For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.
The apology was needed because, while said in a joking and mocking way originally, the words had become the story, not the absurdly indulgent claim by Fluke that she was being deprived of some “right” to free contraception from a Catholic institution which she chose to attend knowing full well about the policy.
Fluke is no innocent, and there is every reason to believe creating a controversy was her goal and upending Catholic teachings at a Catholic school was her mission.
Fluke was, in many ways, merely mimicking Alan Grayson’s infamous speech that Republicans want sick people to die quickly. She deserved vigorous criticism for her conduct and her attempt to demonize those who disagreed with her on religious grounds.
But that did not make her a slut or a prostitute, it just made her wrong.
By apologizing for the use of certain words, while reiterating the absurdity of Fluke’s claims, Rush did the right thing.
Now let’s get back to getting Fluke and her supporters to understand the meaning of these words which they so wilfully ignore:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….”
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