Rush Limbaugh has recently alleged that President Obama effectively gave ISIS the “green light” for the tragic shooting in Texas.
This Sunday, individuals armed with assault rifles attacked an event sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), a group listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Come Monday, Limbaugh had his theory in place.
“Why wouldn’t Americans have to respect and obey Islam’s laws and punishments regarding gays and women,” Limbaugh asked. “I mean, if it’s important to them, who are we to disagree? They say you can’t draw pictures of the Prophet, and we say, ‘You’re right, we can’t! And anybody that does, why, they’re going to get what’s coming to them.”
Limbaugh found his foothold in a statement from President Obama. At the United Nations General Assembly in September 2012, Obama said, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” That’s the only part Limbaugh pays attention to, but it’s part of a much longer passage from his remarks that include that the future must not belong to those who target Christians, or women, or thieves of a country’s resources. (I’ve placed the length of those remarks at the bottom of this article for those who are interested)
“[Obama] said at the UN and he said it as a number of places,” Limbaugh said. “Does that not sort of green light people in ISIS who want to take up arms and go after people who they believe are slandering the Prophet?
Listen to Limbaugh’s full remarks here:
Obama’s full remarks, from which Limbaugh takes his excerpt:
It is time to leave the call of violence and the politics of division behind. On so many issues, we face a choice between the promise of the future, or the prisons of the past. And we cannot afford to get it wrong. We must seize this moment. And America stands ready to work with all who are willing to embrace a better future.
The future must not belong to those who target Coptic Christians in Egypt – it must be claims by those in Tahrir Square who chanted, “Muslims, Christians, we are one.” The future must not belong to those who bully women – it must be shaped by girls who go to school, and those who stand for a world where our daughters can live their dreams just like our sons.
The future must not belong to those corrupt few who steal a country’s resources – it must be won by the students and entrepreneurs, the workers and business owners who seek a broader prosperity for all people. Those are the women and men that America stands with; theirs is the vision we will support.
The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to the credible, who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see in the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated, or churches that are destroyed, the the Holocaust that is denied.
Let us condemn incitement against Sufi Muslims and Shiite pilgrims. It’s time to heed the words of Gandhi: “Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.” Together, we must work towards a world where we are strengthened by our differences, and not defined by them. That is what America embodies, that’s the vision we will support.