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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Pat Robertson Must Die

Cross-posted at DailyKos, Booman Tribune, & MyDD

Black folk need to assassinate 700 Club chairman Pat Robertson to stop his organization from becoming a launching pad for crony capitalist infiltration and right-wing extremism. We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability. We don't need another $200 billion federal court case to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm televangelist. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with. You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we should assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do him instead. After all, Robertson has made controversial statements in the past. In October 2003, he suggested that the State Department be blown up with a nuclear device. Clearly, this man is not stable and is a threat to the well-being of millions of Americans. We need to take him out.

Now that sounds certifiably insane, doesn't it? But that is almost word-for-word what Pat Robertson had to say about Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez yesterday on The 700 Club. I would like quote The Rude Pundit on this matter, but for the sake of innocent eyes a link will have to suffice.

If we assume - and this is a huge assumption - that Robertson actually is a Christian and not just a crook cold-cocking Christ for the cause of conservatism, then there are a couple things that Pat ought to bear in mind. There was this minor, somewhat unnoticed teaching of Jesus Christ that I'd like to bring to Pat's remembrance. Jesus once said, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Now, Jesus was only distilling the totality of Scripture into one sentence, it's not like He was saying anything important that Pat might want to bear in mind or anything, but I'd like to remind Pat of that - if you think it's a good idea to kill people with whom you disagree then you shouldn't have a problem when a ski-masked man slips into your bedroom and expedites your personal meeting with Jesus Christ. Remember, in that same passage Jesus also said, "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

It's easy to call for someone's death from the safety of your own pulpit. Let's see Pat go to Venezuela and knife Chavez himself - at 75 years of age I have a hunch that Pat would not survive that encounter. As for me, I am about tired of political opportunists besmirching the name of Jesus Christ. We don't burn heretics at the stake any more, but it sure does seem like a good idea sometime. I know, "Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." I just wish that reaping season would come more quickly, like right now. Pat should read Psalm 73 - and repent.

Emancipated by Athanasius @ 1:45 PM

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Do not your headline and first sentence put yourself dangerously close to the same ethical approach? I know it's not characteristic of you as it may be of him, but it sure sounds bad coming from your 'pen'.

Posted by Blogger larryrant @ Tuesday, August 23, 2005 7:33:00 PM #

Hm, burning heretics would be just another variant of the same thing. Reminds me of a bucket I have with a picture of a guy holding a bucket and on his bucket is a picture of him holding a bucket and on and on to infinitesimilitude.

I would recommend all Christians who are bothered by what Pat Robertson said (which should be all Christians, but, lamentably, won't be) to go to the CBN website and leave an anonymous message/prayer request for Pat.

Anonymous because otherwise you'll be on his mailing list.

Posted by Anonymous volneysimmons @ Tuesday, August 23, 2005 8:26:00 PM #


The headline is to grab people's attention, and the first paragraph is simply taking Robertson's own words and flipping them back on him. I thought I made it clear in the subsequent paragraphs that I was not actually advocating his death, but apparently I didn't make it clear enough. I think part of the problem is that I only linked to the WaPo article and not the NYT article - the first sentence was a rewording of something Robertson was quoted as having said in the NYT article: "Mr. Robertson said Mr. Chávez had 'destroyed the Venezuelan economy' and was turning the country into 'a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism.'" That probably would have helped with some context.

Posted by Blogger Athanasius @ Tuesday, August 23, 2005 11:27:00 PM #
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