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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Robertson The Unreverent

Okay, I missed this story - so it was quite a shock when I read this post about Pat Robertson's call for Hugo Chavez to be assassinated at The Sundries Shack. If it weren't for the fact that I read Jimmie all the time and know that he is quite sane, I would have left a kindly comment to lay off the drugs and alcohol while seeking medical help. However, because of Jimmie's record of dogged and boring sanity, I clicked the link.

And Pat Robertson did say Hugo Chavez should be assassinated:
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. But this man is a terrific danger and the United ... This is in our sphere of influence, so we can't let this happen. We have the Monroe Doctrine, we have other doctrines that we have announced. And without question, this is a dangerous enemy to our south, controlling a huge pool of oil, that could hurt us very badly. 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.
How un-Christian! I agree with Jimmie's comments and if I had Pat Robertson's email address I would send him a kindly suggestion to lay off any drugs and alcohol while seeking medical and spiritual help.

I haven't read that Hugo Chavez has murdered hundreds of thousands of his own citizens. I haven't read that Hugo Chavez has waged aggressive war upon his neighbors. I think Hugo Chavez is a bit of a nut job, but nut jobs abound. If we were going to whack all the nut jobs we'd have to flatten Hollywood and take out a few of our elected representatives, and Christians don't advocate wholesale slaughter or even targeted assassinations. Look, even if Chavez wants to stop shipping oil to the US altogether, it is not Christian to then decree he must die.

So when did it become part of Christian doctrine to kill people as cheaply as possible? Inquiring minds want to know, you know? Is there a new special revised edition of the Robertson Bible? What, has it been inserted right after John 3:16? John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

????John 3:16a And thou shalt smite those who are your enemies, or those who you suspect might be your enemies, or those who might become your enemies, while it is still cheap to do so - especially if they control a huge pool of oil.????

Surely anyone can see the cognitive dissonance. Then there are those irritating but ineradicable Ten Commandments, including a prohibition on coveting that which is your neighbor's, stealing and murdering. Busting three at one shot. Way to go, Reverend.

It's time for Robertson to repent publicly or retire. Acts 8:18-24. It is not safe at all to do this:
Act 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Act 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
Act 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Act 8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Act 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Act 8:23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and [in] the bond of iniquity.
Act 8:24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
He is speaking neither the law nor the spirit.

yeah, I blogged on it earlier also. I saw a clip on CNN about Chavez's reaction. He said "I don't know who this man is. I don't care who this man is. But appearantly he has connections with the White House."
Might I suggest the last word of the title to this post be be changed to 'Irrelevant.'
problem is, Siggy, is that he is relevent. He has over 2 million daily viewers.
Snort - well, Robertson is going to find out he is irrelevant. This is like a bishop suddenly up and calling for Chirac to be knocked off.

Chavez has been running around talking about being assassinated anyway - he's an idiot.
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