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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Head of the Un-Christian Coalition Urges Assassination of Elected Venezuelan Leader

(cross-posted from Light Up the Darkness)

Hearing this story on NPR literally launched me out of bed this morning. Words cannot express my utter disgust with Pat Robertson, and amazement that any Christian allows him to demean their religion by calling himself one of them.

From Newsweek:
Robertson’s suggestion Monday that the United States “take out” Chavez to stop Venezuela from becoming a “launching pad for communist influence and Muslim extremism” appeared likely to aggravate tensions between the United States and the world’s fifth-largest oil exporting country.

(snip)

On Monday, Robertson said on the Christian Broadcast Network’s “The 700 Club”: “We have the ability to take him (Chavez) out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability.”

“We don’t need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator,” he continued. “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’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,” Robertson said. “It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... and I don’t think any oil shipments will stop.”

But about Chavez, the Newsweek article notes, "Chavez, who was democratically elected..."; "Although he is disliked in Washington, Venezuelans overwhelmingly supported Chavez in a failed recall effort by the opposition. "; "Chavez, a former army paratrooper, also has accused Washington of backing a short-lived coup against him in 2002, a charge U.S. officials have denied. Chavez is up for re-election next year, and polls suggest he is the favorite." (I seem to recall a certain U.S. pResident, who came to power by virtue of a Supreme Court decision in a contested election, was quick to congratulate the coup leaders in that 2002 attempt, which appeared briefly to have succeeded.)

As for "Muslim extremism", a quick check of the CIA World Factbook shows that the religious makeup of Venezuela is 96% Catholic, 2% Protestant, and 2% "other."

You can watch the rabid religionist spew the hate at iFilm.


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