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RUSH: Sterling, Illinois.  Ken, thanks for waiting.  Really appreciate it and welcome to the program.

CALLER:  Hey, Rush, how you doing today?

RUSH:  Good, sir.  Thanks very much.

CALLER:  Yesterday at my Catholic Mass the priest was giving his homily about the health care mandate and he also tied in to the First Amendment and the Constitution.  Well, a parishioner during the middle of the homily jumped up and started yelling at the priest, telling him that he was wrong, that's not true. And the priest, he didn't miss a step, he just kept on going --

RUSH:  Well, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.  Hold it a second.  You are at church?

CALLER:  Yep.

RUSH:  The priest is conducting Mass, he's in his homily, you said that?

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  He makes comments that Obama's mandates violate the First Amendment, and a liberal parishioner stands up and starts shouting at the priest?

CALLER:  Yep.  He stood up and started yelling at the priest, telling him he was wrong, that that's not true.

RUSH:  Did he throw a condom at him?

CALLER:  No.  No. (laughing)

RUSH:  Well, then he wasn't really militant.  If he'd-a had a condom and thrown it at the priest then you might have had a problem.

CALLER:  I sat there and I chuckled after a second because I've heard you in the past talk about how when liberals are losing, they act wacky.

RUSH:  They're losing, and they're liberals first, and whatever else is second and third.  So what did the priest do?

CALLER:  He just kept on giving this homily.  Didn't stop at all.

RUSH:  So why was this parishioner even there?

CALLER:  Our parish is probably 50-50 between conservatives and liberals, and yesterday was a good day because --

RUSH:  The liberal is a liberal first, and he's a Catholic second.  His beloved, precious leader was assaulted, and he had to stand up.  This is kind of like when Republicans stand up in Congress and say, "You lie!" to Obama.  Well, what did the rest of the faithful do when this happened?

CALLER:  Everybody was just kind of in shock and they were kind of laughing. They didn't know what to expect.  I mean after the Mass was over everybody was telling the priest, "Good job."  We were all giving him high fives, shaking his hand.

RUSH:  All right.  All right.  So the malcontent was overwhelmed by numbers at least?

CALLER:  Well, he stormed out right after he said it.

RUSH:  Good.  So the priest hung in there.

CALLER:  Yep.

RUSH:  Well.  Happy days are here again.  I appreciate that on-the-spot report. 

Karen in Centreville, Virginia.  You're next.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush.  I think we need to make a counterclaim against the fear tactics that are being used in the contraception issue.  The real fear should be that of mandatory contraception, which fits into the movement of the government into our lives and into our religion.

RUSH:  Yeah, yeah, I know what you're saying.  Her point here is an illustration of how totally out of phase things are, that there ought to be real anger that the government wants to provide contraception for everybody.  What business is it of the government's to be doing this?  That's where people ought to be offended.  They ought to not be offended when the church stands up, "What the heck, you can't make us do this."  That's where the outrage ought to be.

CALLER:  Well, mandatory contraception fits into the environmental religion and --

RUSH:  I know.  It fits the bill.  It completes the circle that man's the problem, that humanity is the biggest problem the planet has.  And, of course, the overpopulation crowd is still alive and well in the Democrat Party and that's part and parcel of this as well.  Appreciate the call, Karen.

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RUSH: Andy in St. Louis, great to have you, sir.  Thank you for waiting.  Hello.

CALLER:  Yeah, Rush, thank you.  Long-time listener and first-time caller.  You had a caller previously who called about one of their congregation walking out of church when they heard a homily from the pulpit.  I also belong to a Catholic Church here in St. Louis, steady member of the church, been there for many, many years, and we also received a homily based on the First Amendment, freedom of choice, and when the priest was finished giving the homily, there was a spontaneous applause from the whole congregation.

RUSH:  Yeah, I'm gonna tell you something.  This is the second such call today, which means this probably happened frequently over this past weekend.  I think Obama is gonna rue the day that he took this on.  He had the Catholic Church right where he wanted it. He had it in the palm of his hand. He had the Catholic Church believing the notion that government benefits equal charity.  That's what they went along with.  That's how the church was able to slide into this notion that welfare, liberalism, socialism was good because it equaled charity.  And he had 'em.  And now he has awakened what is potentially a sleeping giant.  These priests have not really been talking about this kind of thing too often, and now they are.  And I think all of this is in the process of backfiring on the regime big time.  Thanks, Andy, for the call. 

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