WASHINGTON -- Three female Iraq war veterans are calling for the American Forces Network (AFN) to stop broadcasting Rush Limbaugh's show, according to a statement released Monday by the progressive veterans' group VoteVets.org. The veterans pointed to recent controversial statements made by Limbaugh about Sandra Fluke, and women who use birth control, calling them "sluts" and "prostitutes." AFN is owned and operated by the Department of Defense, funded with taxpayer dollars, and accessible to troops serving overseas.
"Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform," said the statement, written by Iraq War Veterans Miranda Norman, Kayla Williams, and Robin Eckstein, and by Katherine Scheirman, former chief of medical operations for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.
"Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other -- women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are 'sluts' and 'prostitutes' is beyond the pale. It isn't just disrespectful to our women serving our country, but it's language that goes against everything that makes our military work. Again, we swore to uphold our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, and would not take that away from anyone - even Limbaugh. But that does not mean AFN should broadcast him. In fact, it shouldn't."
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