Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Onward, Christian Slayer: Should The Whacked Decide Who Gets Whacked?

Televangelist Pat Robertson has really stepped in it now.

On the August 22 edition of his Christian Broadcast Network program The 700 Club, Robertson said of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, “We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability.”

He added that covert operatives could carry this out and save us the cost of a $200 billion war (could the financial reference indicate a rift between Robertson and the president he wholeheartedly backed for reelection in 2004?).

This is the first time I can remember a public figure so unambiguously calling for the murder of another public figure. Robertson did so in a very public manner – live on TV. All self-respecting people should condemn his remarks, but especially those who are his supporters.

This incident reminds me somewhat of when, after the 9/11 attacks, Robertson colluded with fellow Christian soldier Jerry Falwell in blaming feminists, gays, the ACLU, the Druids and Bigfoot for that day’s tragedies.

But this really shows the man’s true colors. Robertson’s 9/11 buffoonery pales in comparison to his advocating the murder of an elected leader with whom he is at ideological odds. I imagine before long, though, Robertson will be saying his comments were misunderstood and people with a left-wing agenda took him out of context for their own political gain.

This incident is a perfect illustration of what I see as the major paradox of the modern religious right. Some of the most high-profile, vocal figures of that ilk are staunchly pro-life, yet espouse pro-war, pro-gun and pro-death penalty stances without a second thought.

Now it looks like we can add pro-politically motivated assassination to that list.

The real paradox is that the message of love, peace and caring for your fellow man today isn’t coming from the Christian sector, despite their stated ideals; it’s primarily coming from the “angry left.”

8/24 ADDENDUM: http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/08/24/robertson.chavez/index.html

9/22 ADDENDUM: http://campusprogress.org/tools/543/know-your-right-wing-speakers-pat-robertson


presidentbobo said...

From the desk of Pat Robertson-

RE: Thou shalt not kill

I have spoken with Jesus on this matter in hopes of getting a little clarification. It turns out that "Big G" is flexible on this issue. This issue is not an absolute. "G" indicates that as Chrisitans, the Thou Shalt not Kill is more of a loose guideline. We can murder people who don't agree with us politically or who control vast energy resources...or, and here is the good news, desert kingdoms! So, basically we can do whatever we like in the name of "G".



rusty shakelford said...

I see you hate Christians on account of our intolerance (double standard?). But have you even read the bible or any part of it. When did God ever tell nations how to set policy or even to be peaceful to each other. The entire Bible is aimed at the individuals behavior towards other individuals, not governments actions on other governments. I know that, Robertson knows that, you wont get it.