During his (frighteningly) popular radio talk show on June 13, Rush Limbaugh didn’t hesitate to add Catholic nuns to his oh-so-scary list of “feminazis.” Limbaugh voiced his concern over the Vatican’s “doctrinal assessment” of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), where the Vatican had determined the LCWR to have ”serious doctrinal problems” because they are promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” The LCWR has spurred much reaction throughout the United States, including Nun Justice rallies, a nine-state bus tour, and a Change.org petition.
Limbaugh attacked the nuns for challenging the American bishops on the Affordable Care Act, which would improve access to affordable health coverage for everyone:
“Yeah, but what are the nuns doing? Do you know what the nuns are doing? The nuns have gone feminazi on everybody. This small group of nuns in the Catholic Church is going feminist, and the Vatican is obviously–well, a figure of speech, slapping them down. And the Vatican is trying to tamp it down and say, ‘No, no, no, that doesn’t happen. There’s no such thing as a feminist nun.’”
Actually, not only does the feminist LCWR represent 80 percent of U.S. nuns, but many Catholic nuns are beginning to support the pro-choice and pro-LGBT movements, as well.
After Limbaugh called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for testifying on the importance of contraceptive coverage for students and employees at religious-affiliated institutions, more than 100 advertisers boycotted Limbaugh’s show.
Keep these lovely “feminazi” comments coming, Limbaugh, because soon enough you will be “slapped down” and shut up for good. [Ms. Blog]
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