Rush Limbaugh and Conservative Christians

March 11, 2009

Robert Parham has a good column at Ethics Daily today entitled "Is Rush Limbaugh the De-Facto Leader of Conservative Christians?" Over the past few weeks, many people have been calling Limbaugh the de-facto leader of the Republican Party and debating whether he is a good influence or not. Parham provides an even more focused question. After describing blasphemous remarks made by Limbaugh during the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, Parham notes the silence of conservative Christian groups that were part of the gathering. Where is the criticism from the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Alliance Defense Fund, and Focus on the Family? Here are a couple of highlights from Parham's piece:

When Lennon said, "We're more popular than Jesus," Bible-belt Christians roared with anger. They burned Beatles records, banned Beatles songs on the radio and boycotted Beatles concerts. They tolerated no rival claims to the messiah.

When Limbaugh uttered a parallel claim, those who see Christianity under attack offered no response. No cry of cultural hostility toward religion was heard. No demand for an apology boomed from pulpits. No boycott was launched.

Why is that?

Why is it that the Christian Right reacted with such reverence to a man who, through thinly disguised humor, disclosed his prideful self-perception and espoused a worldview that counters the biblical witness?

Are they afraid of Limbaugh? Are they afraid of his followers who pack their pews?

What explains the fact that Limbaugh can speak untruthfully, and yet he goes unchallenged by conservative Christians?
Some good questions, but the groups in question seem unlikely to provide an answer.