Our military should not have to listen to Limbaugh calling their fellow servicemembers sluts. (USAF
VoteVets, and the women veterans it represents, are
calling on the American Forces Network (AFN) to stop airing Rush Limbaugh's radio show
on its network.
Miranda Norman (who is a VoteVets.org Senior Advisor), Kayla Williams, and Robin Eckstein, all Iraq War Veterans, and Katherine Scheirman, former chief of medical operations for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany said the following:
"Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform. Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other - women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are "sluts" and "prostitutes" is beyond the pale. It isn't just disrespectful to our women serving our country, but it's language that goes against everything that makes our military work. Again, we swore to uphold our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, and would not take that away from anyone - even Limbaugh. But that does not mean AFN should broadcast him. In fact, it shouldn't."
So far, their demand is falling on deaf ears
On Monday, Pentagon press secretary George Little said the Defense Department had no plans to stop broadcasting Rush Limbaugh's show to service members on the American Forces Network. Limbaugh's show is part of the Defense Department's policy to broadcast shows that "reflect a wide range" of opinion, Little said.
Little said he had "not heard" of any review of whether Limbaugh's show remains suitable for broadcast after the controversy surrounding Limbaugh. Little also said he could not immediately say what the standards are for whether certain broadcasts are considered suitable by the Defense Department.
Perhaps a prominent veteran, say like Sen. John McCain, would be able to push a review of what is suitable for broadcast to our nation's troop, since he's condemned
Limbaugh's remarks, saying:
He’s an entertainer. But his remarks are totally unacceptable, totally and completely unacceptable. And there’s no place for it.
There certainly isn't a place for it on taxpayer-funded airways going out to America's fighting men and
women. Since we probably can't count on McCain to send that message to AFN, let's do it ourselves.
Send an e-mail to the Armed Forces Network, telling them there is no place on military airwaves for talk like Limbaugh's.
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