Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Robertson Calls for Political Assassination



By Lisa Haddock
NJ Faith Forum Editor

Is this the equivalent of a Christian fatwa*?

The Rev. Pat Robertson has called for the assassination of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.

"We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," the conservative Christian broadcaster stated during Monday's (Aug. 22) broadcast of "The 700 Club."

Chavez has close ties to Cuban Communist leader Fidel Castro. Robertson said that Chavez will turn Venezuela into "a launching pad for Communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent."

Bernardo Alvarez, Venezuela's ambassador to the U.S., stated: "Mr. Robertson´s call that U.S. government covert operatives murder President Hugo Chavez is a call to terrorism."

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*Note: A fatwa is a ruling by a Muslim authority. It can apply to any issue. It is not a death sentence.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting.

Anonymous said...

While it's legally (and morally) wrong to assassinate, it's legal to bomb 1,000's of innocent civilians in the name of 'war'. That too is immoral.

Bob said...

Of greater interest, Mimi Sheraton, trying out the crabs in a Virginia Beach seafood shack, reported: "Memorable though the simple food can be, it was no match for the sight of the television evangelist Pat Robertson, a habitué, digging in to a pile of iceberg lettuce, the salad green that is beyond redemption."
NYT 8/14/05