugh|
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