Rush Limbaugh Tells Businesses To Blame Anti-Gay Bigotry On Muslims

05/14/2015 11:14 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Good ol' Rush Limbaugh is at it again, and this time he is dishing up advice for businesses who want to deny services to same-sex couples: blame Muslims.

Limbaugh took on the subject of anti-gay discrimination on his radio show earlier this week. He blamed the American left for undermining religion and the institution of marriage and blamed "militant gay activists" for attacking business owners who refuse to serve same-sex couples because of religious beliefs. However, Limbaugh said, people who defend marriage equality also condemn offending Muslims with cartoon renderings of the Prophet Muhammad, even though Muslims might also be offended by same-sex marriage.

"I pointed out the other day, well, then should we maybe stop flouting and flaunting gay marriage, because gay marriage is really disapproved in Islam," he said on the show. "Gay marriage, homosexual behavior is not tolerated, it is not permitted and it is punished severely when it is caught, when it's spied. And yet in American media all over the place we are celebrating gay marriage, we are flaunting gay marriage, and I ask, does this not also offend Muslims?"

His suggestion to business owners was to cite "Muslim backlash" instead of religious freedom when denying service to gay couples.

Instead of telling the gay couple that you refuse to bake the cake for their wedding because you disapprove of homosexuality, you should now say you are not going to bake a cake for the gay wedding because you fear Muslim backlash. Or, due to your respect of Islam, you cannot bake a cake for a gay wedding. See how that flies. Since the left is agreeing, a bunch of people on the left have gone on TV, "I hate to say this, you know, Limbaugh's got a point. We do flaunt gay marriage at 'em, wow. Wow. That's a good point. I mean, we readily agree not to do the thing with the prophet and the pictures and the cartoons, but gay marriage, yeah, we're kind of in their face on that.

Not everyone is buying Limbaugh's logic.

"Rush Limbaugh should just have the courage to say that he supports discrimination against gay Americans simply because of their sexual orientation as opposed to trying to use it as another opportunity to demonize Muslims," writer and comedian Dean Obeidallah told The Huffington Post in an email. "As a Muslim American, I fully support marriage equality and find the denial of service to members of the LGBT community not just despicable but truly unAmerican. Hopefully people will wake up to threat of conservatives like Rush who want to turn their religious beliefs into American law. That is in essence Christian sharia law and has no place in our nation."

Last month, Limbaugh ranted about a Muslim-run bakery in Dearborn, Michigan, that allegedly refused to serve a cake for a faux same-sex wedding in an edited hidden-camera stunt produced by comedian and Fox News contributor Steven Crowder.

Dearborn Sweets owner Miriam Khansa said she never refused Crowder service, according to Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ. Her business has filled orders for same-sex weddings before, she told the station: “We were really bothered because whatever he was saying wasn't true. Like I said, we accept everybody here."

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