Pat Robertson – threat or menace?

Well, Pat Robertson is out of his fucking mind.

Apparently, political assassination is a valid exemption to that whole “Thou shalt not kill” commandment.

CNN.com – Robertson: U.S. should ‘take out’ Venezuela’s Chavez – Aug 23, 2005

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  1. pippy Says:

    Pat Robertson is a kook. There was an interesting discussion about it on Democracy Now this morning. In the discussion they also brought up the fact that he is a very wealthy kook, and also believes that he manipulated god in some way so that he steered a hurricane away from Virginia Beach.
    He also in some way supported the Contras.
    Its on http://www.democracynow.org, if you are interested in the discussion.

    (p.s. Taliban. I think it has an i.)

  2. Amanda Says:

    While I know better than to presume to know the mind of God (or any other deities in charge around here) advocating assasination seems pretty much the opposite of anything that might be in it. I’m actaully considering the possibility that the Anti-Christ is working overtime these days. Not long ago Pope Benedict XVI (the former Hitler Youth, check it out I’m not just ranting) blessed some Ferraris. What was that about “blessed are the poor” and “it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven”?

  3. David Says:

    Eris,
    Haven’t seen it, but I’ll look it up.

    One of the things from this episode that struck a chord with me was that Robertson referred to Chavez as a “strong-arm dictator”.

    Politics and the English language, jeez.

    Hugo Chavez was democratically elected and survived an attempt to vote him out of office. He does enjoy the support of his people. But he’s no friend of the United States.

    Contrast that with, say, General Pervez Musharraf, the leader of Pakistan and our close ally in the War on Terror. He’s a dictator who came to power through a military coup. Hardly democratic. But he’s our ally now because he helped us fight the Taleban.

    Or contrast Chavez with Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi, who gave money to Black September in support of their assassination of Israeli atheletes in Munich, bombed a Berlin nightclub frequented by US servicemen, and bombed the flight over Lockerbie, Scotland. He’s our buddy now.

  4. eris Says:

    right. and, as my partner said, “there’s no better way to distance ourselves from terrorists than to publicly call for the assasination of an elected official.”

    did you ever see ‘the revolution will not be televised’? it’s not a great film in and of itself, and it’s certainly one-sided, but it’s fascinating. some irish journalists were making a documentary about chavez – and just happened to be there when the coup took place. amazing footage, especially when contrasted with the footage that was shown on tv (and in the US). it should be required watching for journalism students – could be used to initiate discussion about media manipulation.