Sandra Fluke, a third-year student at Georgetown University Law School, was barred from testifying by Rep. Darrell Issa, the committee chair at the faith-based hearing on Capitol Hill, because he deemed her unqualified. Issa said the panel was supposed to focus on religious freedom and Fluke is not a member of any clergy. She eventually spoke to a Democratic hearing spearheaded by Pelosi on Feb. 23, where she talked about the need for birth control coverage. Fluke spoke of one friend in particular who needed contraception to prevent ovarian cysts.Rush Limbaugh, though, had a different take on Fluke's testimony. On his show Wednesday, he suggested that the reason Fluke cannot afford birth control is because she is having too much sex. "Can you imagine if you're her parents how proud of Sandra Fluke you would be?" he said. "Your daughter...testifies she's having so much sex she can't afford her own birth control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them, or the pope."Fluke testified that without insurance coverage, contraception can cost a woman as much as $3,000 during law school. "Three thousand dollars for birth control in three years? That's a thousand dollars a year of sex -- and, she wants us to pay for it," Limbaugh said, adding that high school boys applying to college should consider Georgetown. "They're admitting before congressional committee that they're having so much sex they can't afford the birth control pills!"The conservative radio host continued: "What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? 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. What does that make us? We're the pimps."Limbaugh shied away from his word choice towards the end of his show, saying "So, she's not a slut. She's round-heeled. I take it back." Round-heeled, though, is a euphemism for the same thing, an old-fashioned term for a "promiscuous woman." On today's show, Limbaugh turned up the heat and suggested that women who use insurance-covered birth control should post sex tapes online:"So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here's the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch," he said.
Since I grew up in an area of the country where lots of upstanding church-going people listen to Rush, I feel compelled to mention every once in a while that he is, you know, a horrible person who is deeply anti-Christian in his outlook. You want to damage your Christian witness and convince every fair minded skeptic you're a fraud? Simple, just profess a liking for Mr. Limbaugh. I'll never completely understand why evangelicals cannot see this.