|I'm really late to the Pat "Who Would Jesus Assassinate?" Robertson party. But I thought I'd weigh in.|
For those who have been under a rock this week, on Monday Robertson, on his 700 Club programme, called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez:
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. It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war, and I don't think any oil shipments will stop. 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 war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator. It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.So I have a few thoughts on that.
First, I'm really happy, especially in light of what I said a few days ago, that World Magazine and Christianity Today are calling a spade a spade here. It certainly took Christianity Today long enough. For a while there it seemed that the divorce of CCM singer Jaci Velasquez was more important than a prominent evangelical television show host calling for the assassination of a world leader. Which I guess it is if you're following the blueprint of the mainstream media. Nonetheless, they came thru in the end and I'm thankful. (Although World was still ignorant enough say that Robertson seemed more Muslim than Christian. If the writers and editors at World would open a history book, they would find that Robertson's comments are quite in keeping with the Christian tradition of slaughtering people, particularly dark-skinned people, for material gain.)
Anyways, today on the programme Robertson said that the AP misrepresented his comments:
I didn't say "assassination." I said our special forces should "take him out." "Take him out" could be a number of things including kidnapping. There are a number of ways of taking out a dictator from power besides killing him. I was misinterpreted by the AP, but that happens all the time.Of course, if you'll remember just a few paragraphs up, Robertson in fact did say assassination. Now, I'm sure Robertson is just as persecuted as the next faithful multi-millionaire who lives in a country where all three branches of the government are controlled by people who claim to be Christians. But if your memory is that faulty, maybe you should be taking some SGS742.
And then over here Robertson is apologising. So which is it? Dementia or just plain lies? It must be dementia, because I'm pretty sure Robertson was one of the morally upstanding Christians who took Bill Clinton to task for redefining the word "is."